The Buffaloes are ready to get this year started and Tad Boyle is ready to get his Buff career off to a good start.
Tad Boyle is coming off a 25-8 season at Northern Colorado and he wants to bring in the same style of play that was successful in Greeley and get the Buffs their first winning season since 2005-06 when the team went 20-10.
The Buffs have been used to running a Princeton-style offense the past three years under Jeff Bzdelik, but Boyle is looking to bring in an up-tempo style of play to the Buffs. A big component to this style of play is that Boyle trusts almost every player to bring the ball up court, allowing the fast break to be started by whoever comes up with the rebound.
"The only people we don't feel comfortable dribbling the ball in the open floor is Trey (Eckloff)and Ben (Mills). Our opponents are going to have trouble guarding us in that regard."
One way that Boyle is going to speed up the game is to break out the full court press.
"We'll try to bring out the press after free throws. You have to have a couple presses because you might have to come from behind in a game."The Buffs seem to be picking up the fast style play quickly but the defense isn't adjusting to defending against it.
Defense seems to be the weakness for the Buffs and Boyle is addressing it every day in practice.
"Right now we are working on our half-court and our transition defense," Boyle said on Thursday. "Today we gave up three or four lay-ups after made baskets which has to go away tomorrow."
Defense is one part of the game that a team can always get better at and Boyle is ready to face that challenge.
"Defensively in general we have to get better in every aspect."
When the Buffs lost their biggest man a couple weeks ago, 6-foot-11 Shane Harris Tunks tore his ACL, it left a big hole in the middle for CU, but that hasn't stopped Boyle from keeping his man-to-man pressure style of defense.
"We're adjusting by working on post defense every day in practice with our guards, wings and big guys," he said. "We have to try to limit post touches. We are going to have to front the post. We will probably play some zone time to time but we're not going to do it on a steady diet."
Boyle isn't looking at end-of-the-season success to judge how well his team does this year. Ignoring what has been said about his team and how they will do this season; Boyle wants his team to get better every day and always go out and give its best.
"I expect our team to get better every day. I expect us to compete every time we step out onto the floor. I expect us to play every possession like it's the last possession of the game. And if we do that, we'll let the chips fall where they may."
If the Buffs can go out there and play like Boyle expects them to, it could be a good year in Boulder.