What kind of a road team is Colorado this season?
That's a question even head coach Tad Boyle doesn't know the answer to.
CU hasn't played a true road game outside of the Centennial State to date. The team hasn't been on an airplane since the Buffs flew back from the Puerto Rico Tip-off on Nov. 21.
"The schedule has favored us, but we've done what we've had to do," Boyle said. "Now the difference between being good and great is winning on the road."
CU's three Pac-12 wins on Sox Walseth Court were by an average of 23 points. This is an extremely good home team, which has posted a 27-3 record at the Coors Events Center during the Boyle era.
After losing 73-33 in Boulder to open the conference slate, Utah beat Washington State in overtime last Thursday and nearly upset Washington in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
"It just goes to show you that winning on the road is hard, no matter who you're playing," Boyle said. "Utah ... I'm sure they had a little wake-up call after our game. Good things can sometimes come out of those situations and they regrouped. It's early, so everybody still has a chance."
The surging Buffs, winners of six consecutive games, are now 11-4 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12.
Boyle's second CU squad finished 7-1 on a home stand that began with a win over Fresno State on Dec. 7 and concluded with Saturday's 71-60 victory over Washington State at the Coors Events Center.
"If we want to be a good team we have to win and take care of business at home," senior point guard Nate Tomlinson said. "We did that last year, we're doing that this year. The challenge is: Now can we go on the road and get it done?"
CU opened its final Big 12 season 3-0, including a victory over a ranked Kansas State team in Manhattan. The momentum quickly faded with a four-game skid that included losses at Nebraska, Oklahoma and Baylor.
The new look Buffs play at Cal and Stanford this week with a first-place target on their backs.
"Now we have to go on the road. We've taken care of what we've needed to take care of to this point at home," Boyle said. "We are not going to get too full of ourselves, I can promise you that."
The other 11 teams in the Pac-12 have already suffered at least one conference loss. CU, which was tied with Washington State for 10th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, will have the full attention of its new rivals now.
"The media picked us 11th. So that's kind of a slap in the face to me and Austin (Dufault) and the guys who have been here a long time and put in a lot of work," Tomlinson said after scoring 11 points and finishing with three assists and no turnovers against Washington State. "We took that pretty personal. We feel we belong in this league and we are here to stay."
CU went 1-2 on a neutral court at the Puerto Rico Tip-off, losing to Wichita State and Maryland before avoiding last place with a win over Western Michigan.
The Buffs are 1-1 in true road games after taking the bus to Air Force and beating the Falcons in overtime on Nov. 23 and enduring a long bus ride back to Boulder on Nov. 30 after a one-point loss at Colorado State.
It's time for Boyle's team to fly again. And to find out how high the Buffs can climb this season.
"Being 3-0 is going to last for five days. And then it's either going to be 4-0 or 3-1," Boyle said. "We don't get caught up in standings. But we do remind our guys that they picked us 11th."