Tad Boyle discusses CU Buffs’ nonconference schedule – BuffZone

Colorado Buffaloes’ head coach, Tad Boyle, against the Oregon Ducks in Boulder on Jan. 5, 2023. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

On more than a few occasions early last season, Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle lamented what turned out to be an overly-aggressive nonconference schedule for the Buffaloes.

With prized recruit Cody Williams joining the rotation this year and an expectation of competing for an NCAA Tournament berth, Boyle believes a better early-season balance has been struck for the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Last week, CU announced its nonconference schedule, which begins on Nov. 6 at home against Towson and features two games at the Sunshine Slam in Daytona Beach, plus a marquee neutral-floor showdown against Miami in Brooklyn. Unlike last year, the Buffs will have more of an opportunity to ease into the schedule.

“Nonconference schedules aren’t ever perfect and you don’t always get what you want. You kind of get what you can get,” Boyle said. “But with our MTE — Richmond, which is a good Atlantic 10 team, and obviously either UNLV or Florida State — and then the game with Miami. I feel good about it how it is. But you never know until you’re looking backwards.”

Last year, as the Buffs adjusted to life without Jabari Walker and Evan Battey, they opened at home before immediately hitting the road for games at Grambling State and Tennessee, which was billed as a neutral floor-game but felt more like a CU road game in Nashville.

The Buffs spent the second week of the season playing three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. By the time CU played at home again, 20 days had passed since the opener. CU enjoyed a pair of their top performances of the season during that run, defeating Tennessee and Texas A&M, but the Buffs also turned in two of their more frustrating efforts in losses against Grambling and UMass.

This time, the Buffs will get to play three games at home — Towson, Grambling State and Milwaukee — before traveling to the Sunshine Slam. CU returns home to play Iona (Nov. 26) before visiting CSU (Nov. 29). The Buffs host Pepperdine (Dec. 3) as the final tune-up before taking on Miami at the Barclays Center on Dec. 10.

The nonconference slate finishes back at home against Northern Colorado (Dec. 15) and Utah Tech (Dec. 21).

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