It took 60 years for Colorado to schedule a basketball game against Brigham Young.

It took less than 20 minutes for CU head coach Tad Boyle to wonder why he didn't keep that streak going.

"I told (BYU head coach) Dave Rose at halftime, 'I have no idea why I scheduled this series,' " Boyle said after his team fought to a 92-83 victory against Rose's Cougars. "I don't like playing them. This is like pulling teeth."

Getting fans to show up to the Coors Events Center must feel the same way to Boyle.

Boyle was hoping for a sellout on Saturday night, but CU didn't come close. The attendance (8,913) was a season high, but well short of the CEC's capacity of 11,064.

As he's done a few other times this year, Boyle expressed his appreciation for the fans that did show up.

"The energy in the building was good," Boyle said. "The best it's been all year."

It's not good enough, though.

Not for a team that now sits at 8-1 and has the most prolific offense in the Pac-12.

Not for a team that features one of the best players in CU history (Josh Scott) and a collection of young talent that plays an exciting brand of basketball.

Not for a team that's been to the NCAA Tournament three of the last four years, and looks like it has the goods to get there this year.

Snowfall on Saturday may have hurt CU's shot at a sell out, but it shouldn't have. Saturday was supposed to be the Buffs' marquee non-conference home game, and yet CU fans still didn't pack the building.


"Any time there's an empty seat in the Coors Events Center, we've got room for improvement," Boyle sad. "Our organization, and I'm talking about from marketing to students to coaches to players, you name it, we've got work to do when we don't sell out a BYU team that's been to the NCAA Tournament eight of the last nine year — a big-time team, and we've got to sell these games out.

"We've got to get this place sold out."

Truth is, CU likely hit its season high because of BYU's fans. BYU is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Denver Metro area has a large LDS community. Quite a few CEC seats were filled by Cougar fans that don't get many opportunities to see their team this close to home.

"The one thing about BYU is they travel," Boyle said. "They have a very loyal fan base. I know there's a lot of people in the Denver Metro area, the Front Range, that love to come watch BYU play."

One of the reasons Boyle isn't too fond of starting a long yearly series with BYU is because of the passion of the Cougars' fans. Their fans will come to Boulder, and they'll make life miserable for the Buffs when they go to Provo next year.

"Our guys have no idea how hard of a place Provo is to play," Boyle said. "It'll be a good game for us to prepare for road games in the (Pac-12). It'll be a better environment than any place but Arizona or Utah in our league."

BYU has yet to fill its arena, the Marriott Center, to capacity this year, but routinely has 14,000 or 15,000 fans in the seats and drew a season low of 12,976 for a game against Adams State last month.

Boyle would love to see that same passion in CU fans, to the point that supporters of BYU, Arizona, etc., have a hard time finding a ticket into the building.

"If we want to be where we want to be, which is a Top 25 program, you don't have opposing fans," he said. "They get the 24 seats or whatever they get behind the bench and that's all you see and all you hear. We're not there yet. That's why we've got work to do as a program."

On the court, the Buffs are doing their part. It's time for the fans to do theirs.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.