Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle, here coaching in the championship game of the Charleston Classic, wants to keep his team humble despite
Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle, here coaching in the championship game of the Charleston Classic, wants to keep his team humble despite their first AP Top 25 ranking since 1997. ( Alice Keeney )

Colorado's practice on Tuesday at the Coors Events Center didn't look any different than the preseason sessions in October or the workouts leading up the Charleston Classic.

Tad Boyle demands that the Buffs use his time wisely, whether they're ranked 10th in the preseason Pac-12 media poll like last season or No. 23 in the Associated Press poll as they are this week.

CU's head coach made sure his team is aware that a national ranking in November doesn't guarantee anything in March.

Or even a victory over Air Force.

"The quote of the day was: Try not to get drunk off your own wine," junior forward Andre Roberson said of Boyle's message. "Rankings don't many anything. Teams drop in, drop out every week."

The Buffs (4-0) played their way into the AP poll for the first time since 1997 by beating Dayton, then-No. 16 Baylor and Murray State to win the Charleston Classic.

Askia Booker was named the tournament's most valuable player and the Pac-12 player of the week after averaging 19.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.3 rebounds in the three games.

"I'm going to stay humble and keep working every day," the sophomore shooting guard said. "We don't take any days off, Boyle's not going to let that happen. We've just got to stay in the gym and keep our composure."

Boyle noted that his young team needs to cut down on turnovers, rebound at a higher level, and execute better in the transition.


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"We're far from mid-season form," Boyle said. "A lot of room for improvement. But going (to Charleston) and winning three games in four days against quality opponents makes us feel pretty good about where we are."

CU has now sold 6,400 season tickets, which is a 60 percent increase from last season's record 3,941.

There are only about 800 tickets left for Sunday's game against the 4-0 Falcons. Air Force will be looking for a signature non-conference win over a ranked opponent at the Coors Events Center.

"We're going to get everybody's best shot now," Booker said. "We just have to keep our composure in every game and keep fighting and competing. Being ranked means a lot for the program for where it used to be, but we're not on our high horse."

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