2019-20 schedule set for CU Buffs men’s basketball

CU opens Pac-12 slate against likely league favorite Oregon

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Colorado’s Evan Battey and the Buffs will open Pac-12 play at home against Oregon and Oregon State.

At long last, the Colorado men’s basketball schedule for 2019-20 has been finalized.

While the weekly Pac-12 Conference pairings were released on July, on Thursday the league released its specific game dates along with television information for the entire season. The Buffs will get a solid opening test in league play with a home date against Oregon on Jan. 2 that will air on ESPN2.

For just the second time in nine years in the Pac-12, the Buffs will play five of their first seven league games at home. In two of the past three seasons, CU played five of its first seven conference games on the road.

The Buffs will play 11 games on ESPN networks in addition to three games on FS1 and 11 on the Pac-12 Network. CU also will play two games on traditional over-the-air networks, including the Jan. 18 game at Arizona (FOX) and the home finale against UCLA on Feb. 22 (CBS). The UCLA game will mark the first time since the Jan. 17, 2009 game against Kansas that an over-the-air network will broadcast from the CU Events Center.

The bulk of the nonconference schedule has been reported previously, with CU opening the season against Arizona State in the Pac-12’s annual game in China on Nov. 8. That contest will be played as a nonconference game.

The game time and TV information for the most anticipated matchup on the nonconference schedule, a Dec. 7 date at Kansas, will be announced at a later date.

UC-Irvine, an NCAA Tournament team this past spring, visits the CU Events Center on Nov. 18 as the first game of the MGM Resorts Main Event. The Buffs will then complete the showcase in Las Vegas against Wyoming (Nov. 24, ESPN3) and either TCU or Clemson on Nov. 26.

The early home slate also features a visit on Dec. 4 from Loyola Marymount, which is coached by former Metro State leader and one-time CU coaching candidate Mike Dunlap. After the early run of Pac-12 home dates, the Buffs conclude the regular season with three consecutive road games against Cal (Feb. 27), Stanford (March 1) and Utah (March 7).

The Buffs also will host an exhibition game on Oct. 26 against Pomona-Pitzer, which features CU coach Tad Boyle’s son, Jack, as a senior forward.

CU finished 23-13 last year and returns the entire rotation that put together a run of 12 wins in 15 games before losing at Texas in the quarterfinals of the NIT.

2019-20 Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball schedule

Oct. 26 — Pomona Pitzer, 1 p.m. (exhibition)

Nov. 8 —  vs. Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. (Shanghai, China; ESPN2)

Nov. 16 — SAN DIEGO, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Nov. 18 — UC IRVINE, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Nov. 24 — vs. Wyoming, 6 p.m. (Las Vegas; ESPN3)

Nov. 26 — TCU/Clemson, 7 or 9:30 p.m. (Las Vegas; TBA)

Nov. 30 — SACRAMENTO STATE, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Dec. 4 — LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Dec. 7 — at Kansas, TBA

Dec. 10 — NORTHERN IOWA, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Dec. 13 — at Colorado State, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Dec. 19 — PRAIRIE VIEW A&M, 6:30 (Pac-12 Network)

Dec. 21 — vs. Dayton, TBA (Chicago)

Jan. 2 — OREGON*, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Jan. 5 — OREGON STATE* 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

Jan. 12 — UTAH*, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

Jan. 16 — at Arizona State*, 7 p.m. (ESPN/2)

Jan. 18 — at Arizona*, 12:30 p.m. (FOX)

Jan. 23 — WASHINGTON STATE*, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Jan. 25 — WASHINGTON*, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Jan. 30 — at UCLA*, 9 p.m., (ESPN2)

Feb. 1 — at USC*, 8:30 p.m., (FS1)

Feb. 6 — CAL*, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Feb. 8 — STANFORD*, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Feb. 13 — at Oregon*, 7 p.m. (ESPN/2)

Feb. 15 — at Oregon State*, 8 p.m. (FS1)

Feb. 20 — USC*, 7 p.m. (ESPN/2)

Feb. 22 — UCLA*, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Feb. 27 — at Cal*, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

March 1 — at Stanford*, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

March 7 — at Utah*, 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

March 11-14 — Pac-12 Conference tournament, Las Vegas

All times Mountain; Home games in CAPS; *denotes Pac-12 Conference game. Times and TV info subject to change.