Buffs riding home win streak

Coach Tad Boyle and his basketball team welcome The Citadel to the Coors Events Center on Friday evening in the first meeting ever between the two programs. The Buffs will be vying for their 18th consecutive home win against nonconference competition.

The Buffs (5-3) haven't played in nine days since beating in-state rival Colorado in overtime last week. The break for finals week seems to have come at a good time, allowing some early season bumps and bruises to heal.

Senior Levi Knutson has been playing the best basketball of his Colorado career over the past three weeks. He is averaging 18 points a game over the past three games.

While the Buffs still struggle on the boards most nights because of their lack of size and a true interior post presence, they are finding other ways to win basketball games, including taking care of the ball.

CU has committed fewer turnovers than its opponents in every game this year and has single-digit turnover numbers in half of its first eight games.

Cory Higgins and Alex Burks received plenty of hype and preseason accolades this fall and both have had their moments thus far, but each needs to be more consistent on both ends of the floor from this point on if the team is going to have any chance at a postseason appearance.

Higgins comes into Friday's game averaging 13 points a game and Burks is scoring 17.3 points.

The Citadel is 3-5 this season and is searching for its first road win. It has gone 0-3 in its first three outings on the road this season.