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Utah Basketball Preview #1

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    With non-conference play out of the way in victorious 58-point fashion, our collective basketball attention may now fully focus on our new Pac-12 brothers. *Much like football, our new conference has been kind, keeping the powers of the Pac-12 off the dawn of the conference slate, allowing the Buffs to ease into Pac-12 play. *Powers such as UCLA, Arizona and Cal can wait, the Buffs kick off their*inaugural Pac-12 schedule with struggling "travel partner" Utah.
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    Coach Boyle and staff didn't have to work too hard last night, but now the bright lights are on.* From: the BDC
    The newly reformed athletic rivalry,*forced*upon our two schools through geography and logistics, got off to a rousing start for those of us wearing black and gold tinted sunglasses. *Barely over a month ago I returned from Salt Lake City, having seen CU handle the favored Utes on the gridiron.

    The basketball version of the series will almost assuredly pale in comparison to the football scene, which saw Utah fans throwing stadium detritus at CU Head Coach Jon Embree and the Buffs bench. *However, it is none-the-less important that CU kick off conference play on a high note with a victory over their "rival."
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    Sad Ute is Sad.* From: the BDC
    While the football rivalry, which I would like to remind everyone recently saw a Buffs victory, has a storied, albeit disjointed, history, the basketball version of the rivalry is as historically insignificant as the CU-Nebraska hardwood contests were. *CU has only played Utah a relatively scant 35 times on the court (with CU owning a 20-15 head-to-head advantage; a recent 4-year series ended split 2-2), and those contests rarely determined anything of significance. *This Rumble in the Rockies is mostly mute.

    But that's not a*fault*of the Utes. *Utah is a traditional power, despite their losing record with CU, and one of the premier programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. *36 conference titles, 26 Tournament appearances, 15 Sweet Sixteen berths, and 4 Final Four runs adorn the rafters at the Jon M. Huntsman Center; truly a banner collection to be envious of. *If CU is the regional football*behemoth, Utah is the basketball counterpart.
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    The Keith Van Horn era is long past, considering the current struggles in SLC.
    But, all of that is in*the*past. *A new conference offers opportunities to create a new status quo. *The BasketBuffs begin their version of the new era Saturday afternoon at the CEC. *If you're worried about making your New Years Eve party, don't worry, tip-off is scheduled for 4pm. *Plenty of time to properly support the Buffs and still make your drunken revelry. *The Buffs will need your help, as the students are still out on break, and their*feisty*presence will be sorely missed. *If you absolutely can't make it up to Boulder, feel free to check out the proceedings on ROOT Sports.

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    With non-conference play out of the way in victorious 58-point fashion, our collective basketball attention may now fully focus on our new Pac-12 brothers. *Much like football, our new conference has been kind, keeping the powers of the Pac-12 off the dawn of the conference slate, allowing the Buffs to ease into Pac-12 play. *Powers such as UCLA, Arizona and Cal can wait, the Buffs kick off their*inaugural Pac-12 schedule with struggling "travel partner" Utah.
    [​IMG]
    Coach Boyle and staff didn't have to work too hard last night, but now the bright lights are on.* From: the BDC
    The newly reformed athletic rivalry,*forced*upon our two schools through geography and logistics, got off to a rousing start for those of us wearing black and gold tinted sunglasses. *Barely over a month ago I returned from Salt Lake City, having seen CU handle the favored Utes on the gridiron.

    The basketball version of the series will almost assuredly pale in comparison to the football scene, which saw Utah fans throwing stadium detritus at CU Head Coach Jon Embree and the Buffs bench. *However, it is none-the-less important that CU kick off conference play on a high note with a victory over their "rival."
    [​IMG]
    Sad Ute is Sad.* From: the BDC
    While the football rivalry, which I would like to remind everyone recently saw a Buffs victory, has a storied, albeit disjointed, history, the basketball version of the rivalry is as historically insignificant as the CU-Nebraska hardwood contests were. *CU has only played Utah a relatively scant 35 times on the court (with CU owning a 20-15 head-to-head advantage; a recent 4-year series ended split 2-2), and those contests rarely determined anything of significance. *This Rumble in the Rockies is mostly mute.

    But that's not a*fault*of the Utes. *Utah is a traditional power, despite their losing record with CU, and one of the premier programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. *36 conference titles, 26 Tournament appearances, 15 Sweet Sixteen berths, and 4 Final Four runs adorn the rafters at the Jon M. Huntsman Center; truly a banner collection to be envious of. *If CU is the regional football*behemoth, Utah is the basketball counterpart.
    [​IMG]
    The Keith Van Horn era is long past, considering the current struggles in SLC.
    But, all of that is in*the*past. *A new conference offers opportunities to create a new status quo. *The BasketBuffs begin their version of the new era Saturday afternoon at the CEC. *If you're worried about making your New Years Eve party, don't worry, tip-off is scheduled for 4pm. *Plenty of time to properly support the Buffs and still make your drunken revelry. *The Buffs will need your help, as the students are still out on break, and their*feisty*presence will be sorely missed. *If you absolutely can't make it up to Boulder, feel free to check out the proceedings on ROOT Sports.

    Click below for my preview...


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