CU Men to face eight Tourney teams in '03-‘04

The University of Colorado men's basketball team released its 2003-04 schedule Friday afternoon after much deliberation, having given no prior indication of what programs the team was even considering matching up against. Colorado will see a total of eight teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last March (Cal, Colorado State, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma), and will four times be featured on national networks ESPN and ESPN2.

Additionally, CU is set to entertain Texas Tech, Iowa State, and Richmond, all of whom made the NIT Tournament last season with Big 12 rival Tech advancing to the NIT Final Four.

The Buffaloes themselves went 20-12 in 2002-03, concluding the season with a 79-64 loss to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last March. Colorado will return four starters from last year's team: David Harrison, Michel Morandais, Blair Wilson, and Antoine McGee.

After a pair of exhibition games against Regis and the EA Sports All Stars, Colorado will play the first three games of the regular season on the road for the first time since the 2000-01 season, and will also be the first time CU has begun a season at three different sites in more than 40 years.

Colorado finally opens in Boulder against Oregon State on Dec. 1, and then hosts California on Dec. 6 before traveling north up the Interstate to battle rival Colorado State four days later.

Following the CSU game, Colorado's ensuing six contests will all be played at the Coors Events Center, matching a similar Dec. 19 – Jan. 10 stretch two years ago. Headlining the homestand, which actually stretches to include seven of CU's following eight games, will be Utah (Dec. 23), a nationally televised rematch of last year's upset against Kansas (Jan. 5), and new NCAA Division-I entry Northern Colorado (Jan. 10). The final game of the streak will follow a brief stint to Lincoln to play Nebraska in the team's conference opener, and will bring Iowa State to Boulder on Jan. 17. Such a homestand should be welcomed news to CU fans, who saw their Buffs post an impressive 14-1 mark in Boulder last season on their way to their first-round Tourney appearance.

Highlights of conference play will see matchups against Kansas in Lawrence (Jan. 25), '03 NCAA Regional qualifier Missouri in Boulder (Jan. 28), at Texas to begin February (Feb. 2), and the team's final nationally televised game of the regular season at home against Bobby Knight and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (Feb. 18).

CU Men's Basketball 2003-04

Date Opponent Time
Tues 11/11 REGIS 7 p.m.
Tues. 11/18 EA SPORTS ALL-STARS 7 p.m.
Fri. 11/21 at Northwestern 7 p.m.
Mon. 11/24 at Pepperdine 8:30 p.m.
Wed. 11/26 at Cal Poly 8 p.m.
Mon. 12/1 OREGON STATE 7 p.m.
Sat. 12/6 CALIFORNIA 7 p.m.
Wed. 12/10 at Colorado State 7 p.m.
Fri. 12/19 TENNESSEE STATE 7 p.m.
Tues. 12/23 UTAH 7 p.m.
Wed. 12/31 RICHMOND 1 p.m.
Mon. 1/5 KANSAS (ESPN) 7 p.m.
Thu. 1/8 SAVANNAH STATE 7 p.m.
Sat. 1/10 NORTHERN COLORADO 7 p.m.
Wed. 1/14 at Nebraska 6:05 p.m.
Sat. 1/17 IOWA STATE (ERT) 2 p.m.
Wed. 1/21 at Oklahoma State TBA
Sun. 1/25 at Kansas (ERT) Noon
Wed. 1/28 MISSOURI 7 p.m.
Sat. 1/31 BAYLOR 7 p.m.
Wed. 2/4 at Texas (ESPN2) 6 p.m.
Sat. 2/7 KANSAS STATE (ERT) 2 p.m.
Tues. 2/10 at Missouri (ESPN2) 5 p.m.
Wed. 2/18 TEXAS TECH (ESPN) 5 p.m.
Sat. 2/21 at Kansas State TBA
Wed. 2/25 OKLAHOMA 7 p.m.
Sat. 2/28 at Texas A&M TBA
Wed. 3/3 at Iowa State TBA
Sat. 3/6 NEBRASKA (ERT) 2 p.m.
Thu.- 3/11-14 Big 12 Tournament

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