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Buffs (and Air Force): Basketball schedule taking shape

Published: April 21, 2014, 11:56 am, by Paul Klee

Playing in-state schools is not necessarily advantageous for CU basketball.

The Buffs have more to lose than they have to gain. Even so, it’s a great thing the Buffs are willing to play Air Force and Colorado State. It’s better for Air Force and CSU and, more important, best for fans.

So here’s the good news: CU and Air Force will continue their series starting in the 2014-15 season, Buffs coach Tad Boyle tells me. “It’s a new contract,” he said. Boyle was uncertain if it’s a two-year series or a four-year series, but it’s a home-and-home that will start next season in Boulder.

“It’s a good Front Range game,” Boyle said.

These series are important. In a state that tends to rank college basketball way down on its Totem pole of sports interest, we need these games. 

Regardless of Spencer Dinwiddie’s NBA decision, the Buffs should be Top 25-good in 2014-15. Their schedule also will include games against CSU (in Boulder) and at Wyoming, he said. CU has a return game at Georgia and will participate in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, a field that includes four teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament (CU, Wichita State, George Washington and Nebraska).

Boyle said the Buffs still are looking to add another power-conference team to their schedule.

CU doesn’t have much to gain from scheduling Air Force, CSU or Wyoming. If the Buffs lose, the perception is it’s a game they shouldn’t lose. If they win, no biggie. So credit CU for continuing these Front Range series. College basketball in Colorado needs them.

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