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//posted 4.12.2024

KJ Simpson officially declares for the NBA Draft … CU men finish ranked 28th in the final Associated Press poll … CU women finish ranked No. 15 … It’s official! Chauncey Billups becomes the second Buff inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame …

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Expectations for both the men’s and women’s teams were high as the 2023-24 season opened … When the CU women upset No. 1 LSU to open the season, the Buffs rocketed into the Top Ten, getting as high as No. 3 before a loss to No. 10 North Carolina State dropped the Buffs out of the Top Five … CU men also found themselves ranked nationally, rising as high as No. 18, but fell out after an overtime loss to Florida State and a road loss to No. 20 Colorado State …

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CU men ranked No. 27 in preseason Associated Press poll; only Arizona and USC ranked ahead of CU in final season of the Pac-12 … CU women ranked in preseason polls for the first time since 2013 … CU men picked 5th in preseason media poll – Boyle: “If we’re the fifth-best team in the Pac-12, the Pac-12’s pretty good this year” …

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The Buffs opened the new year with a pair of dominating wins over the Oregon schools, but that proved to be the highlight, as the men would only win one more game the rest of the month, including road sweeps by the Los Angeles and Oregon schools … The best news of the month? The signing of prep All-American, one of the highest-rated recruits in CU history … The CU women, meanwhile, had a strong month, re-entering the national polls on a 6-2 month, a January which included a buzzer-beating three-pointer to defeat No. 8 UCLA, 73-70 …

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CU enjoys a six-game winning streak during the month, including a rout of Colorado State and a win over Southern Utah which gives Tad Boyle win No. 262, passing Sox Walseth for the most wins in CU history … But December is marred by bookend embarrassing Pac-12 road losses to Washington and Cal …

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Buffs picked to finish 6th in the Pac-12 in media poll … CU opens the season with a 4-3 record, including road wins over No. 11 Tennessee and No. 24 Texas A&M, to go with losses to Grambling State and UMass … Tad Boyle on 4-3 start: “I may have overscheduled for this team” …

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Fresh off of a huge upset of No. 2 Arizona, the Buffs opened March with a renewed sense of optimism … After taking out Utah to end the regular season, the fourth-seeded Buffs opened the Pac-12 tournament with an 80-69 win over No. 5 seed Oregon … The Buffs fell to No. 1 seed Arizona in the semi-finals, landing in the NIT, where CU fell at home to St. Bonaventure … The CU women, meanwhile, earned their first NCAA bid since 2013, but fell to Creighton in the first round of the Big Dance …

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Buffs open February with a loss at home against Oregon, giving CU a three-game losing streak … But then the Buffs reel off five straight wins, including three road wins in six days … Buffs then close out February with an epic 79-63 win over No. 2 Arizona on Evan Battey’s Senior Night … Video: “The Mayor” addresses the Buff Nation after Arizona win …

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(Thought I would bump this up after KJ’s 13-point effort against No. 2 Arizona) … A year ago, KJ Simpson was an all-state high school star, averaging almost a triple-double per game … A four-star recruit in one of Tad Boyle’s highest-rated recruiting classes, KJ is seeing more playing time as fellow Buffs are sidelined for the season …

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Buffs go 4-5 in Pac-12 play in an inconsistent month … CU opens January with three wins in four games, including a home sweep of the Washington schools and a road win over Arizona State … After falling to ranked USC and UCLA teams at home, the Buffs pick up a road win over Oregon … before falling on the road to the Washington schools to close out the month …

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Buffs go 3-2 in December in a month which was more about cancellations than games played … CU loses to No. 5 UCLA and No. 13 Tennessee with three wins over lower-division schools … Tad Boyle: “We’re like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get” … Big home game against Kansas canceled at the last minute …

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CU opens the 2021-22 season with a 6-1 record in November … The month included an unexpected loss to Southern Illinois in the Paradise Jam, and tougher-than-expected overtime wins over Montana State and Duquesne, but the Buffs do finish the month with a 1-0 Pac-12 record, posting a win over Stanford in CU’s earliest-ever conference game … CBS Sports picks Colorado to finish 6th in the Pac-12 for 2021-22 season: “This looks like a transition season for the Buffaloes” … Former Buff star Donnie Boyce enshrined in the CU athletics Hall of Fame …

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