Nearly a month after the Colorado men's basketball team was routed in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, nobody in the program has forgotten that loss.

Of course, it's tough to forget when there are daily reminders of it.

CU head coach Tad Boyle had that score — PITTSBURGH 77, COLORADO 48 — laminated and taped up on every door and on some of the walls in the basketball office, in the locker room and in the weight room.

"We're not going to forget it," Boyle said of that March 20 loss in Orlando. "It's going to motivate us to get better between now and when next season starts.

"It was something that we never want to let happen again. We're certainly proud to have been part of the tournament, but to go out like that and get beat like that, it's not what we are; it's not what we're about. I think we need to remind ourselves of that everyday. (Posting the score) is a way to remind our coaches every day that we still have work to do and our players, it's where they see it, too."

As of Tuesday, Boyle had yet to watch a replay of the game, which ended the season for the Buffaloes.

"Not yet. I'm not ready," he said. "I will probably do that here in the next couple of weeks."


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While the loss to Pitt was disappointing, it didn't take away from what was, by all accounts, a successful season for the Buffs. They finished 23-12 (the third-most wins in school history), reached the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and made a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament — something CU had never done before.

"This was a good year," Boyle said. "I think you have to have perspective when you say it was a good year. Relative to the history of Colorado basketball, it was a great year. But the perspective that we have right now is not relative to what's happened here before (Boyle and his staff) got here. The perspective is relative to what's happened since we've gotten here.

"It was a good year. It wasn't a great year, by our standards and given where we are right now."

Shortly after bowing out of the tournament, Boyle and his family took a few days of vacation time in Orlando. He's been hard at work ever since, as the Buffs wrap up this past season and look forward to the next one.

The immediate question on the minds of the Buffs and their fans is whether or not point guard Spencer Dinwiddie will join them in preparing for next season.

Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 12, Dinwiddie is still considering leaving for the NBA Draft and skipping his senior season at CU.

Dinwiddie has until April 27 to make his decision, and Boyle said that although he does have regular conversations with Dinwiddie, he's still not sure what his star player will do.

"We're still in the information-gathering stage," Boyle said. "I want him to take his time and make the best decision for him."

Boyle said there has been "a lot of interest and intrigue" about Dinwiddie from the NBA, but that there needs to be more than that to make Dinwiddie feel comfortable about leaving.

"You'd like to have more of a firm commitment, in terms of somebody wanting to make an investment in him," Boyle said. "Every kid that's leaving early, there's a leap of faith that's taking place. We just want to make sure that the odds are significantly in his favor of being drafted and being drafted by a team that will make a commitment to him."

Whether or not Dinwiddie is a Buff next season, Boyle is excited about this team. None of the top 11 players, in terms of minutes played, were seniors, so Dinwiddie could be the only one to leave. Plus, the Buffs will add talented freshmen Dominique Collier and Tory Miller to the mix this summer.

"The projection of this program is up," Boyle said.

That's why everyone in the program gets the daily reminder of that loss to Pitt.

"I think we need to continue on the track that we're on and we want to advance in the NCAA Tournament," Boyle said. "That's the next step for us, tangibly."

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If Dinwiddie does declare for the NBA Draft, Boyle said the Buffs would consider using the open scholarship on a transfer player for next season. If not, the Buffs would save it for the 2015 recruiting class. ... Boyle said the Buffs are looking for one more home game to complete their 2014-15 schedule. CU is trying to schedule a home-and-home set with a BCS-level program.

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.