CU men's basketball 2017-18 Pac-12 pairings

Dec. 27-31: At Oregon and Oregon State

Jan. 3-7: Home vs. Arizona and Arizona State

Jan. 10-14: At USC and UCLA

Jan. 17-21: Home vs. Washington and Washington State

Jan. 24-28: At Arizona and Arizona State

Jan. 31-Feb. 4: Home vs. Utah

Feb. 7-11: Home vs. Cal and Stanford

Feb. 14-18: At Washington and Washington State

Feb. 21-25: Home vs. USC and UCLA

Feb. 28-March 3: At Utah

(Note: Specific matchup dates and tipoff times TBD)

The 2017-18 schedule continues to take shape for the Colorado men's basketball team.

On Thursday, the Pac-12 Conference released its weekly pairings for the upcoming season. Though specific matchup dates and times will not be finalized for a couple months, the Colorado Buffaloes officially know which weekends they will be on the road during league play. And fans can circle the weekends of the top home dates of the Pac-12 slate.

CU opens their seventh season in the Pac-12 on the road in Oregon, playing the Ducks as well as Oregon State over the weekend of Dec. 27 through Dec. 31. It will be the third consecutive year in which the Buffs open league play on the road, and the first time they will open against the Oregon schools since home dates in 2013-14.


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The league's preseason favorite and a likely Final Four contender, Arizona, will visit the Coors Events Center for the Buffs' first league series at home, as they host the Wildcats and Arizona State the weekend of Jan. 3-7.

With one exception the Buffs will rotate home and road series the rest of the way, as CU follows with a trip to Los Angeles Jan. 10-14 to face USC and UCLA before returning home to host Washington and Washington State.

CU returns the visit to Arizona and ASU the weekend of Jan. 24-28 but then gets to spend two weekends at home, hosting a lone contest against Utah the weekend of Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 followed by a home series against Cal and Stanford.

The Buffs then conclude the regular season with road trips on two of three weekends, beginning with a visit to Washington and Washington State on Feb. 14-18. CU's final homestand will be against USC and UCLA the weekend of Feb. 21-25 followed by a visit to Utah to close the regular season.

The 2017-18 season marks a new cycle in the league's two-season schedule rotation, with Oregon and Oregon State the one set of teams that will not visit the Coors Events Center. CU does not play road dates against Cal and Stanford.

While the dates also remain undecided for CU's nonconference schedule, much of the matchups already have been confirmed with home dates against Air Force, Denver, Northern Colorado, New Mexico, and Portland as well as road dates at Xavier and Colorado State. Additionally, the Buffs play three games in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, opening with a match against Quinnipiac, and CU faces Iowa on Dec. 22 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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