The attendance of 11,309 in the house for the Colorado Buffaloes’ huge 75-72 win against No. 9 Arizona was the third-largest in the venue’s history.
It was a raucous crowd complete with a vibrant (and full) student section, chants, and a flood-the-floor celebration to top it off. It was a scene head coach Tad Boyle still wants to see more frequently.
“If you didn’t come to watch this game tonight and you had an opportunity to, you missed a hell of a college basketball game,” Boyle said. “Why can’t the Coors Events Center be like that every night? That’s my first question. And my second question is, ‘Why can’t we bring that energy and passion and concentration level as a team every night?’
“I think they’re both valid questions. Because it should be like this every night. If we want to get this program where we want to get, which is a perennial top 25 program like Arizona, we have to do that. It’s incumbent upon our fans to come out. And it’s incumbent on us as coaches and players to play with the passion, play with the energy, and play with the toughness we did tonight.”
Injured senior Xavier Johnson will not be part of Sunday’s senior ceremony prior to the Buffs’ home finale against Arizona State, yet he remains undecided if he will take a redshirt for a potential return next season. Johnson tore his Achilles tendon last summer and has been practicing with the team for weeks, but is unlikely to see any playing time.
“I’m still deciding. I’m just focused on getting healthy. That’s pretty much it,” Johnson said earlier this week. “I haven’t decided anything at all. I’m just trying to get my game together. I feel more explosion in my leg and I’m getting in better shape. Those things take time. Nothing happens overnight.”
Assessed a technical during the game, Arizona coach Sean Miller apparently is not a fan of being on the wrong end of postgame fan-storming sessions on the court.
“I have no problem being a great sport and I have no problem recognizing that Colorado deserved to win tonight,” Miller said. “But what’s eventually going to happen in the Pac-12 is this: An Arizona player is going to punch a fan and they are going to punch a fan out of self-defense and when it happens only then will everyone take a deep breath and say we have to do something to protect both teams.”
Wednesday’s win was CU’s 400th at the Coors Events Center…Now at 20-9, the Buffs have reached 20 wins in five of Boyle’s six seasons…Wesley Gordon’s 12 rebounds gives him double-digit rebounds in four of the past six games.