For Tad Boyle and the Buffs – and a program that has now made it to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments – anything short of upsetting No. 7 Kansas won’t do.
There will be no almost or good try on Saturday.
“It’s big if you win them. If you come close or you come up on the short end of the stick people will leave here disappointed,” Boyle said. The Buffs knocked off No. 9 Arizona last season at home, but in many efforts to knock off the Jayhawks – 19 straight games in fact – have come up short, though some were closer than others.
“We need to start doing it consistently” he continued.
The Buffs have won eight consecutive games after falling on their opening night. Boyle says his team is ready – aware of their depth and athleticism from Andrew Wiggins and others but Colorado won’t be in awe. He pointed to toughness as their many focus against Kansas in the Coors Events Center.
“We’re not exactly a staple in the top-25 or top-10 like they are,” junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. “We’re still on the rise and trying to build something that emulates the program that they have. It’s important to beat programs of that caliber.”