Impact of Fortune Joining Colorado Buffaloes in NCAAB Odds

David Lawrence

Friday, August 1, 2014 6:21 AM UTC

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 6:21 AM UTC

How will the addition of Josh Fortune to Colorado Buffaloes' roster will impact their game and College Basketball betting odds this season? Join us to find out!

The Colorado Buffaloes made it into the NCAA tournament last year without their superstar player, Spencer Dinwiddie. Without their main man, however, they were absolutely crushed by the Pittsburgh Panthers in their first game. One question concerns the ability of this team to mentally bounce back from that kind of loss, which can have a negative effect on a program and a group of young kids. However, the Buffaloes can’t control that right now. They need to think about their roster makeup, and that’s what head coach Tad Boyle has tried to do with his latest move, the addition of guard Josh Fortune from Providence.


What Does This Mean For Colorado?
The Buffaloes’ offense suffered a lot without Dinwiddie last season. Colorado didn’t have a breakdown guy who could lose defenders off the dribble and create his own shot. Fortune is not a replacement for Dinwiddie, but he is a response to the need for this team to find a wing presence that can hopefully contribute as a third- or fourth-option scorer and bolster this team’s level of depth. You’re not likely to see Colorado in 2015 trying to route its offense through one guy. That’s not how the coming season’s roster is likely to be constructed. Boyle and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping to see a situation in which they get 10 points a game from four or five guys, instead of needing one guy to go for 20 and another to go for something in the area of 16 points per game.

Fortune averaged 8.4 points and 2.1 assists per game with Providence last season. He offers good size and physicality for his position. He’s a big guard with some muscle. He would be able to help the Buffaloes as a post or wing defender against shooting guards or small forwards that might try to play with their backs to the basket. He gives Colorado that level of versatility and will certainly help on defense against a physical, grinding kind of team such as Arizona in the Pac-12 South.

The key concern is Fortune’s offense, even though the coaches aren’t going to view him as a first or second option. Fortune scored only 8.4 points per game even though he played alongside Bryce Cotton, a superstar point guard who did control the ball a lot, but still drew a lot of attention from opposing defenses. Cotton’s presence on the floor drew defenders, so one would think that Fortune should have been able to do more as a scorer than what he showed. Maybe without a superstar point guard on the floor in Boulder, Fortune might demand the ball more and feel more willing to look for offense. That’s going to be a huge issue for Boyle and the rest of the coaching staff when the season begins.


How To Bet The News
It’s not a decisive move for College Basketball betting odds. It’s one Colorado needed to make, but the Buffaloes probably didn’t get the kind of player who will really turn them around. Don’t change the way you pick your college basketball bets on Colorado.

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