The 2016-17 nonconference schedule for the Colorado men’s basketball team is starting to round into shape.
This week CU finalized plans to bring Wofford to the Coors Events Center, adding to a ledger of teams that already appears as if it will be improved over the Buffs’ solid-but-not-spectacular 2015-16 nonconference slate.
Wofford, based in Spartansburg, S.C., went 15-17 last season but has built a solid mid-major reputation under veteran coach Mike Young. In 2015, the Terriers set a school record by going 28-7 while winning the Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships. Wofford’s NCAA Tournament berth that year was its fourth in sixth seasons.
The Terriers graduate three of their top five scorers from 2015-16 but are set to welcome back Fletcher Magee, considered one of the top mid-major freshmen in the nation this past season, and 10 points-per-game scorer Eric Garcia, a Colorado native who graduated from Grandview High School as the program’s all-time leader in points and assists.
The addition of Wofford bolsters a nonconference home slate that already includes national power Xavier, a team that spent the bulk of the 2015-16 season ranked in the top 10. CU also will host state rival Colorado State in addition to two teams among a group that includes Louisiana-Monroe, Bryant, Seattle, and Eastern Washington — most likely the latter two — as part of the Legends Classic.
While dates have yet to be finalized overall, the Buffs will complete the Legends Classic in Brooklyn on Nov. 21 and 22 with contests against two programs from a pool that includes Northwestern, Texas, and Notre Dame.
CU also will have additional road games against Portland and BYU as return dates from home-and-home sets from this past season, plus a trip to Air Force. The Buffs also are likely to add another regional Division II program to their home slate.