February 23, 2009 1:22 PM
If there's a silver lining in CU's loss Saturday against Missouri, maybe it's this: The Buffs' opponent Wednesday night (8:30 p.m., Coors Events Center) plays pressure defense and tries to run the court like the Tigers.
So, maybe having played Mizzou twice (both Buffs losses) acclimates CU on what to expect from Oklahoma State and first-year coach Travis Ford.
CU coach Jeff Bzdelik said the Tigers and Cowboys ``are very similar in the way they play,'' adding that might simplify preparations as his team looks for a way to snap a seven-game losing streak -- CU's longest since losing eight straight during the 1995-96 season.
The Cowboys, noted Bzdelik, ``shoot a lot of threes, spread and penetrate, drive and kick and attack the rim well -- especially (Byron) Eaton.''
Bzdelik, whose patience apparently came close to wearing through at halftime Saturday,
reiterated during Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference that his second CU team is neither tough enough nor strong enough.
``A lot of that has to do with being young . . . we've just got to keep pushing through it,'' he said.
Bzdelik conceded losing ``can beat you up,'' but said he still believes his team is ``young and resilient enough'' to show improvement in the season's final four regular-season games and the conference tournament.