CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The revenge the Buffs were seeking here has been served.

Tad Boyle hopes his young team understands Colorado's true mission at the Charleston Classic has not been accomplished yet.

The Buffs (3-0), coming off Friday's emotional win over No. 16 Baylor, will play Murray State in the championship game tonight at TD Arena (6:30 p.m., ESPN2).

"We'll find that out," Boyle said when asked if CU's players would be as excited to play the Racers of the Ohio Valley Conference as they were the Bears of the Big 12. "I don't know the answer to that right now."

Murray State is used to winning early and often.

Last season the Racers (3-0) won their first 23 games and beat Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament before the ride ended with a loss to Marquette.

Point guard Isaiah Canaan is an Associated Press preseason All-American. His backcourt mate, Stacy Wilson, scored 23 points during Friday's 72-67 win over St. John's in the semifinals.

Second-year head coach Steve Prohm, who starts four seniors and a junior, is 34-2 at Murray State.

And Boyle said Racers' forward Ed Daniel has athleticism and ability comparable to Andre Roberson and Xavier Johnson.

"I think they might be the best team we've played against since we've been here," Boyle said. "When you look at their roster you have a legitimate NBA player with Isaiah Canaan and three other seniors that start with him and a junior that is a pretty darn good player.

"We're running into an experienced team that won 31 games last year and knows how to win."


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CU is also starting to get used to winning big under Boyle, who has guided the program to back-to-back 24-win campaigns.

Playing three high-level games at the Charleston Classic isn't as taxing or pressure-packed as what the Buffs accomplished at the Pac-12 Tournament in March when they had to win four games in as many nights to earn and NCAA Tournament berth.

The 2012-13 Buffs have already bought into Boyle's philosophy that no matter what happens -- including missing 14 free throws against Baylor -- this team can be in a position to beat anybody if it defends and rebounds at a championship level.

CU has held all three opponents to under 40 percent from the field this season and out-rebounded 7-fooot-1 Isaiah Austin and the Bears 41-40.

"I think we just have to play composed and just worry about what we can control," senior guard Sabatino Chen said. "Our defense will win us the game like it did last game."

The Racers, who toyed with Auburn in the opening round (79-59), are looking for their third consecutive win over a team from a power conference.

Murray State received 64 votes (27th) in last week's AP poll. CU received two votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

The winner of this championship bout will almost certainly be ranked on Monday.

"This is what we came down here to do," Spencer Dinwiddie said. "It's not like it's a big shock or surprise for us. We planned on doing this."

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TONIGHT: The Colorado Buffaloes (3-0) face the Murray State Racers (3-0) in the championship game of the Charleston Classic at 6:30 p.m. at TD Arena (5,100) in Charleston, S.C.

BROADCAST: Television on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Jay Williams (analyst). Radio on KKZN (AM 760) with Tim Smile (play-by-play). Follow on Twitter @RyanThorburn.

CU STORY LINES: The Buffs are coming off their first regular season win over a ranked non-conference opponent -- Friday's 60-58 win over No. 16 Baylor -- since 1973. ... CU won its semifinal over the Bears despite making only 4 of 18 free throws. ... Askia Booker led the way offensively with 19 points and Andre Roberson added 12 rebounds. ... A victory tonight will likely lead to CU being ranked in the polls for the first time since the 2005-06 season when the Buffs were No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll (Feb. 6-12).

MURRAY STATE STORY LINES: The Racers overcame a 13-point deficit and defeated St. John's 72-67 in the semifinals. Murray State beat Auburn 79-59 in the opening round. ... All-American candidate Isaiah Canaan hit a key 3-pointer to give Murray State a 64-59 lead down the stretch and Stacy Wilson finished with 23 points. ... The Racers opened the 2011-12 season with 23 consecutive wins and defeated Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Marquette.

KEY STAT: The Buffs are 2-0 at the Charleston Classic despite making only 18 of 42 free throws (42.9 percent).

COACHES: Tad Boyle is 51-26 in his third season at CU. Steve Prohm is 34-2 in his second season at Murray State.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Colorado -- F Andre Roberson, 6-7, So., 6.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg; F Josh Scott, 6-10, Fr., 12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg; G Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-6, So., 12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg; G Askia Booker, 6-1, So., 16.0 ppg, 2.3 apg; G Sabatino Chen, 6-4, Sr., 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg. Murray State -- GStacy Wilson, 6-3, Sr., 20.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg; G Isaiah Cannan, 6-1, Sr., 17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg; F Ed Daniel, 6-7, Sr., 12.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg; G Dexter Fields, 6-2, Jr., 5.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg; F Brandon Garrett, 6-9, Sr., 4.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg.

SERIES: CU leads 1-0 (98-71 on Dec. 28, 2000, in Boulder).

UP NEXT: The Buffs return home to play Air Force on Nov. 25 at the Coors Events Center (6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).