When the Pac-12 Conference weekly pairings for the 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule were announced a little more than two weeks ago, coach Tad Boyle’s Colorado Buffaloes learned they would enjoy the most favorable home-heavy slate to start league play since the program’s inaugural Pac-12 season of 2011-12.
In turn, that means the CU women’s team will have to hit the road.
On Wednesday the league announced its weekly pairings for the 2019-20 women’s basketball schedule, with the Buffs facing a run of three straight road games to open conference play. Head coach JR Payne will begin her third run through the Pac-12 with a road date at Utah to be played no later than Dec. 29.
The Buffs will visit the Oregon schools Jan 2-5 before returning home for three straight games, beginning with a series against the Los Angeles schools Jan. 9-12. CU has opened the Pac-12 schedule at home the past two seasons, and this year’s schedule gives the Buffs five road openers total in nine seasons in the league.
CU went 5-13 in the Pac-12 in each of Payne’s first two years before struggling to a 2-16 mark (12-18 overall) last season. The Buffs have posted just one winning conference record over the past 15 seasons, going 13-5 in the Pac-12 in 2012-13.
Two weeks ago the Buffs also announced their full nonconference schedule, with CU hosting Regis in a Nov. 4 exhibition match before tipping off the season Nov. 10 at home against the New Jersey Institute of Technology. CU visits state rival Colorado State on Nov. 22 and closes the nonconference portion of the schedule with games against Alabama-Birmingham (Dec. 20) and Tulane (Dec. 21) in New Orleans, meaning the Buffs will play five straight away games in three different time zones between late December and early January.
The tipoff times for the nonconference games, as well as the specific matchups, dates, and times for the Pac-12 schedule, will be announced at a later date.
Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball 2019-20 schedule
Nov. 4 — REGIS (exhibition).
Nov. 10 — NJIT
Nov. 14 — WISCONSIN
Nov. 17 — at Wyoming
Nov. 22 — at Colorado State
Nov. 24 — JACKSONVILLE
Nov. 26 — INDIANA STATE
Dec. 3 — TEXAS SOUTHERN
Dec. 6 — at Xavier
Dec. 12 — DENVER
Dec. 20 — vs. UAB (Tulane Classic in New Orleans)
Dec. 21 — vs. Tulane (Tulane Classic in New Orleans)
By Dec. 29 — at Utah
Jan. 2-5 — at Oregon and Oregon State
Jan. 9-12 — vs. USC and UCLA
Jan. 17-19 — vs. UTAH
Jan. 23-26 — at Cal and Stanford
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 — vs. OREGON and OREGON STATE
Feb. 6-9 — at Washington and Washington State
Feb. 13-16 — vs. CAL and STANFORD
Feb. 20-23 — vs. ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE
Feb. 27-March 1 — at USC and UCLA
March 5-8 — Pac-12 Conference tournament, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas