Colorado basketball fans might get to watch more Pac-12 Conference action at the Coors Events Center.
But it could come at the cost of hosting big-name nonconference foes on Boulder.
This week, the San Jose Mercury-News reported the league is considering moving from an 18-game league schedule to 20 games, possibly as soon as next season. The move would create a little bit more balance within the league schedule, but the teams like Xavier and Kansas that have visited the Coors Events Center in recent seasons during the nonconference schedule might grow more rare.
The Pac-12 likely would push its first week to conference play to a weekend ahead of Christmas. Such a move would follow national trends, as the Big Ten will begin a 20-game league slate next year.
"If they do go to 20 league games, we've got to take a look at our non-league schedule and see how we're going to adjust things," CU coach Tad Boyle said. "You can't look backwards, but I've looked backwards in terms of our non-league schedules in the past and, assuming we had 20 league games, which two would I get rid of? Each year it might be a little different.
"If you go to 20 league games, you better be really careful about your non-league schedule. Administratively, we're going to be asking for more money to buy games. I'm not sure our administrators will like that. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. But you've got to be really smart on how you schedule those 10, now, non-league games instead of 12."
Boyle noted that the other Power Five conferences — the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and ACC — already have built-in, big-name nonconference dates on their respective ledgers with made-for-TV showcases like the Big Ten/ACC challenge. The Pac-12 has no such affiliation, and a scenario like this season where CU played all the other in-state Division I programs likely will no longer happen.
Most of CU's 2018-19 nonconference opponents already have been determined, with three games set at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii alongside the annual showdown against CSU and return trips to San Diego and New Mexico.
"For us, it's not going to be a big deal because it's really hard for us (to schedule big-name teams)," Boyle said. "We've had Kansas in here in the past. We've had Xavier and done some stuff with Auburn and Georgia. But people are going to be (more) reluctant.
"It just adds another dynamic to the non-league schedule and you have to be really smart. Not being part of one of those TV challenges I think puts us at a disadvantage."
Some clarification on the status of freshman forward Evan Battey might finally come into focus next week.
Battey, already taking a redshirt season, fell ill over the semester break while visiting his southern California hometown, experiencing a seizure or stroke-like episode. Battey has not practiced with the Buffs since returning from California more than two weeks ago.
"I'm a hopeful guy and I'm a confident guy, and from what I know Evan is getting great medical care," Boyle said. "It's still too early to tell in terms of future occurrences. It's just too early to tell. It's a big week for him. He's got some big appointments this week and hopefully we'll know more early next week. We're just taking it day-by-day, week-by-week and really listen to what the doctors tell us. And right now we're still gathering that information, and so is Evan and his family."
White's big night
Former CU star Derrick White, a first-round selection of the San Antonio Spurs last summer, scored a season-best 28 points Thursday night for the Austin Spurs in the G-League. White went 10-for-21 from the field and 5-for-5 at the free throw line while also finishing with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and no turnovers in 33 minutes.