Weekly pairings for 2019-20 Pac-12 men’s basketball season set for CU Buffs

For first time since first year in Pac-12, CU plays first 5 of 7 league games at home

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Colorado head coach Tad Boyle and the Buffs finished with 23 wins which was one short of the program record.
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The little details that often widen windows of opportunity might be falling into place for the Colorado men’s basketball team.

Expected to compete for a Pac-12 Conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Buffaloes learned the layout of their 2019-20 league schedule on Monday. And for the first time in several seasons, the odds are stacked in CU’s favor.

The first Pac-12 contest of head coach Tad Boyle’s 10th year at the helm will occur the weekend of Jan. 1-5 at home against the Oregon schools. It will be the fourth time in nine seasons in the Pac-12 the Buffs have opened league play at home, yet the first time since the 2014-15 season. The opening run also jump-starts a favorable stretch of five home games among the first seven Pac-12 games.

CU has played five of its first seven Pac-12 games at home just one other year — their first season in the Pac-12 in 2011-12. The Buffs went 5-2 in the opening stretch, winning every home game, and that memorable season ended with the Pac-12 tournament championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in nine years. The Buffs have begun league play with five road dates among the first seven games in two of the previous three seasons. CU went 0-7 in the first seven Pac-12 games during a backbreaking stretch of the 2016-17 season and went 2-5 last season.

After hosting the Oregon schools, CU will host Utah in a single-game week before a two-game trip through Arizona. The Buffs return home to face the Washington schools ahead of a trip to Los Angeles. At the other end of the schedule the Buffs play their final three Pac-12 games on the road, with the regular season ending at Utah the week of March 4-7.

The opponents for CU’s 2019-20 schedule essentially are set, with the exception of a home matchup in the MGM Grand Resorts Main Event still to be determined alongside what will be another nonconference home date. The specific Pac-12 game dates and tipoff times will be released later this summer. CU is awaiting the finalizing of a final entrant for the Vegas event before releasing its full nonconference schedule.

The Buffs open Boyle’s 10th season in the Pac-12’s annual game in China on Nov. 9 in a contest that will be played as a nonconference game. CU will host UC-Irvine as part of the MGM Main Event and also are set to play Wyoming on Nov. 24 and the winner between TCU and Clemson Nov. 26 in Las Vegas.

CU will host San Diego and Northern Iowa in addition to road dates against Colorado State and Kansas (Dec. 7). The Buffs will conclude their nonconference schedule with an NIT first-round rematch against Dayton in the annual Chicago Legends doubleheader on Dec. 21.

2019-20 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Weekly Pairings

Week of Jan. 1-5

Oregon/Oregon State at Colorado/Utah

Arizona State at Arizona

California at Stanford

UCLA/USC at Washington/Washington State

Week of Jan. 8-12

Utah at Colorado

Arizona/Arizona State at Oregon/Oregon State

USC at UCLA

Washington/Washington State at California/Stanford

Week of Jan. 15-19

Colorado/Utah at Arizona/Arizona State

California/Stanford at UCLA/USC

Oregon/Oregon State at Washington/Washington State

Week of Jan. 22-26

Washington/Washington State at Colorado/Utah

Arizona at Arizona State

Stanford at California

UCLA/USC at Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Colorado/Utah at UCLA/USC

Arizona/Arizona State at Washington/Washington State

Oregon/Oregon State at California/Stanford

Week of Feb. 5-9

California/Stanford at Colorado/Utah

Oregon at Oregon State

UCLA/USC at Arizona/Arizona State

Washington at Washington State

Week of Feb. 12-16

Colorado/Utah at Oregon/Oregon State

Arizona/Arizona State at California/Stanford

Washington/Washington State at UCLA/USC

Week of Feb. 19-23

UCLA/USC at Colorado/Utah

California/Stanford at Washington/Washington State

Oregon/Oregon State at Arizona/Arizona State

Week of Feb. 26-March 1

Colorado/Utah at California/Stanford

Arizona/Arizona State at UCLA/USC

Oregon State at Oregon

Washington State at Washington

Week of March 4-7

(Regular season ends Saturday, March 7)

Colorado at Utah

California/Stanford at Oregon/Oregon State

UCLA at USCbWashington/Washington State at Arizona/Arizona State