No need for a reminder, Chen's buzzer beater still fresh for Buffs

7:06 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - It couldn't have been closer. It should have counted.

The former is fact - the latter is what Colorado still believes.

Sabatino Chen made the buzzer beater from the top of the key to defeat No. 3 Arizona only to have the basket waved off because the referees looked at the replays and determined that the ball appeared to still be on his fingertips. Don't think the Buffs have forgotten about that.

 "Our guys know what happened there last year  - I don't have to remind them of that," Boyle asserted. Colorado will play in the McKale Center for the first time since Chen's now infamous shot.

 "It's just getting your mindset ready to play a very good Arizona team on the road knowing that our margin for error is very thin," he continued.  

Boyle admitted he was unsure if it should have counted in the moment. Looking back though, the head coach is firm in his belief that the ball left Chen's fingertips before the buzzer and was good. There will be no added motivation for this game - though that memory is still poignant - as Arizona enters the game as the No. 1 team in the nation.

"To scratch, claw and compete like they did - as a coach - that's all you could ask for. If we go down there with the same mindset... I like our chances," said Boyle. "I like the opportunity in front of us and I believe in our guys."

Colorado did topple Arizona in Boulder later in the year, but as they return to the scene of their misfortune Boyle won't need to mention it to have his player remember it.

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