Colorado men's basketball 2017-18 schedule

Mon. Oct 30: COLORADO MINES (exhibition), 7 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 10: NORTHERN COLORADO, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Mountain)

Tue. Nov. 14: DENVER, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Mountain)

Fri. Nov. 17: vs. Quinnipiac, 3:30 p.m. (Paradise Jam; live stream at FloHoops.com)

Nov. 18 or 19: vs. Wake Forest or Drake, 3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. (Paradise Jam, live stream at FloHoops.com)

Mon. Nov. 20: vs. TBA (Paradise Jam, live stream at FloHoops.com)

Sun. Nov. 26: AIR FORCE, 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Sat. Dec. 2: at Colorado State, 11 a.m. (AT&T Sports Network)

Wed. Dec. 6: NEW MEXICO, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Sat. Dec. 9: at Xavier, 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. (FS1)

Tue. Dec. 12: SAN DIEGO, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Fri. Dec. 15: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Fri. Dec. 22: vs. Iowa, 7 p.m. (at Sioux Falls, S.D.; Big Ten Network)

Fri. Dec. 29: at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sun. Dec. 31: at Oregon, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Thur. Jan. 4: ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Sat. Jan. 6: ARIZONA, Noon (Pac-12 Network)

Wed. Jan. 10: at USC, 8 p.m. (FS1)


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Sat. Jan. 13: at UCLA, 8:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Thur. Jan. 18: WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Sat. Jan. 20: WASHINGTON, 4 p.m.

Thur. Jan. 25: at Arizona, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

Sat. Jan. 27: at Arizona State, 6 p.m. (ESNPU)

Fri. Feb. 2: UTAH, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Wed. Feb. 7: CAL, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sun. Feb. 11: STANFORD, 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Thur. Feb. 15: at Washington State, 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Sat. Feb. 17: at Washington, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Wed. Feb. 21: USC, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

Sun. Feb. 25: UCLA, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sat. March 3: at Utah, 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Mountain)

March 7-10: at Pac-12 Conference tournament, Las Vegas

Home games in CAPS; All time Mountain

Colorado basketball fans can begin making their game plans for the 2017-18 season.

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced its men's basketball schedule for the upcoming season. CU previously released its nonconference schedule, and the league announced its weekend pairings for the season almost three months ago, but Tuesday's announcement finalized dates, tipoff times, and the television broadcast schedule for the 2017-18 campaign.

Twenty-seven of the Buffs' 30 regular season games will be televised either nationally or regionally, including 16 dates on the Pac-12 Network. The lone exception to that coverage will be the three games at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Buffs will play four times on ESPNU — at Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener on Dec. 29, at Arizona State on Jan. 27, at home against Cal Feb. 7, and the home finale against UCLA on Feb. 25.

The Cal date is the only 9 p.m. tipoff at home this season.

CU also will play to a national audience on Fox Sports 1 five times, beginning with a road date at Xavier on Dec. 9. That game is the only contest outside the Paradise Jam tournament that does not yet have a finalized start time, with tipoff to be determined between 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. MST. The other FS1 telecasts are Jan. 10 at USC, Jan. 25 at Arizona, Feb. 2 at home against Utah, and Feb. 21 at home against USC.

CU opens the season on Nov. 10 at home against Northern Colorado (Pac-12 Mountain) and begins the home portion of the league schedule on Jan. 4 against Arizona State. Arizona, a likely preseason top five team, visits Boulder two days later on Jan. 6 with a noon tipoff.

Perhaps the biggest change to this season's schedule is the addition of an exhibition game at home on Oct. 30 against Colorado Mines. Teams are allowed either one exhibition game or two closed scrimmages, and CU head coach Tad Boyle generally has preferred putting his team through two closed scrimmages.

However, with a glut of new faces on the roster — there are eight players who were not on the active roster a year ago — Boyle believes his club will be better served with a trial run at the Coors Events Center. The Orediggers will give the young Buffs a reasonable opening exam, as Mines won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships last season before reaching the Elite Eight of the Division II NCAA Tournament.

"The thinking there is the fact we have so many young, new faces, we wanted to get them under the lights," Boyle said. "We certainly get more out of a closed scrimmage than an exhibition. You can go longer and work on certain situations. But for this team, this year, it's a great opportunity to get under the lights and play a quality opponent."

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