Buffs fans are still infected with a serious case of March Madness.
Colorado's remarkable run to the Pac-12 Tournament championship and the inspired performance at the NCAA Tournament have created some great expectations for Tad Boyle's rising program.
The third-year CU head coach feels the love, but right now Boyle is in an October frame of mind.
"Let me say this, the expectations of this team are far ahead of where the team is," Boyle warned during Thursday's basketball media day at the Coors Events Center. "They are a little out of whack right now."
That doesn't mean the Buffs aren't going to make it to the postseason for a third consecutive season, something that has never happened at CU before.
The coaching staff just knows that having six freshmen and one senior on the roster means there are going to be some growing pains early. Especially against a non-conference slate that includes six home games, three neutral-court games, and three true road games.
"I'm not sure I'm the smartest guy in the world," Boyle said of the lack of cupcakes he lined up in November and December. "The schedule we have this year would really be appropriate for our team next year when we have everybody back and have some experience behind us. But it will be a great challenge for this year's team."
The Buffs could face Baylor in an NCAA Tournament rematch at the Charleston Classic if they get by a tough Dayton team. Auburn, Boston College, Charleston, Murray State and St. John's are also in the field.
Front Range rivals Air Force and Colorado State visit the Coors Events Center. CU travels to Kansas, Wyoming and Fresno State.
The conference schedule begins with the Buffs playing Arizona, the likely preseason Pac-12 favorite, in Tucson in a rematch of the conference tournament title game.
"It will be a great test to see where we are. We just need to understand that if we fail some of those tests early, it is a process,"
A year ago, Spencer Dinwiddie predicted that the Buffs would be cutting down the nets at the end of the season, which they did after four wins in four nights at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
And the 2012-13 Buffs?
"This year coach is telling all of us not to make predictions," Dinwiddie said. "This year I'm just going to say we have to work hard. But you heard my prediction last year, that's what I want to do this year."
Boyle will admit that the talent is in place for another memorable March.
Dinwiddie and Askia Booker, the starting backcourt, are stronger and more mature players entering their sophomore seasons.
According to his head coach, Andre Roberson is the best defensive player in the conference. The 6-7 junior should be able to explode in CU's transition game with freshmen Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon helping to clean the glass.
"With Andre getting to run the break, he becomes a terror," Dinwiddie said. "Because nobody really stops it when he gets out on the wing and can get those one or two dribbles and starts attacking the rim.
"That's where all those posters come in."
Another concern Boyle has right now is finding the next group of leaders to replace Carlon Brown, Austin Dufault and Nate Tomlinson.
The statistics those seniors had last year will be replaced. But are upperclassmen Sabatino Chen, Jeremy Adams and Shane Harris-Tunks ready to step up and provide some of the intangibles that make a good team a championship team?
"I think that is another question that will be interesting to see how it is answered as the season progresses," Boyle said.
Two years ago, the Alec Burks- and Cory Higgins-led squad, which made it to the NIT semifinals, lost to San Francisco and Harvard during a 3-3 November.
That was enough to bust the Buffs' bubble on selection Sunday.
Last year, CU looked like anything but an NCAA Tournament team during a 1-2 finish in Puerto Rico and losses to CSU and Wyoming.
Both of Boyle's teams were able to get better each month and played their best in the postseason.
And that's something the coaching staff expects to see again.
"I don't get caught up in the outside expectations," Boyle said. "What I am concerned with, especially this time of year, is that we're getting better every day. We continue to improve, we continue to work hard, and I'm very encouraged with the early stages of our development. But we have a long ways to go to be at the level of play we were at the end of last year."
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