During opening months of the 2015-16 men's basketball season, Colorado head coach Tad Boyle periodically expressed disappointment at the less-than capacity crowds at the Coors Events Center.

It seems the Buffs are ready to do their part by ramping up their nonconference schedule. According to reports by CBS Sports and the Cincinnati Enquirer, CU will begin a home-and-home series with Xavier during the 2016-17 season. Xavier will travel to Colorado first, with the Buffs returning the trip during the 2017-18 season.

Xavier spent the bulk of the season ranked in the nation's top 10 and has made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in the past 11 years. The Musketeers also have reached the Sweet 16 five times over the past nine NCAA Tournaments. Xavier earned a No. 2 seed in this year's tournament but suffered a second-round loss against Wisconsin on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by the Badgers' Bronson Koenig.

"It's a great game to have," Boyle said. "Xavier was a top 10 team this year, and a top five team for a lot of the year. To get them to come to the Coors Events Center is a great game for our fans and a great challenge for our team. We're stepping it up and we have to rise to the challenge."

CU also is expected to play in the Legends Classic in November at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. While matchups are not yet set, the field for that showcase is expected to include Northwestern, Texas, and Notre Dame.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07



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