Aloha from Maui

LAHAINA, Maui — Aloha auninala Buffs fans.

I made it to Maui late last night and attended the coaches press conference for the EA Sports Maui Invitational early this morning.

I am staying at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on one of the world’s most beautiful islands. It certainly makes up for the trips to Ames, Stillwater and Lincoln later in the season.

So far I haven’t had a chance to do any sightseeing or even jump into the Pacific Ocean yet, but I will do my best to mix in some fun between basketball games this week.

There isn’t an easy draw in this tournament, but Colorado might be playing the favorite tomorrow in Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs nearly won at No. 2 Michigan State last week and their players are used to competing against big-time non-conference competition.

I asked Zags head coach Mark Few what he learned about his team during the 75-71 loss in East Lansing, Mich.

“When we needed to we competed at the highest level. We really competed that game,” Few said. “We dug deep and got after it and played a good, hard-nosed, physical brand of basketball. I was proud of our guys for that.

“I wish we would have closed it out because we put ourselves in position to.”

CU coach Jeff Bzdelik said the Buffs will have to continue to make shots and somehow find an answer in the rebounding department against an athletic Gonzaga front court.

“They’ll run hard on makes and misses and we have to get back and stay organized and keep people in front of us,” Bzdelik said. “They have a nice blend with an inside-outside game. They’re very long inside. That’s a deep concern, keeping their length from getting great post-ups and second-chance opportunities.”

Well, I’m going to crank out some copy for the paper and then shoot a video report on the beach.

If I see Mike Bohn having lunch with Mike Shanahan I’ll let you know.

A hui hou.

About ryan

Ryan Thorburn has been a sports writer at the Camera since 2000. He covered the Denver Broncos beat for eight seasons (2000-2007). For the last six years Ryan has been covering the University of Colorado athletic department, including beat writing duties on men's basketball and column writing on football.
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