You can call it confidence, bordering on overconfidence, or call it flat-out being cocky. Buffaloes guard Spencer Dinwiddie definitely blurs this fine edge, and he may have a right to.
“The politically correct answer would be, it is a blessing to hit shots and I am thankful. But in my honest opinion I don't think anyone can guard me at any time,” Dinwiddie said candidly after the game.
The smooth sophomore led Colorado to an upset of No. 9 Arizona, 71-58. He was efficient, making 5-of-6 shots and accounting for five assists in the second half. He was poised amongst in an overall chaotic environment, noise levels reached upwards of 115 decibels. And he was practically unstoppable, scoring 19 of his game high 21 points after intermission.
He imposed his will, and there was little anybody could do about it.
But it comes as no surprise to Colorado head coach Tad Boyle, as well as many others, as to what Dinwiddie is capable of. He is the focal point of the team, and the development as a player along with his coming of age is quickly getting him recognized as one of the best in the Pac-12.
“Spencer is growing up before our eyes; he is becoming one of the premier guards in this league,” Boyle said. “I would not trade Spencer for anybody, what he brings to this team, his ability, Spencer is special."
It’s this air about him that makes Spencer, Spencer. He is ninth in the conference in scoring (14.8), fifteenth in assists (1.2) but first in free throws make and taken. Don’t let that off-the-court conviction fool you, he’s just as much of a threat on the floor.