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Buffs: Boyle’s Buffs, 11 p.m. tipoffs and Josh Scott

Published: July 16, 2014, 12:02 am, by Paul Klee

This goes with the Josh Scott column from Sunday’s Gazette.

I expect CU will be just outside the Top 25 when the college basketball poll is released in October. Probably somewhere in the 30-40, others-receiving-votes range. Considering the Buffs lost big in the NCAA tournament and lost their best player to the NBA draft, that would be a good place to be.

Oh, who are we kidding. It’s CU basketball. No matter the resurgence we’ve seen in the Tad Boyle era, hovering around the Top 25 is always a very good place to be for CU.

The Buffs also have an early opportunity to make an impression on voters. (Or a late opportunity, depending on your bedtime.) CU coach Tad Boyle said the Buffs will host Auburn in ESPN’s Tip-off Marathon on Nov. 17.

Tipoff time: “11 p.m. local,” Boyle told me.

When I suggested that’s plenty of time for CU students to get hydrated, Boyle only laughed. As if Boulder needed a reason to party, the basketball season opener will allow it.

Truth is, Auburn won’t be very good. The Buffs should win. So why is it an important game for the Buffs to make a positive impression? CU-Auburn will be the first game for Tigers coach Bruce Pearl (who will some form of an orange blazer, I’m sure). His return will be covered prominently by his former employer, ESPN, and because Pearl has an ugly history in NCAA basketball and all of its petty rules.

As an AP Top 25 voter for seven seasons, I can tell you: college basketball voters will be watching the Bruce Pearl return game, or they will at least see the highlights and read the stories that come out of it. 

Regardless, the Buffs will open their regular season in a relatively high-profile game at Coors Events Center.

That’s a good thing.

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