As season-opening opponents go, Drake represents a fairly familiar foe for the Colorado men's basketball team.
Yet coach Tad Boyle isn't bothering to show his Buffaloes the video of last season's win against the Bulldogs. Maybe when the Buffs start preparing for Colorado State in a few weeks, but not now.
CU opens the 2018-19 season Tuesday night at home against Drake, a team the Buffs defeated in the second of three straight wins at the Paradise Jam in Virginia a year ago. But the coach of that Drake team, Niko Medved, has since moved on to Colorado State, which has won its first two games and visits CU on Dec. 1.
Drake hired Darian DeVries, an assistant for two decades at Creighton. Boyle and the Buffs don't know what to expect from Drake on Tuesday (6 p.m., Pac-12 Network), but looking at film of a team that won't resemble the one from a year ago from the head coach through the end of the roster.
"They have one starter returning and they lost four starters," Boyle said. "I know they signed some JUCO guys. I know they have some fifth-year transfers. It's really a brand new team, a brand new program. A new coach and a lot of new players. We'll have two (Drake) exhibitions to go off of, and that's it. They'll have a little bit more information on us than we'll have on them."
The Buffs defeated Drake 86-81 last year behind a 9-for-12, 21-point, nine-assist performance from point guard McKinley Wright in his fourth collegiate game. And it was just 24 hours after Wright knocked down the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against Quinnipiac in the tournament opener.
On Thursday, the university inducted its 2018 athletics Hall of Fame class, which included former basketball players Charlie Gardner and Chuck Williams. While Boyle has become acquaintances with Williams over the years, he had never met Gardner before this past week. Both newly-minted Hall of Famers spoke to the Buffs before their practice Saturday morning.
"I want our players to appreciate what those before them have done," Boyle said. "As I sit in those Hall of Fame dinners, I wish our players were there. Because of the things that are said, the feelings that are shared, are so special. I want our players that are here to be exposed to that and understand that. It was great to have both Charlie and Chuck take time out of their busy weekends to come address the team."
Dinwiddie in Denver
Boyle also had a chance to hang out with a potential future Buffs Hall of Famer in Spencer Dinwiddie, whose Brooklyn Nets handed the Denver Nuggets their first home loss of the season Friday night at the Pepsi Center. Dinwiddie came off the bench to post 12 points, six rebounds and six assists with no turnovers in 30 minutes.
"Unbelievably proud of what he's doing on the floor and the kind of man he is," Boyle said. "I don't know if people know, but he and (former CU women's basketball player) Arielle Roberson had a baby boy and started a family. I know Spencer's family very well, so it was a great night."