AUSTIN, Texas — One of the immediate offseason objectives for head coach Tad Boyle and his staff is to finalize the 2019-20 nonconference schedule.
With a Buffaloes team expecting to be a Pac-12 Conference contender after reeling off a late run of 12 wins in 15 games, reaching the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament and the quarterfinals of the NIT along the way, Boyle hinted that a nonconference schedule for next season that already looks like an upgrade will have a few significant additions in the coming weeks.
“Next year, we haven’t announced everything, but we are upgrading our schedule significantly,” Boyle said. “We’re doing that because I believe in these guys. Those games in November and December are very important. And they’re going to be hard to win because we’re playing against some really good teams. We’ve got good teams coming to (the Events Center), on neutral courts, and road games.”
The only part of that statement that is somewhat a revelation is the addition of challenging home games. Currently, only three home games are confirmed on the docket, with San Diego returning to Boulder to complete a two-for-one contract and a pair of games yet to be determined as part of the MGM Resorts Main Event, which likely will be against mid-major-type opponents.
The MGM Resorts Main Event also will include a pair of games in Las Vegas against a field that will include TCU, Clemson, and Wyoming. The Buffs are scheduled to open the season against NCAA Tournament qualifier Arizona State in the Pac-12’s annual game in China, which will be played as a nonconference contest since the rivals will play just once in league play.
Additionally, the Buffs will visit Colorado State and also will have a neutral-court rematch against Dayton, which CU defeated in the first round of the NIT last week at home. The Buffs and Dayton will meet at the Chicago Legends showcase in CU’s first game at the United Center.
That leaves just four open slots left on the nonconference slate, most of which, if not all, will be filled with home dates.