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//posted 2.27.2024

Another rally, another loss: No. 13 CU falls to No. 8 UCLA, 53-45 – “I’m sure everybody’s pretty frustrated”… KJ Simpson named Pac-12 Player of the Week … For Buffs, it’s all about Cal, not March: “We can’t focus on anything ahead right now” …

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The CU men entered 2024 with an 11-2 (2-0) record, then promptly lost 97-50 to No. 10 Arizona to kick off a three-game road losing streak … The Buffs rebounded to win four straight before finishing the month with a split road trip to the state of Washington … The CU women, meanwhile, entered January with an 11-1 record and a No. 5 national ranking … A big win over No. 8 Stanford pushed the Buffs to No. 3 in the rankings before CU fell to No. 5 UCLA, 76-68, before the largest crowd (11,338) to ever watch a women’s game at the CU Events Center … A home win over No. 12 Utah kept the Buffs in the Top Ten nationally throughout the month …

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December, 2023, was a perfect month for the both the CU men’s and CU women’s basketball teams … Tad Boyle’s Buffs went 6-0, including a 90-63 rout of No. 15 Miami, and a Pac-12 opening home sweep of the Washington schools. With the wins, the Buffs edged close to the Top 25, finishing the month at No. 28 … JR Payne’s Buffs, meanwhile, went 4-0 in December, finishing off the month with a convincing 76-65 home win over No. 12 Utah … The Buffs stayed in the Top Ten nationally throughout the month, heading into the New Year with a No. 5 ranking …

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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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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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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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Buff fans are disappointed CU won’t be in the NCAA tournament this spring, a testament of just how far Tad Boyle has brought the program … Five (should have been six) NCAA bids in 12 years (after two bids in 40 years) … Nine of CU’s 13 20-win seasons … 26 post-season wins (next on the list: Richardo Patton, with eight) …

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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 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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