CU Buffs basketball trying to fill two nonconference home dates

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Colorado head coach Tad Boyle and the Buffs are trying to fill out their nonconference schedule.

This week’s announcement of the weekly pairings for the Pac-12 schedule left just a few holes to fill before CU announces its full schedule for 2018-19 season. Yet Boyle and his staff recently hit a snag in those plans. After getting down to just one home game to fill on the nonconference schedule, one undisclosed school backed out of an agreement with the Buffs.

CU currently is attempting to fill two home dates on its nonconference schedule before announcing the non-league dates and opponents.

“We’re working on it every day,” Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said. “We need two home games. Our road games are kind of settled. We need quality home games, and those are even harder to do. We can get weak teams to come here. But we need some quality opponents. That’s what difficult.”

The Buffs will complete contractual agreements in 2018-19 with visits to New Mexico, San Diego, and Air Force. CU also will face Indiana State in its first game at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii on Dec. 22, with a contest the following day against either UNLV or Hawaii. The Buffs will play a third game at the tournament on Christmas against either Bucknell, Rhode Island, TCU, or Charlotte.

Walk-on revamp

The graduation of Josh Repine and the return of AJ Martinka will not be the only shakeup to the Buffs’ roster of walk-on players.

Boyle said his final 2018-19 roster will feature four walk-ons, with three newcomers expected to join Martinka on the Buffs’ bench. Those newcomers have yet to be finalized.

“We’re going to have a handful of walk-ons next year,” Boyle said. “I’m probably not at liberty to talk about it in detail yet until we get some things set in stone, but we’re going to do a little change in our walk-on philosophy going into next season. We’ll have a lot of new faces.”

In his first year with the CU program, Martinka appeared in just one game, playing the final minute of the Buffs’ 67-55 home loss against Utah on Feb. 2.


Repine is taking graduate courses at CU and will be working in CU’s athletic administration office…Former CU guard Dom Collier, who signed his first pro contract this week with FC Schalke 04 in Germany, is confident the lessons learned from his up-and-down career in Boulder will serve him well as a pro. “Never get too low on the low days and never get too high when I have good moments,” Collier said. “Just stay level-headed, because I know it is going to be challenging in the first year because I don’t know what to expect.”

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