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November 25th – GameDay!

… CU in the Arena … 

CU v. South Dakota – Manhattan, Kansas … 6:00 p.m., MT, ESPN+

From CUBuffs.com

THE SEASON: Colorado officially opens the 118th season of varsity men’s basketball by facing South Dakota at the Little Apple Classic in Manhattan, Kansas …

FOR OPENERS: Colorado is 82-35 (.701) in all-time season openers and has won its last four. The Buffaloes are 8-2 under head coach Tad Boyle and 35-5 in overall season openers since 1980-81. The Buffaloes begin with a neutral site game for the second-straight season and third time in five years. Colorado defeated Arizona State, 81-71, in last year’s Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. In 2015-16, the eventual NCAA Tournament bound Buffaloes dropped a 68-62 decision to Iowa State in Sioux Falls, S.D.

NONCONFERENCE NUMBERS: Colorado is 96-31 (.756) in nonconference regular season games under head coach Tad Boyle including a 49-14 mark (.778) since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Colorado was 11-2 in the nonconference schedule in 2019-20, the team’s third 11-2 start in the last 10 years, joining the 2013-14 and 2015-16 squads. It’s the fourth 11-win nonconference for the Buffs in the Boyle era. Colorado was 11-4 in 2010-11, its final year in the Big 12 Conference.

ABOUT THE COYOTES: South Dakota opens its season against Colorado, coming off a 20-12 record in 2019-20 and a third place showing in the Summit League. The Coyotes lost four of five starters from last year and have only one returning player that averaged more than four points or 13 minutes per game. USD was picked to finish fifth in the annual Summit League Preseason Poll.

South Dakota’s lone returning starter is senior forward Stanley Umude who averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last year en route to All-Summit League Second Team Honors.

SERIES RECORDS: This will be the second meeting between Colorado and South Dakota. The Buffaloes won the prior meeting, an 82-58 decision at the CU Events Center on Dec. 4, 2018.

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November 24th

… CU in the Arena … 

D’Shawn Schwartz: “We’re ready to go. We can’t wait to get out on the floor”

From the Daily Camera … On Wednesday those summer and fall sacrifices finally will come to fruition, as CU at long last gets a chance to start making amends for last year’s late swoon in a much-anticipated season opener against South Dakota at a multi-team event hosted by Kansas State.

“We’re ready to go. We can’t wait to get out on the floor,” senior wing D’Shawn Schwartz said. “It’s been a long time coming. It felt extra long just because we haven’t had any internal sources of fun. Now it’s just like when you get on that court, that’s the getaway. That’s the getaway from Zoom, from the room, all that. We’re so ready to play. It’s going to be a fun time.”

The Buffs were on track to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 last March, but when the onset of the pandemic forced the cancellation of the tournament, the Buffs were left to stew on the five-game losing streak that turned a possible run at the Pac-12 title into a tumble down the tournament seed projections.

As was the case for just about everybody, the offseason turned into being less about putting a finger on what went wrong to turning the page and remaining healthy and safe enough to compete again in 2020-21. Though league rivals like Arizona and Arizona State have suffered hiccups with their season openers, and regional peers like Colorado State and Denver have momentarily been shut down, the Buffs are ready to roll.

“These kids have worked too hard. They’ve come too far,” said head coach Tad Boyle, who begins his 11th season at CU. “Again, most of our scholarship players have been on campus since June 7. They went home a little bit in August and had to do some quarantine when they came back. But think about it — from June 7th until now, they’ve handled their business. They’ve worked hard. They have sacrificed socially. They’ve sacrificed with their families, not being around them and not going home and seeing them when they’d like to. Before we start practice in the fall we usually give our guys the weekend off to go home and see them one more time because this season is going to be a long one. We couldn’t even do that.

“I’m just really proud of our guys. It will be a special tipoff. More so this year than others.”

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Pac-12 conference schedule released 

From the Pac-12 … The Pac-12 Conference released the remaining game dates for the league’s inaugural 20-game regular season for 2020-21 on Tuesday.

With reorganized dates for the league’s additional early December games announced in late October, all game dates for the 20-game Conference season have now been set.

Television network designations and start times will be announced as available in the future. All 120 Conference games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.

The Conference received approval to move to a 20-game format in May 2019, and announced original dates for the additional two games in December 2019. However, due to the NCAA’s shift in season start date to Nov. 25, programs were allowed to reach mutually agreeable dates for the previously scheduled league games. In total, five of the original 12 dates were moved to allow for flexibility in non-league scheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The remainder of league play will resume on New Year’s Eve and conclude March 6 ahead of the 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 10-13.

All basketball competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, as previously announced on September 24 when the Pac-12 CEO Group voted to resume football, basketball and winter sport seasons. The regular-season schedule has been designed to allow for flexibility should a need arise for rescheduled contests.

PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL 2020-21 CONFERENCE ADDED DECEMBER GAMES

Wed., Dec. 2, 2020 – Colorado at Arizona; Oregon State at Washington State
Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020 – Arizona State at California; Washington at Utah
Sat., Dec. 5, 2020 – Washington State at Colorado
Sun., Dec. 6, 2020 – California at UCLA
Sat., Dec. 12, 2020 – Oregon at Washington*
Sun., Dec. 13, 2020 – Stanford at USC*
Sat., Dec. 19, 2020 – Arizona at Stanford
Sun., Dec. 20, 2020 – USC at Oregon State*
Tues., Dec. 22, 2020 – Utah at Arizona State*
Wed., Dec. 23, 2020 – UCLA at Oregon*
* – Adjusted from original date

PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL 2020-21 CONFERENCE GAME DATES (12/31 – 3/7)
Thurs., Dec. 31
Arizona at Washington
Arizona State at Washington State
Colorado at USC
California at Oregon
Stanford at Oregon State
Utah at UCLA

Sat., Jan. 2
Arizona at Washington State
Arizona State at Washington
California at Oregon State
Colorado at UCLA
Stanford at Oregon
Utah at USC

Wed., Jan. 6
Oregon State at Utah

Thurs., Jan. 7
Oregon at Colorado
UCLA at Arizona State
USC at Arizona
Washington at Stanford
Washington State at California

Sat., Jan. 9
Oregon State at Colorado
UCLA at Arizona
USC at Arizona State
Washington at California
Washington State at Stanford

Sat., Jan. 9 OR Sun., Jan. 10
Oregon at Utah

Wed., Jan. 13
California at Colorado
Stanford at Utah

Thurs., Jan. 14
Arizona at Oregon State
Arizona State at Oregon
Washington at USC
Washington State at UCLA

Sat., Jan. 16
Arizona at Oregon
Arizona State at Oregon State
California at Utah
Stanford at Colorado
Washington at UCLA
Washington State at USC

Wed., Jan. 20
Colorado at Washington

Thurs., Jan. 21
Arizona at Arizona State
UCLA at California
USC at Stanford
Utah at Washington State

Sat., Jan. 23
Colorado at Washington State
Oregon State at Oregon
UCLA at Stanford
USC at California

Sun., Jan. 24
Utah at Washington

Wed., Jan. 27
Washington State at Washington

Thurs., Jan. 28
California at Arizona State
Oregon at UCLA
Oregon State at USC
Stanford at Arizona

Sat., Jan. 30
California at Arizona
Oregon at USC
Oregon State at UCLA
Stanford at Arizona State
Utah at Colorado

Thurs., Feb. 4
Arizona at Utah
Arizona State at Colorado
Stanford at California
Washington at Oregon State
Washington State at Oregon

Sat., Feb. 6
Arizona at Colorado
Arizona State at Utah
UCLA at USC
Washington at Oregon
Washington State at Oregon State

Thurs., Feb. 11
Colorado at Stanford
Oregon at Arizona State
Oregon State at Arizona
UCLA at Washington State
USC at Washington
Utah at California

Sat., Feb. 13
Colorado at California
Oregon at Arizona
UCLA at Washington
USC at Washington State
Utah at Stanford

Sun., Feb. 14
Oregon State at Arizona State

Wed., Feb. 17
Arizona State at USC

Thurs., Feb. 18
Arizona at UCLA
California at Washington State
Colorado at Oregon
Stanford at Washington
Utah at Oregon State

Sat., Feb. 20
Arizona at USC
Arizona State at UCLA
California at Washington
Colorado at Oregon State
Utah at Oregon

Sun., Feb. 21
Stanford at Washington State

Thurs., Feb. 25
Oregon at Stanford
Oregon State at California
UCLA at Utah
USC at Colorado
Washington at Arizona State
Washington State at Arizona

Sat., Feb. 27
Oregon at California
Oregon State at Stanford
UCLA at Colorado
USC at Utah
Washington at Arizona
Washington State at Arizona State

Sat., March 6
Arizona State at Arizona
Colorado at Utah
Oregon at Oregon State
USC at UCLA
Washington at Washington State

Sat., March 6 OR Sun., March 7
California at Stanford

 

 

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November 23rd 

… CU in the Arena … 

With cancellations aplenty nearby, Buffs just trying to get to the opener safely

From the Daily Camera … As the Colorado Buffaloes begin the first game week of a season they hope will continue to feature continuous game weeks until March, the goal is simple yet tenuous. A balance of anticipation and trepidation that might also continue through March.

CU men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle talked on a video media session Monday morning, roughly 56 hours before his squad is scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against South Dakota in Manhattan, Kansas. Reaching that seemingly innocuous goal of getting to tipoff won’t be as easy as simply checking the hours off the clock, as the coronavirus pandemic already has made a mess of college basketball’s scheduled opening night on Wednesday.

Boyle is crossing his fingers that the Buffs, who haven’t suffered a single positive test amongst its scholarship players since the bulk of the team reconvened on campus in June, can produce a safe and victorious two-game, season-opening trip to Kansas State.

“We have to get Wednesday at 7 p.m. (6 MT) in Manhattan, Kansas,” Boyle said. “If we can do that, it will be a hell of an accomplishment for these young men. You look at what’s going on through our state, it’s another testament to our guys and, knock on wood, people keep staying safe and healthy.”

On Friday, Colorado State announced it is suspending activities for its men’s basketball program through Dec. 2 due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program, casting at least a shadow of concern over the Rams’ scheduled Dec. 8 visit to the CU Events Center.

On Monday, the hits kept coming. The University of Denver, coached by former CU assistant Rodney Billups, announced the cancellation of its season-opener Wednesday against Colorado Christian due to positive tests within the Pioneers’ program. No. 11 Tennessee, with former CU assistant Kim English on staff, suspended all team activities after head coach Rick Barnes tested positive for COVID-19. No. 9 Duke was forced to cancel its opener against Gardner-Webb.

The opening week schedule-juggling has struck the Pac-12, as well. Arizona’s opener against Northern Arizona was canceled, as was No. 18 Arizona State’s highly-anticipated showdown against No. 2 Baylor in Connecticut. Instead, the Sun Devils will play Rhode Island.

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November 22nd 

… CU in the Arena … 

Despite all the records, Tad Boyle not satisfied as 11th season set to open

From CUBuffs.com … Tad Boyle has always been a student of history.

It is why, when he was hired as the Colorado Buffaloes’ 18th men’s basketball coach in 2010, he exhibited some restraint when he began exploring the real estate market in Boulder.

“I remember driving around with my wife and a realtor when we were looking for houses,” Boyle recently said with a chuckle. “I told her, ‘Now we have to be careful here. I may not have this job for more than 2 or 3 or 4 years. Let’s lower the bar, so to speak.'”

Boyle was simply being pragmatic. He knew that coaching men’s basketball at Colorado was neither an easy or forgiving task. He knew that of the previous 17 coaches in CU history, only four had lasted at least 10 years, and only one of the six before him had lasted longer than six seasons.

But instead of repeating history, Boyle has rewritten it. Now entering his 11th season at Colorado — fourth on the all-time longevity list at CU and well within striking range of Nos. 2 and 3 — he has produced arguably the most successful decade in program history.

The numbers tell the story:

— Nine winning seasons in 10 years.

— Second on CU’s all-time victory list with 210, trailing only Sox Walseth’s 261.

— Second-best winning percentage in program history (minimum four seasons) at .610, trailing only Forrest Cox’s .623.

— Seven of Colorado’s 11 total 20-win seasons.

— All four of CU’s top win seasons (24 twice, 23 twice).

— First head coach in CU history to take the Buffs to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as the first to take Colorado to seven consecutive postseason appearances.

— Only CU coach to win 20 games in his first four years, and the only CU coach to own seven 20-win seasons.

— A .564 postseason winning percentage, best in school history.

— Four conference tournament semifinal appearances and one conference tournament title.

— 15 of CU’s all-time 26 conference tournament victories.

— Six NBA Draft picks, including three first rounders.

Those numbers are just the highlights, but they are clearly a testament to the job Boyle has performed in just his second collegiate head coaching stop. Along the way, he has also increased attendance, captured the attention of CU’s student body, and put the Buffs into the national conversation on a consistent basis.

But the best part? While understandably proud of what he has accomplished at a school that struggled more often than not in men’s hoops, Boyle is far from satisfied.

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November 19th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tyler Bey traded from 76ers to Dallas Mavericks 

From Sports Illustrated … The Dallas Mavericks ended up with a third rookie on Wednesday night, acquiring Colorado’s Tyler Bey at No. 36 overall as part of the Josh Richardson-Seth Curry trade.

The Mavs acquired the pick after trading Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers for Richardson. The 76ers conveyed the No. 36 overall pick to Dallas as part of the trade.

The Mavs ended up with a haul on Wednesday night, taking Arizona wing Josh Green with the No. 18 overall pick (a pick that, at one point, was rumored to be conveyed to Oklahoma City for acquiring Dalino Gallinari) and Stanford guard Tyrell Terry with the No. 31 overall pick. The Mavericks received that pick four years ago in a trade to acquire Andrew Bogut from the Golden State Warriors.

Bey, 6-foot-7, like Green, would give the Mavs some help on the defensive side of the floor. Bey was named the 2019-20 Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, along with earning league All-Defensive Team and All-Pac-12 Second Team honors. He was Colorado’s second Defensive Player of the Year in any conference, joining Andre Roberson who earned the Pac-12’s honor in 2012-13.

But he can also give Dallas some help on the offensive side. In three seasons with Colorado, Bey finished as one of seven Buffs to finish their career with 1,000 points and 800 rebounds. His career averages were 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. He also ended his CU career No. 8 in rebounds (800), No. 9 in double-doubles (31) and No. 10 in blocked shots (102).

In his final season in Boulder, Bey averaged 13.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks. He led the Buffaloes in rebounds, steals and blocks that season. He was also their second-leading scorer.

Tyler Bey taken in the second round by the 76ers (8th pick; 38th overall)

Related … Tyler Bey’s CU Career at a Glance … from CUBuffs.com 

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado’s Tyler Bey was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft with the 36th overall pick Wednesday night.

A native of Las Vegas, Bey was the 2019-20 Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year while earning league All-Defensive Team and All-Pac-12 Second Team honors. Bey averaged 13.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks as a junior, leading the Buffaloes in the latter three categories and ranking second in scoring.

Bey, a 6-foot, 8-inch, 216-pound forward, is Colorado’s third NBA Draft pick in the last four years and sixth in the 10-year Tad Boyle era.

Overall, he is Colorado’s 35th NBA Draft pick and the second Buffs pick by the 76ers. Chuck Williams was a sixth round pick of the 76ers in 1968.

Reports by ESPN have Bey being part of a proposed trade that will eventually land him with the Dallas Mavericks, though all proposed trades have to pass through NBA Legal before being finalized. Andre Roberson was in a similar situation in 2013, drafted by Minnesota 26th overall eventually landing in Oklahoma City.

Bey led the Pac-12 in rebounding and defensive boards (7.0 drpg), third in double-doubles (12), fifth in steals, seventh in blocks, eighth in offensive rebounds (2.0 orpg), ninth in field goal percentage and 17th in scoring. He was the only conference player ranked in the top 15 in rebounds, blocks and steals.

In addition to his 2019-20 conference honors, he was a NABC All-District 19 Second Team pick, one of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and one of 15 on the Midseason Team for Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.

As a sophomore, Bey was the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year and a first team all-league pick. He averaged 13.6 and 9.9 rebounds per game and his overall rebound total of 356 was the second most in a single season in team history.

For his three-year career, Bey averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block over 99 games with 87 starts. He’s one of seven Colorado players to eclipse 1,000 points and 800 rebounds and only the third documented player to reach 1,000 points, 750 rebounds and 100 blocks.

Bey ranks eighth in rebounds (800), ninth in double-doubles (31), 10th in blocks (102) and field goal percentage (.530) and 29th in points (1,113) on Colorado’s all-time lists.

Following his junior season, Bey declared for the NBA Draft which would normally be held in June, but delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was invited to participate in the NBA Draft Combine, held both virtually with some in person workouts. He posted a 43.5-inch max vertical leap, setting an NBA Combine record for forwards.

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November 18th

… CU in the Arena … 

Could Tyler Bey sneak into the first round tonight?

From SportsPac-12.com … The 2020 NBA draft was originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in June. However, due to COVID-19, it was pushed back to October, and has since been rescheduled for 5:00 p.m. MT tonight. It will be conducted via videoconferencing from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.

I’ve included projections for all the selections in the first two rounds, but have only commented on the ones that matter most to us here in Pac-12 Country—the six Conference players I think will go in the First Round, and the four I expect to be taken in the Second Round.

Second Round – Pick No. 1 … No. 31 …  Dallas – Tyler Bey, Small Forward, Colorado

► A long player with a great all-around game like Bey seems like someone any team could use. He might even be able to sneak into the back end of the first round.

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November 16th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU’s seven-game non-conference schedule (starting next Wednesday!) includes K-State; CSU

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Regional rivals and a pair of Power 5 opponents highlight the abbreviated University of Colorado men’s basketball nonconference schedule announced on Monday.

Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Omaha will visit the CU Events Center during an eight-day span in December; the Buffaloes’ only home nonconference opponents. Colorado will play three neutral site games and one road contest to round out the preseason slate which was cut to seven games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Buffaloes are set to open, as previously announced, at the Little Apple Classic in Manhattan, Kan. Colorado tips off against South Dakota, which recently replaced South Dakota State, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m.. The Buffaloes will face former Big Eight/Big 12 rival Kansas State on Friday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Buffaloes defeated the Wildcats, 87-75, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big 12 Tournament.

After opening Pac-12 Conference play at Arizona (Wednesday, Dec. 2) and home against Washington State (Saturday, Dec. 5), Colorado resumes nonconference action by hosting Colorado State on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The following week, the Buffaloes host Northern Colorado (Monday, Dec. 14) and Omaha (Wednesday, Dec. 16) to round out an overall four-game home stand.

Colorado’s three home nonconference games will be its fewest since 1964-65, when Denver, Drake and Wyoming were the only non-Big Eight opponents to visit Boulder. The Buffaloes’ 13 scheduled home regular season games will be their fewest since having that same number for the 1989-90 season.

Colorado wraps up the nonconference schedule with two games at the Far West Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against one familiar opponent and a new one. The Buffaloes will play a “nonconference” game against Washington on Sunday, Dec. 20. Colorado will finish off nonconference play with a first-time match up with Grand Canyon on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Similar to last year’s Pac-12 China game against Arizona State, the match up with the Huskies will not count toward the league standings. Washington was one of two schools that Colorado was only to face once with the league’s new 20-game schedule. Adding the Huskies during the nonconference schedule leaves Arizona State as the only Pac-12 team the Buffaloes will face once during the regular season – that game taking in place in Boulder, the week of Feb. 3-7, 2021.

The Pac-12 schedule is set to resume the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3. Times and television for the rest of the nonconference games, as well as dates and times for the remaining Pac-12 contests, will be announced at a later date.

2020-21 Colorado Men’s Basketball Schedule (As of Nov. 16, 2020)

 

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME (MT)TV
Wednesday, Nov. 25^-vs. South DakotaManhattan, Kan.6 p.m.TBA
Friday, Nov. 27^-at Kansas StateManhattan, Kan.6:30 p.m.ESPNU
Wednesday, Dec. 2*at ArizonaTucson Ariz.TBATBA
Saturday, Dec. 5*WASHINGTON STATEBOULDERTBATBA
Tuesday, Dec. 8COLORADO STATEBOULDERTBATBA
Monday, Dec. 14NORTHERN COLORADOBOULDERTBATBA
Wednesday, Dec. 16OMAHABOULDERTBATBA
Sunday, Dec. 20!$-vs. WashingtonLas Vegas, Nev.TBATBA
Tuesday, Dec. 22$-vs. Grand CanyonLas Vegas, Nev.TBATBA

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November 12th

… CU in the Arena … 

Preseason media poll: UCLA picked to win Pac-12

From the Pac-12 … For the first time since 2011-12, UCLA has been voted the favorite to win the 2020-21 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball title in a vote of 23 media members who cover the league.

Just 10 points separated the top three teams – UCLA, ARIZONA STATE and OREGON – in the poll, the closest vote among the top three in the 37-year history of Conference preseason picks.

The Bruins, who were ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 earlier this week, collected nine first-place votes and 251 points to edge projected runner-up Arizona State – the AP preseason No. 18 Sun Devils garnered five first-place votes and 246 points to match their highest ever preseason prediction (2008-09 Media, 1985-86 Coaches).

Defending Pac-12 regular-season champion and AP preseason No. 20 ranked Oregon netted seven first-place votes and 241 points to slot in third.

STANFORD picked up one first-place vote and 209 points to check in fourth, its highest appearance since 2012-13 (fourth), while ARIZONA (173 points) and USC (one first-place vote, 154 points) rounded out the top half of the poll. COLORADO, UTAH, WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON STATE and OREGON STATE completed the predicted order of finish.

Media have correctly picked the Conference winner 17 times in 31 tries, including five times in the Pac-12 era (since 2011-12), while the winner has been accurately chosen in 21 of the 36 all-time preseason votes.

2020-21 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

Team (First Place Votes)Points
1. UCLA (9)251
2. ARIZONA STATE (5)246
3. OREGON (7)241
4. STANFORD (1)209
5. ARIZONA173
6. USC (1)154
7. COLORADO149
8. UTAH131
9. WASHINGTON85
10. CALIFORNIA65
11. WASHINGTON STATE54
12. OREGON STATE36

McKinley Wright named first-team All-Pac-12

From the Pac-12 … All 12 programs were represented on the 2020-21 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball preseason All-Conference Teams as selected by media who cover the league and revealed ahead of the league’s virtual media day on Thursday.

Preseason league favorite UCLA led all programs with four honorees across the 20 selections (First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention), headlined by First Team pick Chris Smith and Second Teamer Tyger Campbell.

Preseason runner-up ARIZONA STATE followed with three honorees all from its potent backcourt – First Team pick and Associated Press Preseason All-American Remy Martin and Second Team selections Josh Christopher and Alonzo Verge Jr.

OREGON and STANFORD were the only programs with multiple First Team selections in the Ducks’ Chris Duarte and Will Richardson, and the Cardinal’s Oscar da Silva and Ziaire Williams.

Christopher and Williams were joined by fellow McDonald’s All-American Evan Mobley of USC as freshmen to earn preseason recognition.

Six All-Conference and two All-Defensive Team selections from last season are slated to return for 2020-21 – the eight returning all-league picks being the most to return to the Conference since its record-setting 2015-16 campaign. Additionally, six NBA Draft early-entry candidates elected to return to Pac-12 programs – First Team All-Conference performers Martin (ASU), Smith (UCLA) and Wright IV (Colorado), Second Team honorees Allen (UTAH) and Bradley (CALIFORNIA), and reigning Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year Verge Jr. (ASU). Stanford’s da Silva (First Team) and Bryce Wills (All-Defensive) round out the returning All-Conference performers.

2020-21 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Media All-Conference Teams

FIRST TEAM

NameYr.Pos.School
Timmy AllenJr.FUtah
Matt BradleyJr.GCalifornia
Oscar da SilvaSr.FStanford
Chris DuarteSr.GOregon
Remy MartinSr.GArizona State
Evan MobleyFr.FUSC
Will RichardsonJr.GOregon
Chris SmithSr.GUCLA
Ziaire WilliamsFr.FStanford
McKinley Wright IVSr.GColorado

SECOND TEAM

NameYr.Pos.School
Isaac BontonSr.GWashington State
Tyger CampbellR-So.GUCLA
Josh ChristopherFr.GArizona State
Ethan ThompsonSr.GOregon State
Alonzo Verge Jr.Sr.GArizona State

HONORABLE MENTION (received votes from four-or-more members of the media): James Akinjo (Jr., ARIZ), Evan Battey (Jr., COLO), Quade Green (Sr., WASH), Jalen Hill (R-Jr., UCLA), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (So., UCLA).

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November 11th 

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle Recruiting Class signs – ranked 16th in the nation

Press release from CUBuffs.comQuincy Allen, Julian Hammond III, Lawson Lovering and Javon Ruffin have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball and continue their education at the University of Colorado in 2021-22 head coach Tad Boyle announced on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA Early Signing Period.

The class includes a pair of Top 100 four-star recruits in Allen and Lovering and as a whole has been widely acclaimed during the early period. 247Sports.com has Colorado’s 2021 class ranked No. 16 nationally while Rivals has the Buffaloes at No. 19.

But more importantly, it’s back-to-back solid recruiting classes for Boyle and his staff. Five freshmen – four from a 2020 class, ranked No. 32 by Rivals and No. 41 by 247Sports –  could make an impact this season which is scheduled to tip off in two weeks.

“It’s an exciting class, especially when you add that group of guys to the freshmen that we have in the program right now,” Boyle said. “That is a core group of nine guys that are going to take this program, to hopefully the next level.”

Quincy Allen, 6-7, 190, G/F, Silver Spring, Md. (Maret School)
Allen is 49th on the ESPN 100 national list and checks in at No. 68 via Rivals and No. 71 in the 247Sports composite rankings. He plays in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, regarded as one of the top private school leagues in the country.

Allen, who entertained offers from schools such as Louisville, Michigan and Miami, fell in love with Colorado during an official visit to Boulder last February when the Buffaloes had a sold-out CU Events Center against UCLA.

Allen’s junior season was shortened by injury, but he is now 100 percent. He recently helped Maret to a 7-3 record during an abbreviated fall season. Maret will resume practice in late December and is slated for a 15-game schedule beginning Jan. 12.

Quincy Allen:
“I felt really welcome when I came out there, not from just a basketball standpoint but everyone in the city of Boulder and all the people I met on campus. And, yeah, I was really attracted by the coaching staff, they welcomed me and made me feel like I was part of the team. I just love coach Boyle’s philosophy like philosophy. I fell his philosophy really compliments my game.”

Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle:
“Quincy can guard and play multiple positions. He’s got as much upside as any player I think that we’ve ever signed at Colorado, in terms of his length, athleticism and skill set. We don’t recruit the (Washington) DC area day in and day out, but we made a decision as a staff to kind of swing for the fences and get out of our comfort zone recruiting wise with three to four kids in the junior class and he was one of them.”

“We got him to come in, take an official visit last February, when we played UCLA. And even though we didn’t win that game, our building was electric that night. Our players fought hard. We didn’t win but he had a great, great experience and really, I think, fell in love with what Colorado basketball is all about, which is a full CU Events Center, and rabid fan base and great students section, and a group great young men. He and his mom visited, and he would not be a Buffalo if it weren’t for that new rule of juniors being able to visit officially because he would have never been here he would have never experienced it. We were very fortunate, happy and excited that Quincy is going to be a Buffalo.”

Julian Hammond III, 6-2, 180, G, Denver, Colo. (Cherry Creek)
Hammond averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a junior, leading the Centennial League in scoring and helping Cherry Creek to a No. 4 seed at the state tournament. 247Sports lists him as the top player in the state of Colorado and the 30th best combo guard in the nation.

Hammond is the latest in a line of Colorado’s top prep basketball players staying home – a Boyle-era recruiting staple. He’s a two-sport standout, earning All-State honors in both football and basketball.

A quarterback on the gridiron, Hammond let the Bruins to the 2019 Class 5A state championship and is hoping for another this fall. His grandfather, Julian Hammond, played for the Denver Rockets of the ABA from 1967-72. The honor of playing for CU as a Colorado kid, family, and staying close to home, played a role in his decision.

Julian Hammond III:
“That was one of the things that made Colorado so appealing. It’s where I’ve always wanted to go and it’s just nice knowing that it’s 30-35 minutes from my house so if my family want to come up and watch me, they always can.”

Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle:
He’s a young man who’s comes from a great basketball family and a very good player in his own right. And the thing about Julian that I love is, he’s obviously a great high school football player. He’s got one state championship under his belt and I know they’re shooting for another one here this year. He’s playing the quarterback position in football; obviously shows he’s got leadership. You have to have a level of toughness to play the sport of football. We feel like he’s got that but as a basketball player in his own right. He’s a guy that can shoot it can handle it. And he’s got great anticipation skills.  I think he’s going to be a very good defender before it’s all said and done as well.”

Lawson Lovering, 7-0, 220, C, Cheyenne, Wyo. (Central)
A two-time Wyoming Class 4A All-State selection, Lovering averaged 13.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a junior. He shot a state-best 69 percent from the field and was named the 2020 East Conference Co-Player of the Year as Cheyenne Central finished the season at 20-3 overall.

Lovering is a consensus four-star prospect, coming in at 57th in Rivals’ national rankings and as the ninth-best center in the country. 247Sports has Lovering as Wyoming’s top player and 46th in its own national rankings.

As a sophomore, Lovering averaged 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 61 percent from the field.

Lawson Lovering:
“(Signing the NLI) is a weight off my shoulders. It’s nice to finally sign and make it official. I work my butt off every day and I’m eager to come play. I think I’m a really skillful big, I move really well, which is going to help me play in the Pac-12.”

Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle:
“Lawson is from Cheyenne, Wyoming, but I almost consider him a Colorado guy just because we’ve been recruiting him, like he’s a Colorado guy for so long, and coach (Associate Head Coach Mike) Rohn did a really good job in the recruiting process. We’ve really followed him even starting back to his freshman and sophomore year in high school, and just watched him grow and develop. He’s just one of those guys, you know that every time you go see him, he’s getting better and better and better.

“I always say this with seven footers. The first question I asked myself, if we’re recruiting a seven-footer is, ‘would he be playing basketball, if he were six feet tall?’ And if the answer is yes, you should probably recruit them, because they love the game, and if they love the game they’re going to continue to get better at the game and work on their body and improve. If the answer is no, you probably shouldn’t recruit them, because, yes they are seven feet tall, but they’re only playing basketball because they’re seven feet tall, or they’re not playing because they love the game and Lawson loves the game. And it’s evident in how hard he works, and, and the improvement he’s made just in his high school career.”

Javon Ruffin, 6-5, 195, G, New Orleans, La. (PHHoenix Prep)
Ruffin averaged 22.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a junior for Isidore Newman High School in his hometown of New Orleans. He helped the Greenies to a district title and the semifinals of the Division III state semifinals.

An All-State selection by the Louisiana State Writers Association, Ruffin is playing his final high school season for PHHoenix Prep in Arizona. Ruffin is currently averaging around 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists on a squad with a 21-3 record that features eight future NCAA Division I players on its roster.

His father, Michael Ruffin is a Denver native and played nine seasons in the NBA for six different teams.

Javon Ruffin:
“I saw everything (in choosing Colorado). I feel like they have everything. It’s a good school, I love the coaches after getting to know them. I haven’t met a better coaching staff. And with the players that are there and the opportunities that will be opening up with some players leaving. It’s just going to be the perfect situation. Going to college is a dream for every basketball player and being able to play in such a competitive league with a team that has a chance to go to the tournament every year. It’s exciting.”

Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle:
“Javon is another guy who I think the sky is the limit in terms of his development. He’s a big guard that can play and guard multiple positions. We’ve had a lot of success with 6-5, 6-6, guards in our program and Javon is another one in that line. He’s a guy that can get to the rim, get to the foul line, shoot the three, and I think he’s got the ability to be a very good defender.”

“His dad Michael was a heck of a player at Cherry Creek back in the day and went on to a great career at Tulsa and then a great NBA career. And I just remember the first conversation I had with Javon parents. I remember I was an assistant at Oregon when Michael was coming out of Cherry Creek and I did not pound on the table as an assistant to recruit him. And it was a big regret of mine because he turned out to be a great, great player. And I felt like he was going to be at the time, but I didn’t pound the table and so now here I am some 20-plus years later, and I’ve got the ability to recruit his son. And we, we went all in from the very beginning on him.”

CBS NBA Mock Draft has Tyler Bey an early second-round pick

From CBS Sports … Believe it or not, the 2020 NBA Draft is finally (almost) here. It’ll be conducted virtually. It’ll be five months later than initially planned. So nothing is normal about it. But, hooray hooray, it is finally (almost) here.

And yet there’s still no consensus at the top.

Many franchises believe LaMelo Ball is the best prospect available. Others insist it’s James Wiseman. Some are certain it’s Anthony Edwards. So the top three or four picks in this draft could reasonably go in any order.

Tyler Bey … Second round … Pick No. 8 … Pick No. 38 overall 

PROJECTED TEAM

New York

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

8th

Tyler Bey is a combo forward who shot 41.9% from beyond the arc last season at Colorado. He mostly played power forward in college, but he’s shown the ability to drift to the wing when allowed to do so.

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November 9th

… CU in the Arena … 

Preseason AP poll contains three Pac-12 teams (none named Colorado)

From CBS Sports … The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ 2020-21 Top 25 preseason college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last season’s final ranking:

RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSLAST SEASON
1Gonzaga (28)0-015412
2Baylor (24)0-015405
3Villanova (11)0-0150110
4Virginia (1)0-0154016
5Iowa0-0127325
6Kansas0-012211
7Wisconsin0-0115017
8Illinois0-0110521
9Duke0-0107311
10Kentucky0-010388
11Creighton0-09227
12Tennessee0-0919NR
13Michigan State0-08209
14Texas Tech0-0790NR
15West Virginia0-065124
16North Carolina0-0465NR
17Houston0-043822
18Arizona State0-0402NR
19Texas0-0380NR
20Oregon0-037513
21Florida State0-03514
22UCLA0-0336NR
23Ohio State0-027019
24Rutgers0-0190NR
25Michigan0-0160NR

Others receiving votes: LSU 146, Memphis 69, Florida 69, Alabama 50, Indiana 48, Louisville 41, Richmond 40, Stanford 14, Providence 9, Saint Louis 8, Auburn 8, San Diego State 6, Connecticut 6, BYU 4, Loyola Chicago 3, Seton Hall 2, UNC Greensboro 1, Northern Iowa 1

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November 3rd

... CU in the Arena … 

Buffs again looking for a season-opening opponent as South Dakota State backs out of Little Apple Classic

Related … Arizona head coach Sean Miller tries to justify why the Wildcats will play every non-conference game at home … From DesertSwarm.com

From CUBuffs.com … In a year when everything is upside down and nothing is certain, the Colorado men’s basketball schedule took yet another unexpected turn over the weekend.

Originally scheduled to open the season with South Dakota State in the Little Apple Classic in Manhattan, Kan., on Nov. 25, the Buffs are suddenly looking for an opening opponent again after the Jackrabbits jumped ship for another tournament, the Crossover Classic.

Understandably, CU coach Tad Boyle wasn’t exactly happy with SDSU’s departure.

“Welcome to scheduling in the 2020-21 basketball season,” Boyle said in a Monday morning meeting with the media. “Unfortunately, everybody is self-serving. They’re trying to do what’s best for their own program. Contracts don’t mean a whole helluva lot, people’s words don’t mean a whole helluva lot right now, which is kind of disappointing. But that’s the way the world works.”

When the Little Apple Classic field was announced in early October, the SDSU website published a story quoting head coach Eric Henderson saying, “”We’re extremely excited to be a part of the Little Apple Classic. It was important for our team and University to find an (multi-team event)  that not only valued the safety of the student-athletes, but also provided high-quality competition. We can’t wait to start our season in the Little Apple.”

That excitement, though, evidently waned over the weekend when the Crossover Classic came calling — and it left Colorado, Drake and host Kansas State looking for another team for the Little Apple.

“Drake is still committed, Kansas state’s still committed, we’re still committed,” Boyle said. “We’re making phone calls. Made them this weekend, making them today. Trying to get a fourth team to step in for where South Dakota State bailed out.”

Boyle said there are still a number of teams who are looking for a multi-team event to open the season. But if they can’t find a replacement, they could be forced to make the Little Apple a three-team affair.

“That would be our last choice,” Boyle said. “We’d like to get another team in there. The good news is there’s still a lot of teams looking for games. Hopefully we can find one.”

Boyle also expressed disappointment in the Pac-12 conference season pairings, which were released last week. CU and travel partner Utah, along with Washington and Washington State, will be forced to play four straight road games. Such stretches are not allowed under normal Pac-12 scheduling rules, but those guidelines were waived in order to deal with the coronavirus and the circumstances it could present in the event of postponements.

 The Buffaloes will play the Bay Area schools the week of Feb. 10-14, then travel to the Oregon schools the week of Feb. 17-21. It will be the first time Colorado has played four straight conference road games since 1946-47, the Buffs’ final year in the Mountain States Conference.

“We have four (straight) games on the road, we’ll play four games on the road,” Boyle said. “We have 20 league games and we know 10 of them will be at home and 10 on the road. Life ain’t always fair. You just keep on playing, that’s all we can do.”

McKinley Wright one of two Pac-12 players named to Bob Cousy Award Watch list

From the Daily Camera … The Bob Cousy Award was won by former Oregon guard Payton Pritchard last spring, and Wright is one of 20 players named to the preseason list this year. Arizona State senior Remy Martin is the only other Pac-12 player on the preseason watch list.

Wright was one of the 10 midseason finalists for the award last year and eventually finished the season averaging 14.4 points and 5.0 assists per game. He became just the second CU player after Donnie Boyce to collect at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, and 400 assists in his career, and with 501 career assists he is on pace to top Jay Humphries’ program record of 562.

On Monday, the Buffs also learned their scheduled opponent for the season opener on Nov. 25, South Dakota State, has pulled out of a multi-team event at Kansas State. Regardless of what team eventually fills that opening void in the schedule, Wright believes the Buffs are getting closer to being ready when the lights finally go on.

“We’re not all the way there yet,” Wright said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys. Right now we’re getting up and down a lot, and right now we’ve got the freshmen brains all over the place with the sets we have, where we get to in transition, our defensive principles and all kinds of stuff like that. Right now, we’re not where we want to be. But we’re getting there and our freshmen are picking up.”

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October 29th

… CU in the Arena … 

Pac-12 announces weekly conference pairings; CU to open at Arizona on December 2nd 

From CUBuffs.com … The Pac-12 Conference has announced weekly matchups and site designations for the league’s inaugural 20-game men’s basketball schedule in 2020-21.

The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. All 120 Conference games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.

Colorado will open at Arizona on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and host Washington State on Saturday, Dec. 5. Several previously announced early season Pac-12 dates were adjusted to allow for flexibility in non-conference scheduling with the push back of the NCAA start of season date to Nov. 25, but the Buffaloes’ two games remained intact.

Colorado will resume Pac-12 play the week of Dec. 30-Jan.3 on the road at the Southern California schools. The Buffaloes then return to Boulder for very home-heavy month.

Beginning with Oregon/Oregon State the week of Jan. 6-10, Colorado will play four-straight and seven-of-nine at the CU Events Center. When Cal and Stanford visit Boulder the week of Jan. 13-17, it will mark the first time in 60 years (1960-61), the Buffaloes will have played four-straight conference home games.

Following a trip to the Washington schools the week of Jan. 20-24, Colorado returns for three more at home; a single date with Utah (Jan. 27-31) and the Arizona schools that next week (Feb. 3-7).

The flip side is, for the second-straight year Colorado will finish the Pac-12 schedule with five-of-seven on the road, including the even-rarer four-game conference road trip. The Buffaloes return trips to the Bay Area (Feb. 10-14) and the Oregon schools (Feb. 17-21) in successive weeks. It will be the first time Colorado has played four-straight conference road games since 1946-47, the Buffs’ final year in the Mountain States Conference.

Colorado will close the home portion of its Pac-12 schedule with UCLA and USC the week of Feb. 24-28. For the second-straight season – and third time in five years – The Buffaloes will finish with a single game at Utah on either March 6 or 7.

The 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is scheduled for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 10-13.

All basketball competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, as previously announced on September 24 when the Pac-12 CEO Group voted to resume football, basketball and winter sport seasons . The weekly matchups have been designed to allow for flexibility should a need arise for rescheduled contests.

PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL 2020-21 CONFERENCE ADDED DECEMBER GAMES
Wed., Dec. 2, 2020 – Colorado at Arizona; Oregon State at Washington State
Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020 – Arizona State at California; Washington at Utah
Sat., Dec. 5, 2020 – Washington State at Colorado
Sun., Dec. 6, 2020 – California at UCLA
Sat., Dec. 12, 2020 – Oregon at Washington*
Sun., Dec. 13, 2020 – Stanford at USC*
Sat., Dec. 19, 2020 – Arizona at Stanford
Sun., Dec. 20, 2020 – USC at Oregon State*
Tues., Dec. 22, 2020 – Utah at Arizona State*
Wed., Dec. 23, 2020 – UCLA at Oregon*
* – Adjusted from original date

PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL 2020-21 CONFERENCE WEEKLY MATCHUPS
Week of Dec. 30-Jan. 3

Arizona/Arizona State at Washington/Washington State
California/Stanford at Oregon/Oregon State
Colorado/Utah at UCLA/USC

Week of Jan. 6-10
Oregon/Oregon State at Colorado/Utah
UCLA/USC at Arizona/Arizona State
Washington/Washington State at California/Stanford

Week of Jan. 13-17
Arizona/Arizona State at Oregon/Oregon State
California/Stanford at Colorado/Utah
Washington/Washington State at UCLA/USC

Week of Jan. 20-24
Arizona at Arizona State
Colorado/Utah at Washington/Washington State
Oregon State at Oregon
UCLA/USC at California/Stanford

Week of Jan. 27-31
California/Stanford at Arizona/Arizona State
Oregon/Oregon State at UCLA/USC
Utah at Colorado
Washington State at Washington

Week of Feb. 3-7
Arizona/Arizona State at Colorado/Utah
Stanford at California
UCLA at USC
Washington/Washington State at Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Feb. 10-14
Colorado/Utah at California/Stanford
Oregon/Oregon State at Arizona/Arizona State
UCLA/USC at Washington/Washington State

Week of Feb. 17-21
Arizona/Arizona State at UCLA/USC
California/Stanford at Washington/Washington State
Colorado/Utah at Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Feb. 24-28
Oregon/Oregon State at California/Stanford
UCLA/USC at Colorado/Utah
Washington/Washington State at Arizona/Arizona State

Week of March 6/7
Arizona State at Arizona
California at Stanford
Colorado at Utah
Oregon at Oregon State
USC at UCLA
Washington at Washington State

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October 28th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle: “This team is only going to be as good as our veterans are”

From CUBuffs.com … It’s no secret that Colorado coach Tad Boyle very much likes his latest recruiting class.

Consisting of four freshmen and a graduate transfer, the group could turn out to be one of the best Boyle has assembled in his tenure in Boulder — so talented, in fact, that some of those freshmen might not be around for their entire eligibility at CU.

That, at least, is the judgment of Buffs senior guard McKinley Wright IV.

“This is one of the better recruiting classes that Colorado has ever had, including my class,” Wright said. “This freshman class, they have a lot of pieces, a lot of dudes I don’t think will be here for four years. We’ve got some dudes that can hoop.”

The group includes 6-8 freshman forwards Jabari Walker and Tristan da Silva, 6-7 freshman shooting guard Luke O’Brien, and 6-5 freshman guard Nique Clifford, along with 6-7 grad transfer Jeriah Horne. It is a talented group that could see several become significant contributors this season.

But Boyle has also made it clear that his squad’s fortunes will still depend on its upperclassmen and their leadership. If the Buffs are going to win — especially early in the season — they will need their leaders to be the driving force, both in games and in practice.

“Critical — really critical,” was Boyle’s response when asked about the importance of his team leaders and their influence. “This team is only going to be as good as our veterans are. I think our freshmen are really talented. They are going to help us at times. They’re going to fill a lot of holes and they’re going to be great players as their careers progress. But we’re not in a position where we can rely on those freshmen to win games.”

There is certainly no lack of veteran leadership on the roster, beginning with Wright, an All-Pac-12 player and national awards candidate. As the point guard and quarterback, Wright has the ability to set the tone and direction of the team.

But it is more than Wright. Returning starters D’Shawn Schwartz,  Dallas Walton and Evan Battey also have the ability and experience to direct the younger players, as do seniors Maddox Daniels and Alex Strating and junior Eli Parquet.

Their tasks are to set examples in practice and make sure the newcomers know the expectations of the program. It is something Boyle has been stressing with his upperclassmen since practice began.

“It’s one thing for (newcomers) to hear it from the coaching staff and coming out of my mouth or assistant coaches’ mouths,” Boyle said. “But it’s a totally different thing when they hear it coming from McKinley or Evan or D’Shawn or Dallas … one of our veteran guys. They have to really have their voices heard.”

It is particularly important as Boyle makes sure the newcomers understand the culture of the program and it’s foundational principles — beginning with defense and rebounding.

“Right now, a lot of our new guys are new to the program so they don’t understand what Colorado basketball is about yet,” Boyle said. “But I think they’re learning.”

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October 25th

… CU in the Arena … 

NCAA hits Arizona with nine allegations of misconduct; including lack of institutional control

From The Athletic … The University of Arizona was served with nine allegations of misconduct, five of which are classified as Level I violations, in the Notice of Allegations that the NCAA sent to the school on Oct. 21, The Athletic has learned. The Level I allegations, which fall in the most serious category, include a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university; a lack of head coach control by men’s basketball coach Sean Miller; and a lack of head coach control by Augie Busch, the women’s swimming and diving coach.

The details of the NOA were included in a letter to the NCAA from Arizona’s outside counsel, Paul Kelly, requesting that the school’s infractions case be referred to the newly created Independent Accountability Resolution Process. On Friday, Arizona released a statement acknowledging it had received a Notice of Allegations. Busch’s involvement in the case has not been previously reported.

In his letter requesting the referral, Kelly notes the nine allegations are greater than the number of violations alleged in any of the cases that have emerged as a result of the investigation into college basketball conducted by the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York.

One of the aggravating factors listed in the NOA is the refusal of former assistant coaches Book Richardson and Mark Phelps to speak with the NCAA’s investigators after they were dismissed by the school. The NCAA argued in the NOA that Arizona “compromised the integrity of the investigation and failed to cooperate.” Kelly characterizes this as “adversarial posturing” and writes that Arizona “strenuously denies this allegation and intends to establish that this claim is unfounded.”

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October 21st 

… CU in the Arena … 

Addition of Keeshawn Barthelemy may give CU its best backcourt tandem in years

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado coach Tad Boyle believes point guard McKinley Wright IV can become more of a scorer this year for the Buffaloes.

Given that Wright led the Buffs in scoring last year, averaging 14.4 points per game, that might sound like a tall order.

But Boyle has big plans for his senior standout — and he just may have the personnel to make Wright an even bigger weapon on the offensive end. If that comes to fruition, Colorado could be a very good team and Wright could find himself in the conversation for some national awards by season’s end.

Almost since the day he arrived on campus, Wright has been the man with the ball in his hands, directing the Buffaloes’ offense. But with redshirt freshman Keeshawn Barthelemy added to the lineup this year, Wright could have the opportunity to play off the ball on occasion, and that would open up scoring opportunities he hasn’t previously enjoyed as the team’s full-time “quarterback.”

It could also give the Buffs maybe the best backcourt tandem they have had in Boyle’s tenure in Boulder.

“Those guys in the backcourt will be able to play off each other very, very well,” Boyle said recently. “One of the things I love about (Barthelemy) is his ability in the open floor. He’s got different gears. He can get from Point A to Point B very quickly — probably faster than any player on our team. If we can get him in space in transition, he’s a dynamic player. He can make plays for himself as well as for teammates.”

Barthelemy landed in Boulder via a piece of recruiting wizardry by the Buffs late in the summer of 2019. A highly sought guard from Montreal, the general consensus was that he would spend a year in prep school before signing a college offer. But the Buffs offered him a chance to spend a year in Boulder developing as a redshirt, and he jumped at the opportunity.

Now, he could give the Buffs a terrific 1-2 backcourt punch, and Wright has become one of his biggest fans.

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October 16th

… CU in the Arena …

NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to all winter sports

Note … While McKinley Wright is certainly off to the NBA after this season, this ruling could make a difference for the Buffs, as Maddox Daniels, D’Shawn Schwartz, Alex Strating and Dallas Walton could all potentially return for the 2021-22 season … 

From ESPN … All winter athletes in NCAA Division I sports will be given an additional year of eligibility, and all football programs will be allowed to compete in bowl games — regardless of their records — as part of one-time rule changes in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The NCAA’s Division I Council voted to approve both measures this week during its annual meetings. Council chair Grace Calhoun, the athletic director at Penn, said the council wanted to provide as much opportunity and flexibility to athletes as possible amid the uncertainty hanging over this year of college sports.

In a normal year, college football teams need a .500 record to qualify for a postseason game. Calhoun said the council decided to drop that requirement in 2020 to “continue the theme of providing maximum flexibility.”

NCAA rule-makers previously voted to allow all spring sport athletes and fall sport athletes to maintain a year of eligibility, no matter what portion of their season was impacted by the pandemic. The same rule will apply for any athlete who participates in a sport in the upcoming winter season. Calhoun said the council didn’t want athletes opting to redshirt this year because of fears that their seasons might be cut short or otherwise negatively impacted by the pandemic.

“We felt it was important to make this decision now so student-athletes had the peace of mind to go into this season and compete,” Calhoun told ESPN on Wednesday. “They know they can regain that eligibility and have their clock automatically extended, so they’re not taking that chance on the front end if they choose to compete.”

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October 14th 

… CU in the Arena …

March Madness returning to Denver in 2023 and 2025

From the Daily Camera … March Madness is coming back to the Mile High City.

Denver on Wednesday was named a host city for the first and second rounds of the 2023 and 2025 NCAA men’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced. The games will be played at Pepsi Center and hosted by the Mountain West Conference.

This will be the sixth and seventh times Pepsi Center will have housed men’s tournament games. The arena hosted first- and second-round matches in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2016, and will host the West Regional in 2021. It was also the site of the 2012 women’s Final Four.

The NCAA unveiled more than 450 host sites for a variety of championships from 2022-23 season through the 2025-26 season.

Other announced host sites in Colorado include the 2022 and 2024 D-II men’s and women’s cross country regionals (Washington Park in Denver), 2022 and 2026 men’s ice hockey regionals (Budweiser Events Center in Loveland), 2023 and 2025 men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships (Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo), 2023 women’s gymnastics regionals (Magness Arena in Denver) and 2024 men’s and women’s skiing championships (Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs).

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October 9th

… CU in the Arena … 

Details of Little Apple Classic released

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado will tip off the 2020-21 men’s basketball with a trip to Manhattan, Kan., and participate in the inaugural Little Apple Classic on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 27.  The field will include old conference foe and host Kansas State, South Dakota State and Drake.

The Buffs will face South Dakota State on Wednesday and renew the old rivalry with Kansas State on Friday, the first time the Buffs and Wildcats have met in nearly a decade.

Ticket information, tip times and television will be released by Kansas State at a later date.

“Obviously we’re excited to come up with an alternative to our Fort Myers Tournament that did not work out,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “Our proximity to Kansas State, along with South Dakota State and Drake, who was on our schedule to begin with, the fact we can all get to Manhattan on short flights or a bus trip, we can travel safely and open up the season with two quality opponents.”

The Buffs were slated to play in the Fort Myers Tip-Off on November 25-27, but the tournament altered the dates in September and it no longer became feasible for CU to participate.

South Dakota State captured a share of the Summit League regular season title last season with a 22-10 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in conference play, under first-year coach Eric Henderson.   It will be the fourth meeting between the two schools dating back to 1978 and the Buffs hold a 3-0 advantage.  The last time they met, the two played a double-overtime game that the Buffs won 112-103 on Dec. 15, 2017 at the CU Events Center.  Then freshman McKinley Wright IV led six Buffs in double-figures with his first career 30-point game and was just one rebound shy of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

This will be the 144th meeting between the Buffs and Kansas State and first since the second round of the 2011 Big 12 Conference Tournament.  In Tad Boyle‘s first season, the Buffs last in the Big 12, the Buffs swept all three match-ups against the Wildcats, something the program hadn’t accomplished in seven years at the time.  CU’s last trip to Manhattan and Bramlage Coliseum was a 74-66 win on Jan. 12, 2011.  The game in Boulder was much closer, a 58-56 CU win on Feb. 12, 2011, and the Buffs won in the tournament, 87-75.  K-State leads the all-time series 96-47 overall and 54-11 in Manhattan.

In Boyle’s first season, Levi Knutson paced the Buffs in the first game in Manhattan with a 20-point performance and added 16 in the second game in Boulder just one point behind Cory Higgins’ team high of 17 points.  In the conference tournament, Higgins (28) and Alec Burks (24) combined for 52 of the team’s 87 points as the Buffs advanced to the semifinals.

The remainder of the non-conference season and complete conference schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

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October 2nd

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle: Non-conference scheduling this year the “wild, wild West”

From the Daily Camera … The Pac-12 Conference still doesn’t have a football schedule. At this rate, maybe the basketball schedule will come into focus first.

Earlier this week, Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle told BuffZone his team is tentatively scheduled to open the 2020-21 season at a multi-team event hosted by Kansas State. With teams scrambling to fill potential nonconference games amid the COVID-19 pandemic, expect more programs to attempt cobbling together regional multi-team events in hopes of filling a 27-game schedule.

Two weeks ago, the NCAA Division I Council approved a maximum of 27 games for the 2020-21 basketball season, with teams allowed 25 regular season games along with a two-game multi-team event or 24 regular season games with a three-game multi-team event. Squads unable to find a spot in any MTE bracket can schedule 25 games overall.

On Friday, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that Washington State is looking to put together its own four-team, two-game multi-team event. “Scheduling for everybody is like the wild, wild west,” Boyle said, and the ability to coordinate testing protocols among regional foes in order to field a multi-team event is likely to become more prevalent as teams attempt to finalize schedules in the coming weeks.

The two-game, four team event at Kansas State is expected to include a pair of mid-major teams in addition to the Buffs and the host Wildcats. The first game will be held on college basketball’s opening night of Nov. 25, with the finale on Nov. 27. If the Buffs tip off against KSU, it will mark the teams’ first matchup since CU left the Big 12 Conference 10 years ago.

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October 1st

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs cancel Florida tournament trip; K-State likely opener

From the Daily Camera … Whatever the schedule ultimately looks like for the Colorado men’s basketball team, it will not include a trip to Florida.

On Wednesday, head coach Tad Boyle confirmed the Buffaloes have withdrawn from the Fort Myers Tip-Off, the multi-team event in Florida that had assured the Buffs of at least one game against either Wisconsin or Butler. CU was scheduled to open the tournament against South Florida in Fort Myers, with a home game also set to be tied to the event.

While the Buffs will not be traveling to Florida, tentative plans are in place for CU to open the season with a two-game multi-team event hosted by Kansas State. Additionally, in regards to the rivalry game against Colorado State, Boyle has talked with CSU coach Niko Medved and said, “The Colorado State game will be played.”

Although Florida governor Ron DeSantis earlier this week made a controversial decision ordering his state’s economy to completely reopen despite spiking coronavirus numbers, Boyle said the decision to withdraw from the Fort Myers Tip-Off was less about health concerns than a simple schedule crunch.

The Buffs were set to play South Florida on Nov. 23 in Fort Myers, followed by the game against either Wisconsin or Butler two days later. But two weeks ago, the Division I Council settled on Nov. 25 as the start date for the 2020-21 season, so the Fort Myers tourney has been eyeing a later start. Boyle said his team was facing the prospect of facing either Butler or Wisconsin on Nov. 30 in Florida, then traveling directly to Tucson to open Pac-12 play at Arizona on Dec. 2.

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September 29th

… CU in the Arena … 

Andy Katz first NCAA tournament projections: CU a No. 11 seed

From NCAA.com … College hoops is almost back and it’s time for our first look ahead to what the 2021 NCAA tournament field might look like. The season begins Nov. 25 and NCAA.com basketball expert Andy Katz has released his first projected bracket for 2021 March Madness.

Here are his top 10 seeds, or first ten in, which be breaks down on this week’s March Madness 365 podcast:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Villanova
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Virginia
  8. Kansas
  9. Kentucky
  10. Tennessee

As we all know, there aren’t just 10 teams in the NCAA tournament, so let’s break down the rest of Katz’s preseason March Madness field:

From the Pac-12 … 

  • 4 seed—ASU
  • 5 seed—UCLA
  • 6 seed—Stanford
  • 7 seed—Oregon
  • 11 seed—Colorado 
  • First Four Out: Utah
  • Next Four Out: Arizona

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September 28th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tyler Bey one of nine Pac-12 players to participate in NBA “Virtual Combine”

From CUBuffs.com … Former Colorado Buffaloes standout Tyler Bey will be one of 61 players participating in the NBA’s “Virtual Combine” ahead of the Nov. 18 NBA Draft.

Last season’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Bey elected to forego his senior year at Colorado and make himself available for the draft. A first-round projection in a number of mock drafts, Bey last season won the conference rebounding title with a 9.0 average, and he also led Colorado in shooting percentage (.530), streals (1.5 per game) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg), while also finishing second on the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game.

According to an NBA press release, “NBA Draft Combine 2020 will give players the opportunity to participate in league and team interviews, both conducted via videoconference from Sept. 28 through Oct. 16. Players will also take part in an individual on-court program consisting of strength and agility testing, anthropometric measurements, shooting drills and a ‘Pro Day’ video, all conducted in October at the NBA team facility nearest to a player’s home or interim residence.  Medical testing and examinations will be performed by NBA-affiliated physicians in the same market.”

The NBA will conduct interviews with each player answering the same set of 10 questions, and that video will be made available to all 30 teams. Beginning Oct. 1, teams may conduct direct 30-minute interviews with players, with each team allowed to interview a maximum of 20 players and each player limited to 13 total interviews.

Bey is one of nine Pac-12 players to participate in the combine. The others are Arizona’s Josh Green, Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji; Washington’s Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart; Washington State’s CJ Elleby; Oregon’s Payton Pritchard; and Stanford’s Tyrell Terry.

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September 27th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle: “We have an NCAA Tournament team”

From CUBuffs.com … Now that Tad Boyle‘s Colorado Buffaloes know when their season will begin, they can get down to the business of preparing to pursue the goal that was yanked from their hands last March.

That, of course, is an NCAA Tournament bid, something CU was in line to receive before the Covid-19 shutdown ended college basketball’s postseason before it ever began.

It has no doubt created a sense of unfinished business for the Buffs, who got the news last week from the Pac-12 that the conference will allow its basketball programs — men’s and women’s — to begin play Nov. 25.

Now the serious work begins.

“The veterans, the guys that were here last year, they know how it ended,” said Boyle, who is entering his 11th year in Boulder. “They know what we weren’t allowed to do at the NCAA Tournament and I think it’s going to be a fire in their belly — at least I hope it is between now and the next time we get back there, which should be this year. We have an NCAA Tournament team.”

Boyle isn’t afraid to put that expectation on his team’s shoulders this early because he truly believes this could be a special bunch, despite the loss of some key pieces from last year’s squad.

He knows his squad will have to replace the rebounding and athleticism of Tyler Bey, who opted to leave CU after his junior season and is being projected as a possible first round NBA pick. He knows he will have to replace the scoring and leadership of departed seniors Lucas Siewert and Shane Gatling.

But Boyle also knows he has a very, very key ingredient returning in senior point guard McKinley Wright. A two-time All-Pac-12 performer who has been the Buffs’ floor leader the last three seasons, Wright has been called one of the top 10 returning players in the nation and will almost certainly be on every national award watch list when the season begins.

Wright tested the NBA waters over the summer before deciding to return for his senior year. The chance to play in an NCAA Tournament — something he has yet to do — proved to be a factor in his decision to stay in Boulder.

“I’m looking forward to coming back and competing for a Pac-12 championship,” Wright said in August after announcing his decision to play one more year with the Buffs. “Last year we were first in the Pac-12 for a while, then went on that five-game losing streak. That didn’t define us. But once that season was washed away we were really looking forward to getting back to ourselves and making a run to the NCAA Tournament.”

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September 20th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle picks up fourth commitment – 6’5″ guard Javon Ruffin

From the Daily Camera … A large 2021 recruiting class for the Colorado men’s basketball team is nearly complete.

On Saturday, coach Tad Boyle’s program received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 guard Javon Ruffin. A native of New Orleans, Ruffin has been playing with PHH Prep in Phoenix.

Ruffin is the fourth piece of what will be at least five newcomers for the 2021-22 Buffs, replacing this year’s large senior class of McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz, Maddox Daniels, Alex Strating, and Jeriah Horne.

Ruffin’s commitment arrives one week after the Buffs received a commitment from in-state recruit Julian Hammond, a two-sport star at Cherry Creek. The Buffs previously received verbal commitments for the 2021 class from Wyoming 7-footer Lawson Lovering and Washington DC-area guard Quincy Allen, both of whom are ranked as four-star recruits by 247Sports.com.

According to 247Sports.com, Ruffin also received a scholarship offer from one of CU’s Pac-12 rivals, Cal. Currently, 247Sports has the Buffs’ 2021 class ranked 27th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12.

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September 17th

… CU in the Arena … 

Jeff Goodman’s Preseason Top 50: CU in at No. 40

From WatchStadium.com … Now that we have a start date for the college basketball season (Nov. 25), here’s the Updated Preseason Top 50 – which will still have some changes in the coming weeks and months due to waivers, injuries and other issues that will arise.

There’s still plenty of uncertainty, but here’s what we do know: Veteran teams should have a major advantage this season, and that bodes well for Baylor, Villanova and Gonzaga — which are really 1A, 1B and 1C in my rankings.

The biggest surprises just might be Arizona State and Richmond, which both cracked the top 15. Big Blue Nation probably won’t be happy about my placement of the Kentucky Wildcats, but they have just one returnee from this past season, and that’s Keion Brooks and his 4.5 points per game. They can move up if they get Olivier Sarr eligible for this season, but the current roster isn’t worthy of a top-20 ranking.

And without further ado…

From the Pac-12 … 

13. Arizona State
Last Season: 20-11, 11-7 in Pac-12
Lose (6): SG Rob Edwards* (11.6 ppg), PF Romello White* (transferred to Ole Miss, 10.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg), F Mickey Mitchell* (1.8 ppg), F Khalid Thomas (transferred to Portland State, 2.6 ppg), G Elias Valtonen (Turned pro, 2.6 ppg), F Andre Allen (transferred to Southern)
Starters Back (2): PG Remy Martin (Sr., 19.1 ppg, 4.1 apg), F Kimani Lawrence (Sr., 4.9 ppg)
Other Returners (5): G Alonzo Verge Jr. (Sr., 14.6 ppg), F Taeshon Cherry (Jr., 4.6 ppg), G Jaelen House (Soph., 3.9 ppg), F Jalen Graham (Soph., 3.2 ppg), G Caleb Christopher (Soph., 0.7 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (1): G Holland Woods (Portland State, Jr., 17.7 ppg, 5.2 apg)
Sit-Out Transfers (1): SG Luther Muhammad (Ohio State, Jr., 7.0 ppg)
Add (3): SG Josh Christopher (No. 10), SF Marcus Bagley (No. 34), F Chris Osten

29. UCLA
Last Season: 19-12, 12-6 in Pac-12
Lose (3): G Prince Ali (6.8 ppg), F Shareef O’Neal (Transferred to LSU, 2.2 ppg), F Alex Olesinski (1.3 ppg)
Starters Back (5): G Chris Smith (13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg), PF Jalen Hill (RS Jr., 9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Soph., 8.9 ppg), PG Tyger Campbell (RS Soph., 8.3 ppg, 5.0 apg), G David Singleton (Jr., 4.1 ppg)
Other Returners (3): PF Cody Riley (RS Jr., 8.8 ppg), G Jules Bernard (Jr., 5.5 ppg), SG Jake Kyman (Soph., 5.3 ppg)
Redshirted (1): PF Kenneth Nwuba (RS Soph.)
Eligible Transfers (1): SG Johnny Juzang (Kentucky, Soph., 2.9 ppg)
Add (1): SF Jaylen Clark

31. Oregon
Last Season: 24-7, 13-5 in Pac-12
Lose (4): PG Payton Pritchard* (20.5 ppg, 5.5 apg), PF Shakur Juiston* (7.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), SG Anthony Mathis (8.5 ppg), F Francis Okoro (Transferred to Saint Louis, 3.3 ppg)
Starters Back (3): G Chris Duarte (Sr., 12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg), G Will Richardson (Jr., 11.0 ppg), F Chandler Lawson (Soph., 4.5 ppg)
Other Returners (3): C N’Faly Dante (Soph., 5.8 ppg), G Addison Patterson (Soph., 4.6 ppg), F C.J. Walker (Soph., 4.0 ppg)
Redshirted (1): F Lok Wur (Fr.)
Eligible Transfers (3): F Eugene Omoruyi (Rutgers, 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), SF Eric Williams (Duquesne, 14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg), G Amauri Hardy (UNLV, Grad, 14.5 ppg)
Potential Sit-Out Transfers (1): F L.J. Figueroa (St. John’s, 14.5 ppg)
Sit-Out Transfers (1): G Aaron Estrada (Saint Peter’s, Soph., 8.1 ppg)
Add (1): PG Jalen Terry (No. 81)

38. Arizona
Last Season: 21-11, 10-8 in Pac-12
Lose (9): PF Zeke Nnaji* (NBA Draft, 16.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg), PG Nico Mannion* (NBA Draft, 14.0 ppg, 5.3 apg), SG Josh Green* (NBA Draft, 12.0 ppg), SF Dylan Smith* (8.6 ppg), PF Stone Gettings* (6.6 ppg), C Chase Jeter (6.5 ppg), G Max Hazzard (5.3 ppg), G Devonaire Doutrive (Transferred to Boise State, 6.3 ppg – 3 games), G Brandon Williams (DNP – Injury, 11.4 in 2018-19)
Starters Back: None
Other Returners (3): G Jemarl Baker Jr. (RS Jr., 5.7 ppg), PF Ira Lee (Sr., 3.3 ppg), C Christian Koloko (Soph., 2.3 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (3): PF Jordan Brown (Nevada, 3.0 ppg), PG James Akinjo (Soph., Georgetown, 13.4 ppg), G Terrell Brown (Seattle, Grad, 20.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.9 apg)
Add (7): SF Dalen Terry (No. 56), PF Azuolas Tubelis (Lithuania), Tautvilas Tubelis (Lithuania), SG Ben Mathurin, PG Kerr Kriisa (Lithuania), PF Daniel Batcho (France), SF Tibet Gorener

40. Colorado
Last Season: 21-11, 10-8 in Pac-12
Lose (5): G Tyler Bey* (NBA Draft, 13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg), G Shane Gatling* (6.5 ppg), F Lucas Siewert (7.7 ppg), G Daylen Kountz (transferred to Northern Colorado, 3.0 ppg), F Jakub Dombek (Transferred to Hartford, 0.8 ppg – 4 games)
Starters Back (3): PG McKinley Wright IV (Sr., 14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.0 apg), F D’Shawn Schwartz (Sr., 9.8 ppg), PF Evan Battey (Jr., 8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg),
Other Returners (4): G Maddox Daniels (Sr., 3.2 ppg), G Eli Parquet (Jr., 2.6 ppg), C Dallas Walton (Sr., 1.6 ppg), F Alexander Strating (Sr., 0.3 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (1): F Jeriah Horne (Tulsa, Grad, 11.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
Add (4): G Dominique Clifford, G Luke O’Brien, F Jabari Walker, F Tristan da Silva

44. USC
Last Season: 22-9, 11-7 in Pac-12
Lose (8): C Onyeka Okongwu* (NBA Draft, 16.2 ppg), G Jonah Mathews* (13.4 ppg), PF Nick Rakocevic* (10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg), G Daniel Utomi* (8.2 ppg), G Elijah Weaver (Transferred, 6.6 ppg), G Kyle Sturdivant (Transferred to Georgia Tech, 2.0 ppg), G Quinton Adlesh (1.9 ppg), SG Charles O’Bannon (transferred to TCU, 0.7 ppg – 3 games)
Starters Back (1): PG Ethan Anderson (Soph., 5.5 ppg)
Other Returners (2): PF Isaiah Mobley (Soph., 6.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Max Agbonkpolo (Soph., 2.5 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (4): SG Noah Baumann (San Jose State, Jr., 10.8 ppg), G Tahj Eaddy (Santa Clara, Grad, 9.1 ppg), F Chevez Goodwin (Wofford, Grad, 11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg), F Isaiah White (Utah Valley, Grad, 14.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
Sit-Out Transfers (2): G Drew Peterson (Rice, Jr., 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), C Joshua Morgan (Long Beach State, Soph., 8.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
Add (2): C Evan Mobley (No. 2), C Boubacar Coulibaly

50. Stanford
Last Season: 20-12, 9-9 in Pac-12
Lose (4): G Tyrell Terry* (NBA Draft, 14.6 ppg), G Isaac White (transferred to Cal Baptist, 4.2 ppg), F Kodye Pugh (transferred to Loyola Marymount, DNP), G Rodney Herenton (0.2 ppg)
Starters Back (4): F Oscar da Silva (Sr., 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), F Spencer Jones (Soph., 8.8 ppg), G Daejon Davis (Sr., 8.8 ppg, 3.7 apg), SG Bryce Wills (Jr., 7.8 ppg)
Other Returners (4): F Jaiden Delaire (Jr., 6.1 ppg), C Lukas Kisunas (Jr., 2.4 ppg), F James Keefe (Soph., 2.2 ppg), F Keenan Fitzmorris (RS Soph., 0.5 ppg)
Add (4): SF Ziaire Williams (No. 7), SG Noah Taitz (No. 93), PF Max Murrell, SF Brandon Angel

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September 16th

… CU in the Arena … 

NCAA: Season can start Thanksgiving weekend (practices as early as October 14th)

From CBS Sports … The NCAA’s Division I Council voted Wednesday to begin the 2020-21 college basketball season on Nov. 25, sources told CBS Sports.

The highly anticipated decision comes five days after the women’s and men’s basketball oversight committees submitted joint recommendations to start on Nov. 21. But the Council wields the autonomy to make amendments to official proposals and in this case decided the day before Thanksgiving was most proper.

The decision also throws a wrench into nonconference scheduling, as nearly a dozen multi-team events — including the lauded Maui Invitational — were scheduled to begin Nov. 23.

With the start date being Nov. 25 that means full-blown practices can start, per NCAA rules, 42 days prior. That equates to Oct. 14 serving as the start of college basketball’s preseason.

Recruiting was also discussed on Wednesday and a long-term decision was made. The in-person dead period (meaning no visits) has been extended until Jan 1. Also of interest to coaches: the Council agreed to up the amount of countable athletically related activities (CARA) from eight to 12 hours per week. That will go into effect Monday.

There will be no scrimmages or exhibitions allowed in the preseason, either.

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September 13th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs pick up a commitment from Julian Hammond, a three-star dual-sport point guard 

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado men’s basketball program has landed yet another in-state recruit.

On Saturday night, Cherry Creek dual-sport star Julian Hammond (Rivals bio) announced his verbal commitment to join coach Tad Boyle’s club as part of the 2021 class. Hammond joins a class that already has received commitments from a pair of four-star recruits in Wyoming 7-footer Lawson Lovering and Washington DC prospect Quincy Allen.

Also a standout football player at Cherry Creek, Hammond averaged 21.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 21 games for the Bruins last season, according to the team’s statistics on MaxPreps.com. He shot .504 overall from the field with a .414 mark (46-for-111) on 3-pointers.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hammond has been recruited by the Buffs since his freshman season and fills the third of at least five open scholarships for CU in 2021, taking a spot from 2020-21 seniors McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz, Maddox Daniels, Alex Strating, and Jeriah Horne.

Through the commitments of Lovering and Allen, and albeit with plenty of time remaining in the 2021 recruiting cycle, CU’s 2021 class currently is ranked 25th in the nation by 247Sports.com while ranking third in the Pac-12 Conference behind USC and UCLA.

Hammond’s commitment also continues a habit of the CU program under Boyle of landing the top recruits out of Colorado. That list includes former CU players Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon, Xavier Talton, Derrick White, and Dominique Collier in addition to current Buffs like Schwartz, Dallas Walton, Dominique Clifford, and Luke O’Brien. CU also landed former Denver East star Daylen Kountz, who transferred to Northern Colorado during this past offseason.

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  1. got Nov 25 circled on the calendar. Rooney is slipping up again. I did my own research on SD. They look a little better than a cupcake and maybe on the same level as SD St

  2. What an exciting and high potential recruiting class. It has been enjoyable to see some good talent come through the program in this Boyle era. And a special tip of the cap to assistant head coach and head recruiting coordinator Mike Rohn who quietly and without fanfare has been key in these matters ever since arriving here along with Tad 11 years ago.

    1. Tad’s branding as a brilliant HC may come to be tested by (my opinion) retaining all the excellent talent on the bench in successive years, especially when you have super, lower-classmen in the playing rotation. (This precise dilemma gives me pause, especially when the perennial top programs deal with this year after year).

      Stuart, how in the hell do you retain (so-called) strong bench-talent when a lot of that talent has calluses on their butts (?)

      (Guess that’s why I never made it to the upper echelon of coaching circles at the “Y”).

      Hmmmmmmmmm. GO BUFFS

  3. Wow…my reaction reading the recruiting bios. Thank you for providing.
    Welcome to Boulder, wishing you all the success on/off the court.

  4. I PREDICT: This next season is going to be fun to watch with a couple of “Bigs” on the floor and 3 G’s with moves and speed. FAST BREAKS SHOULD BE THE….”NORM”…. FOR THE BUFFS.

    Will the opponents be gassed by the time we’re in 8-10 min. of the second half ? LET’S HOPE.

    GO BUFFS

  5. What entity has possessed Tad? He’s recruiting like never before (new staff additions with recruiting prowess?)

    So what if its a guard heavy class. In this basketball era you can get by with a smaller squad. As long as they can play.

    At least he is not wasting scholarships and recruiting stiffs like the piano player, the slow Serbian, and Dombek whom everyone was salivating over because of his height but was nothing but a bench cobweb. It was pretty clear from the get go Dombek was not physically ready and had only played against unknown competition before setting foot in the US.

    Tad still has the Wyoming kid in the fold.

    Shaping up to be one of Tad’s most interesting teams (for the next few years) that I can remember.

      1. Tad said he had “unlimited upside” and a chance to be a “very good player at CU.” That’s a vanilla statement from every coach after signing a player.

        It was mostly Bill Grier and Kim English blowing sunshine up everyone’s keister –mostly Grier because Dombek came out of Grier’s coaching academy.

        I’m pretty sure that once he turned up on campus weighing 185 pounds, couldn’t pack on weight, then caught mono which was a further setback to the whole body- conditioning process of adding strength to bang with D1 post guys then it became obvious he was a bench cobweb. And no more superlatives from the staff.

        When Alex Strating is ahead of you in the rotation then you are not D1 material. I wish him luck at Hartford.

  6. With all the guards you would think Tad would install a motion half court offense. Too many times I see 4 statues and a guy with the ball in the half court. I do believe this team could easily be a sweet 16 participant if they could get it together in the half court on offense.
    Tad recruits all these guys who are supposed to be 3 point gunners but it seems they always flame out as much as the get en fuego. Maybe Ruffin will break the mold.

  7. The addition of Javon Ruffin, 6’5″ -G, will make BUFFS’ backcourt one of the best in the PAC-12, and, seemingly loaded. Watching highlights against quality teams, Ruffin already has collegiate moves. Holy smokes, Tad, how many guards are you recruiting ? Not that I’m necessarily complaining, but how many is enough ?

    Stuart, is this a wise move being we’ll have some height in the lane ? …. It also seems we need adequate rebounding power, especially on the offensive boards. Are we loaded enough ?

    Always concerned. GO BUFFS

    1. Tad does seem to be putting a lot of eggs into his Lawson Lovering basket. If the seven-footer from Cheyenne lives up to his four-star billing, the Buffs could be very good.
      But I would agree that it would be nice to see him recruit another “big”. As the saying goes: “You can’t teach height” … 😉

  8. With McKinley Wright returning + the addition of Tristin da Silva, The Buffs should be able to run the court unlike anything we’ve seen in some time.

    FAST BREAK BUFFS (don’t ya think Stuart ? ).

    Can’t wait……..GO BUFFS

  9. can the hoops teams in the conference keep the virus of their teams? Should be a lot easier with only 1/5th the roster than football.
    An open question for the players. How bad do you want to play? I know how bad I would like to watch you play

  10. Unless he makes strides in his outside shooting and overall game, the 3rd best point guard in CU history (behind Chauncey Billups and Jay Humphies) wasn’t/isn’t going to be drafted. Good move on his part.

  11. I just checked out Quincy Allen on YouTube….. HE LOOKS LIKE THE “REAL DEAL.” —- He might be more athletic than many of the top names in Buffs’ recent history. He will be really good, no matter. By the time he’s a junior, he should have some more bulk on that slender frame….. if not, it won’t matter. He’s got the CHOPS.

    GO BUFFS BB

  12. just remembered that Wright’s decision on his hoop future is growing near. I’m not sure if its a good sign for the Buffs that its taking this long. Did he already say and I missed it?

  13. I read somewhere, exactly where I dont remember, saying Ray fits in with Tad’s D first philosophy.
    Sigh
    I guess we are doomed to continue an O without much structural efficiency. Maybe Tad will finally find those 3 point shooters that dont go on too many cold streaks.

  14. Thanks for your response Stuart. I see we have some nice YouTube videos on both Buford and Jones.

    I decided I can sleuth a little bit myself. (I don’t know why we ( I ) get so dependent on you). For beginners, I trust you and your sources much better than the Camera…..however, I see we have another recruit from Denmark, Frida Formann, whose YouTube highlights are nothing short of spectacular. This is just a prediction: I think she will become the next star of Buff greats. The girl has beautiful moves and appears to have a very high BB I.Q.

    It will be interesting to see. GO BUFFS.

    1. The Buffs signed Madison Buford last month … Buford, a 5’9″ guard, wrapped up her high school career at Lutheran North in 2019 and then attended Rend Lake Community College this past season. She started all 33 games as a freshman for the Warriors and lead the team with 21.1 points per game. Buford was 37.8 percent (233-616) from the field and finished the season 30.0 percent (67-223) from 3-point range. Her 67 3’s were 18-better than the leading Buff in 2019-20.

      They also added transfer Tayanna Jones … Jones, a 6’2″ guard, played in 27 games for the Hoyas last season and earned three starts. She averaged a career-highs with 5.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season. She totaled a season-high 15 points in her start at Loyola Marymount. Jones’ best rebounding performance came late in the season against DePaul, snagging 12 boards. In two years at Georgetown, Jones averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. She has 166 career points and 98 total rebounds. Jones is a 31.3 percent shooter and has averaged just over 13 minutes per game.

  15. Tyler Bey, welcome to the G-league. Nice player yet too short w/ a limited outside shot. Sorry to see you go. Get your degree!

  16. Ya know 2020 seems like a very good year
    It is a very good year for blue-blooded girls
    Of independent means, we’ll ride in limousines their chauffeurs will drive
    While I am 35……………….

    Aaaaaah the
    The shrooms
    The shrooms

    Buffs:

    Note: I need to get outta the damn house

      1. I just now read this little back and forth between VK & ep, and all I want to add to it is what ep wrote, a great big……..YEAH!!!!!!!

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