The Colorado men's basketball team will get an early opportunity to play on national television next season.

CU head coach Tad Boyle confirmed Thursday that the Buffaloes will host Auburn as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.

"Our game with Auburn will be a part of that event, we just don't know exactly what time slot we're going to be in," Boyle said.

During the Tip-Off Marathon, ESPN provides more than 24 consecutive hours of basketball coverage, starting Monday, Nov. 17 and going through Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Last year's lineup included 18 games, broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The event began with a 5 p.m. (MDT) game on Monday and featured at least one game every two hours through Tuesday night.

This will be the seventh year of the Tip-Off Marathon.

Figuring out the time slot for the Auburn game is the last remaining piece to the puzzle of CU's 2014-15 non-conference schedule. Once that is determined, the Buffs plan to announce their schedule.

Although details have not been released, the Buffs' schedule will include home games with Air Force, Colorado State and Northern Colorado, as well as road games at Wyoming and Georgia. In addition, the Buffs will play three games at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu from Dec. 22-25.

New Buff on board

This summer, CU has welcomed a new walk-on, as Josh Repine, a 6-foot-3 guard from Denver, has joined the squad.


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Repine played at Kent Denver High School before spending last year at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, where he played alongside Tory Miller, who is one of CU's two new scholarship freshmen. Repine averaged a team-best 13.6 points at Kent Denver as a senior in 2012-13, leading the Sun Devils to a 25-2 mark and runner-up finish in Class 3A.

"He came highly recommended by the people at the prep school and (head coach) Pete Hutchins, who coached Tory and Josh both," Boyle said. "He's worked out well. He's going to be a good addition to our team on a lot of different fronts. He's about a 6-3 guard who can play on the wing. He's hard-nosed, tough, and he's going to help us in practice, no doubt. We're excited to have Josh."

According to his Twitter account, Repine is wearing No. 33 for the Buffs.

Monitoring transfers

CU has one open scholarship and Boyle said there is a "possibility" that CU could add a transfer player this summer, but the Buffs aren't in desperate need of one.

"We're in the market, so to speak, but I don't feel like with our current team right now that we have to bring somebody in," Boyle said.

If the Buffs did add a transfer, Boyle said, it would most likely be a player that would sit out a year (per NCAA transfer rules) and hopefully help the Buffs in 2015-16 and beyond.

"The question we have to ask ourselves with any transfer is, would the transfer be better than somebody that we could get in the Class of 2015?" Boyle said. "If the answer is yes, you take the transfer. If the answer is no, you save it and use it for a Class of 2015 kid."

Ticket renewals

A year ago, CU sold out its allotment of season tickets for the first time. Although still in the process of finalizing season tickets for 2014-15, the Buffs figure to do it again.

"We still project being sold out," associate AD and chief marketing officer Matt Biggers said. "We're thrilled. It's just another testament to how excited people are about CU basketball and Tad Boyle and his staff."

The season ticket renewal deadline has passed, but Biggers said CU is still working with those who haven't renewed. There are also about 200 people on the waiting list for season tickets.

Capacity at Coors Events Center is just over 11,000 seats, about 7,500 of which are used for season tickets. Another 2,500 or so go to students. Biggers said no date has been set for individual game tickets going on sale, but it's usually in the fall, about a month before the start of the season.

Biggers added that CU is on pace to match recent season ticket numbers for women's basketball, as well. About 1,100 season tickets were sold last year.

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.