The University of Colorado has never been considered a basketball school, until the past couple of seasons, that is.
The mere thought of the Buffaloes being a national power and maybe going as far as the Elite Eight in the 2014 National Tournament just doesn’t sound logical to NCAA-basketball purists. But coach Tad Boyle built Colorado into a respectable program and the school is having winning basketball. Boyle has had a 69-38 record in his first three seasons with the Buffs and returns four starters. The program has been in the top five of the Pac-12 the last three years.
The team was 21-12 last season and lost to Illinois in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Boyle has the tools to be a contender in the Pac-12. Colorado will look at 6-foot-6 point guard and possible first-round NBA pick Spencer Dinwiddie to lead the way along with Josh Scott, who scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds, in a season-opening loss to Baylor. Askia Booker will help Colorado’s long game. Boyle is also expecting some freshmen recruits to press hard for playing time and make the Buffaloes a deep team. The depth factor should help Colorado get the mid or high 20s for victories.
The Buffaloes need to play tough teams like Baylor in the non-league part of their schedule to get Colorado ready for the Pac-12 run and a strong ride in the NCAA playoffs. As his team improves, Boyle will see the Buffs take second in the conference and make it through the Sweet 16. They will lose in the Elite Eight, one loss short of making the finals. However, it will be a fun season for the Buffs.