The Colorado Buffaloes first fielded a basketball team in 1901, back when they were simply known as the Silver and Gold. As a member of the Mountain States Athletic Conference, Colorado found early success on the basketball court. Led by All-American Robert Doll, Colorado made its first Final Four appearance in 1942 with a record of 16-2. After joining the Big 7 (now the Big 12), Colorado returned to the Final Four in 1955 and finished the season with a victory over Iowa in the third-place game. In 1962, Colorado finished No. 9 in the polls with a record of 19-7, the highest rank in school history. Sox Walseth, who was the coach at the time, holds the school records for victories with 260. Following a down period for the program, Colorado returned to the NCAA Tournament in 1997, led by state native Chauncey Billups. Colorado joined its current home, the Pac-12, in 2011 in the midst of conference realignment. The team made an immediate impression by winning the conference tournament in the first year. Since joining the Pac-12, Colorado has advanced to four NCAA Tournaments. If you want to attend a game, purchase Colorado Buffaloes' basketball tickets at StubHub.
What was Colorado’s record last season?
Colorado finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 23-13 and 10-8 in the conference. The team advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament but lost to Washington 66-61. In the postseason NIT tournament, Colorado lost to Texas 68-55 in the quarterfinals.
What are the top games of the current season?
Colorado enters the 2019-2020 season ranked just outside of the top 25 in the AP and Coaches Polls. Their big non-conference games include matchups against Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado State. During the Pac-12 portion of the schedule, Colorado comes home against Oregon on January 2nd and then goes to Arizona on January 18th. This is followed by a home game against Washington on January 25th and a road game at Oregon on February 13th. The Colorado Buffaloes' basketball schedule wraps up with the Pac-12 Tournament on March 11th.
How big is the CU Events Center?
Located to the north of the Kittredge student housing complex on the Boulder campus, the CU Events Center has a seating capacity of 11,064 for basketball games. The venue is also known as the Coors Event Center due to a donation in 1990 from the Adolph Coors Foundation.
What is a Colorado game like?
A Colorado Buffaloes' game features an electric atmosphere led by the C-Unit student section. Sporting school colors, signs and other markers of their fandom, the students in the C-Unit lead the rest of the arena in chants and cheers. The Buff Basketball Band, which consists of a 95 to 100 member ensemble, plays music at all home games, including the official school song "Fight CU." During timeouts and breaks, fans can also enjoy a performance by the Buffaloes dance team.
Who are Colorado’s biggest rivals in basketball?
Colorado shares an in-state rivalry with the Mountain West member Colorado State. The two teams meet most years during the out-of-conference portion of the schedule. Colorado also shares a minor rivalry with the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 12. Though Colorado is no longer a member of the Big 12, the schools have attempted to maintain the rivalry through non-conference play. They have met more than 160 times over the years.Back to Top
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