The Colorado men's basketball team didn't find much to like about Saturday's home finale against No. 4 Arizona.

The Buffaloes were crushed 88-61 and looked every bit as bad as that score indicates.

If there was a silver lining, however, it is that Buffs have a week to regroup. CU (20-8, 9-6 Pac-12) doesn't take the court again until Saturday at Utah (17-6, 6-8).

"It's a road game, so you want to have that week," CU junior Askia Booker said after Saturday's loss. "Road games, those are the toughest, especially in the Pac-12.

"We're going to take some days off and people are going to get in the gym and we're going to watch a lot of film. We're going to be ready for next Saturday against Utah, I guarantee it."

The loss to Arizona was, by far, CU's worst home game of the season. Their worst road game of the year, a 72-51 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 25, was followed by a week off. CU responded to that previous break with a solid performance in a 79-75 overtime win against Utah in Boulder.

"We need a week," head coach Tad Boyle said. "We need to learn from this. We've been grinding here. With travel and the games (in recent weeks), it's nice that you have a little bit of a break in here.

"The last time we had the week off before Utah, we got better. We're going to get better this week. We have to own it, we have to accept it and we have to get better from it.

Fighting for a bye


Saturday's loss officially eliminated CU from contention for the regular season conference title. The Buffs are also unlikely to catch second-place UCLA (21-6, 10-4), which has a two-game lead on CU, in addition to being 2-0 against the Buffs.

CU is, however, still very much alive for a top-four spot and a first-round bye for the Pac-12 Tournament next month.

The Buffs enter the week just a game behind California and Stanford, which are tied for third at 9-5 in conference play.


CU has lost back-to-back years on senior night. The last time that happened was in 2001 and 2002. ... For the first time since the 1960-61 season, CU will close the regular season with three consecutive road games. Those are the only two seasons since 1937 in which CU has closed with three in a row on the road.

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