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    [h=3][/h][h=3]Colorado Weekly[/h]Program Note … Next weekend tips off*the second season for basketball coverage at CU at the Game. My intentions are that*this season’s coverage is to*be even more extensive than last. While “CU Above the Rim” will continue to keep you abreast of all things CU basketball, the “Colorado Weekly” will focus on upcoming opponents and Pac-12 news. Once the season begins, and national rankings, RPI ratings, and yes, the dreaded “Bubble Watch” start to come into play, the “Colorado Weekly” will keep you apprised of all things relevant to the Buffs.
    This is not to say that football coverage will be diminished come season’s end. “Recruiting Prospects – 2014” will soon turn into the “Recruiting Class of 2014“, with “Stoppin’ by for a Visit” to return as a feature come December. And, as always, the “Colorado Daily” and “Pac-12 Notes” will continue to be dedicated to CU football news.
    So, as we are now only a week out from CU’s first basketball game of the season, it’s time to introduce … “The Colorado Weekly” …

    Preview – Colorado v. No. 25 Baylor – Friday, November 8th … @ Dallas
    When and*Where*… Friday, November 8th – 8:00 p.m. (MT) … American Airlines Center (Dallas) … Root Sports is televising the game (to see who is carrying the game in your area, click here)
    Who … Baylor is coming off of a 23-14 season in 2012-13. The Bears finished 9-9 in Big 12 play (5th place), and were not invited to the Big Dance. Baylor made the most of their NIT opportunity, though,*going 5-0 to win the tournament (taking down the likes of Arizona State and Iowa along the way).
    Unlike the Buffs, who lost Andre Roberson to the 1st round of the NBA draft, two potential early defections decided to stay in Waco for another season. Center Isaiah*Austin and power forward Cory Jefferson (7’1″, and 6’9″, respectively) return this season to lead the No. 25 Bears. Austin (13.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 58 blocks) and Jefferson (13.3 ppg; 8.0 rpg) are both amongst the top five returnees in the Big 12 in both scoring*and rebounding.
    Where the Bears are suspect, at least at the outset of the 2013-14 season, is in the backcourt. Gone from this year’s lineup are guards Pierre Jackson and A.J. Walton. Last season, Jackson became the first player from a power conference to lead his league in scoring and assists since 1999. Junior college All-American Kenny Chery and freshman Allerik Freeman (who originally committed to UCLA) will try and fill the void.
    One returning guard to keep an eye on is senior Brady Heslip, as last season, Heslip made 83 three-pointers. Buff fans will remember Heslip … two years ago, Heslip scored 27 points, hitting nine-of-12 three-pointers to lead the Bears to an 80-63 victory in the second round of*the NCAA tournament.
    History … The matchup in Dallas will mark the third straight season in which the Buffs and the Bears have met, with all three meetings coming on neutral courts.
    As noted above, in the 2011-12 season, Baylor ended Colorado’s NCAA tournament run with an 80-63 victory in the NCAA tournament. (Game story can be found here).
    Last season, the Buffs returned the favor, winning a Charleston Classic semi-final game over the Bears,*60-58. Askia Booker led the Buffs with a career-high 19 points – 16 in the first half. Spencer Dinwiddie (11) was the only other CU player in double figures. Baylor was led by Cory Jefferson’s 17, with Pierre Jackson adding 12. The game was exciting, as the Buffs controlled the game … but couldn’t make a free throw. CU made only four of 18 free throw attempts, including missing five of six in the final 1:01. (Game story can be found here). The win for the Buffs represented the first November win over a ranked opponent since 1973.
    Former Big 12 rivals, Colorado and Baylor have played*each other 26 times. Colorado has a 16-10 edge in the series, including a 5-2*record in games played*at neutral sites.
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    Preview – Colorado v. Tennessee-Martin*- Sunday, November 10th … Boulder
    When and Where … Sunday, November 10th – 4:00 p.m. (MT), in Boulder … Game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks
    Who … The University of Tennessee-Martin plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, a conference which in previous years has given the NCAA tournament bracket busters like* Murray State, Belmont*and Southeast Missouri*State. The Skyhawks went 9-21 last season, including a 5-11 conference record (T-4th, west division). Tennessee-Martin did have a shining moment last season, taking down Murray*State, the first road victory for the Skyhawks over the Racers since Tennessee-Martin*moved to Division 1*in the mid-1990′s.
    The Skyhawks return four starters, including 6’7″, 250-pound forward Myles Taylor, who led the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) last season. Also back is guard Mike Liabo, who averaged 13.4 ppg last season.
    The first home game of the season for*Colorado should be fun one for the Buff fans. Last season, Tennessee-Martin gave up 80 or more points on a regular basis. I can’t say that I know what “adjusted defensive efficiency” is, but I can tell you that Tennessee-Martin finished 335th out of 347 schools in adjusted defensive efficiency last season … and that can’t be good.
    Tennessee-Martin will be adjusted to altitude before playing the Buffs. The Skyhawks open their season against Wyoming in Laramie on Friday, November 8th, and will stay in the region to take on the Buffs on*Sunday, November 10th.
    History … This is the first meeting ever between Colorado and Tennessee-Martin. Colorado has a 3-2 record against schools from the state of Tennessee, with an 0-2 record against the Tennessee Volunteers (games played in 1980 and ’81), and a 3-0 record against the Tennessee State Tigers*(who, like the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, play in the Ohio Valley Conference)
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    Up next …
    - Colorado v. Wyoming … Wednesday, November 13th … Boulder … 7:00 p.m. … Pac-12 Networks
    - Colorado v. Jackson State … Saturday, November 16th … Boulder*… 10:00 a.m. … Pac-12 Networks
    - Colorado v. Arkansas State … Monday, November 18th … Boulder … 7:00 p.m. … Pac-12 Networks


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