Ironic, isn’t it? If Tad Boyle had a better record in the NCAA Tournament, someone would’ve Mel Tuckered him a long time ago. With the exception of 2020, we see it every March: Somebody new reaches the Sweet 16. The Mr. Monopoly boosters at a bigger school then throw stupid money at said Sweet 16 coach, daring him to turn it down. Usually, he doesn’t. Charles Barkley and the rest of the March Madness studio wonks should be talking about Boyle, the longtime CU Buffs basketball coach, in the same breath as Purdue’s Matt Painter or Maryland’s Mark Turgeon. Straight arrows. Serial winners. Since 1946, CU has produced only 17 seasons in which the men’s basketball program won more than 63% of their games. Boyle’s been at the helm for eight of them. Over the last 75 years, the Buffs have managed just 15 squads that went on to win at least 10 conference tilts in a campaign. Seven of those are Tad teams. Four former Buffs were on NBA rosters at the start of the 2020-21 season . … [Read more...] about Keeler: Charles Barkley should be singing praises of CU Buffs coach Tad Boyle. This NCAA Tournament might change that.
Jabari Walker gave a Michael Jordan shrug after yet another 3-point make. Which was appropriate, given that the CU Buffs freshman had a Michael Jordan half. Walker‘s 24 points, 14 in the opening 20 minutes, powered CU to a 96-73 rout of Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Buffs, a No. 5 seed, will meet fourth-seeded Florida State in the second round of the tourney Monday. The Seminoles topped UNC Greensboro 64-54 on Saturday afternoon to advance. The victory was CU’s first in the Big Dance, and the first for coach Tad Boyle, since 2012. And for a win that was a long time coming, it wound up being historic. The margin of victory was the largest ever for the Buffs in an NCAA Tournament appearance, besting a 75-54 win over Iowa (21 points) in the national third-place game during the 1955 tourney. CU set school NCAA Tournament team records in 3-point makes (16) and assists (27). The Buffs’ … [Read more...] about Jabari Walker, McKinley Wright power CU Buffs past Georgetown in NCAA Tournament
They were harried. Rattled. Flustered. But on a day that saw Boulder stunned by tragedy, CU Buffs men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle tried his best to put a loss in a basketball game — albeit a painful, high-profile loss — in perspective. “You know, it puts basketball in its proper place,” Boyle said referring to the fatal shooting at a south Boulder King Soopers after his Buffs saw their season end with a 71-53 loss to Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. “Win or lose I felt an emptiness in my stomach. Another senseless act of violence that we’ve experienced as a country many, many times.” Boyle’s Buffs on Monday bore little resemblance to the dominant group that had routed Georgetown 96-73 two days earlier. In fact, for long — and often scoreless — stretches, the Buffs didn’t even really look like themselves at all. Especially when it came to self-inflicted gaffes. The Buffs’ 19 turnovers against Florida State were the most in a game … [Read more...] about CU Buffs blown out by Florida State in NCAA Tournament
For the record, Sam Noyer was cool watching Brendon Lewis run the Texas Longhorns ragged. Couldn’t have been happier for the kid. Honest. “Going into that (bowl) week, we actually had a couple packages for him,” Noyer, CU’s senior quarterback, told The Post late last week when asked about Lewis, the fleet-footed signal-caller whose legs jump-started a sleepy Buffs offense in the 2020 Alamo Bowl. “So I knew that he was going to get that opportunity to get in there. And obviously, I hoped for the best, that if he had success, that meant our team had success. Me and him have a great relationship. I was definitely rooting for him. “But at the same time, I didn’t play to my standards and I didn’t play the way I wanted to and (was) disappointed after the fact. But … I just wanted what was best for the team, and he was feeling it. And I felt that at the time, that’s what was best for the team. As a competitor, it wasn’t easy, just because of my performance.” Flash forward four … [Read more...] about Brendon Lewis “has a lot of potential,” but CU Buffs QB Sam Noyer won’t give up starting job without a fight
The Rocky Mountain Showdown has a bright future. But that future won’t include playing at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium. The CU Buffs and CSU Rams announced jointly Tuesday that the in-state football series between the rivals has been extended intermittently through the 2038 season. The programs said that three additional home-and-home series have been added to the series at their respective campus sites. In addition to the Sept. 16, 2023 game scheduled for Boulder’s Folsom Field and the Sept. 14, 2024 contest at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, six more games will push the contest into the 2030s: Sept. 15, 2029 — at CSU Sept. 14, 2030 — at CU Sept. 17, 2033 — at CU Sept. 16, 2034 — at CSU Sept. 19, 2037 — at CU Sept. 11, 2038 — at CSU “We would have preferred to try to get it on that two-year (rotation), but the way things stacked up with what CU had done with their nonconference schedule, it didn’t make it possible,” Rams athletic director Joe Parker … [Read more...] about Rocky Mountain Showdown for CU, CSU football extended through 2038