It's easy to see why Colorado Basketball fans are excited about this upcoming season.
Tad Boyle held his annual Media Day here Wednesday morning, the veteran coach is visibly excited about this ball club as well.
Boyle's Buffs are coming off of a 21 win season, a NCAA appearance and the future of this program definitely appears to be bright.
Led by the return of junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie and three other returning starters, Boyle spoke positively about this year's squad.
"I really like this year's team," Boyle said. "We have a lot of talent, we have a lot of athleticism. It's almost like coaching two teams right now. We have four starters returning, some veterans that have played a lot of games for us, then we have six freshman (four true freshmen) that haven't never played a minute of D1 basketball."
Last year's squad had a lot of veteran and experienced players coming off the bench, something that Boyle feels that this team will miss in the early going.
"We are going to miss sabatino chen, Jeremy Adams, who came off the bench for us and gave us experience coming off of the bench," Boyle said. "Now we will have talented but inexperienced guys. We will have to throw them into the fire, we will need our returning players to play well early for us to be successful."
One minute Boyle said that he really liked this team, then a few minute later he admitted other feelings towards this Buffs team.
"I love this team," Boyle said. "Then I look at our non conference schedule and I have bags underneath my eyes from the sleep I'm losing. I may have over scheduled, our non conference schedule will be tough. We are looking forward to opening with Baylor in Dallas."
Boyle made it clear that as long as he and his staff were at Colorado, his team will play with certain core values.
"We will defend, we will rebound and we are going to compete on every possession," Boyle said. "We want to stay humble and we want to stay hungry."
The Buffs will open the season in Dallas, Texas on November 8 against a good Baylor team, before returning home for a six game stretch that includes UT Martin, Wyoming, Jackson State, Arkansas State, UC Santa Barbara and Harvard.
The Biggest non conference game on Colorado's schedule will be a home contest on December 7 against nationally ranked Kansas.
Boyle is well aware of the expectations of this seasons, it's something that he and his staff don't discuss with their team.
"We try not to talk about expectations," Boyle said. "What we try to do is hold ourselves accountable with internal expectations, not making excuses and challenging each other every day. If we do those things, success will take care of itself."