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USC Basketball Preview: On the road again

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    USC, by all rights, is a team the Buffs should beat. They are winless in conference play, and truly one of the worst teams in the West. *In spite*of that, Vegas is still picking the lowly Trojans to upset the Buffs.* This doesn't surprise me in the least.

    It's a matter of common knowledge that CU just doesn't play well away from home, away from their mile-high altitude advantage. *That knowledge, that expectation, needs to change.* The entirety of Buff Nation needs to look upon a road trip, particularly one like this against struggling opponents, as an opportunity rather than a road block.* The Buffs need to take their cue from good ole' Willie Nelson:

    Home field advantage is of paramount importance in sports.* Pro teams fight all season for the right to have it in the playoffs.* In collegiate athletics, teams are paid handsomely to forfeit it.* There's no statistical doubt that it affects games in one way or another.* We may argue about why home court advantage means so much, with recent thoughts turning to subconsciously biased officiating, but that it is important in indisputable.* CU even enjoys the added benefit of high altitude acclimation when playing in the CEC.* It's just plain good to hit the court at home.

    Unfortunately, the schedule cannot always keep the Buffs on the Front Range.* At some point, this team, really the entire athletic department, needs to figure out what it takes to win away from home if they ever hope to be truly successful.* Regardless of altitude, biased officiating, or crowd noise, the Buffs need to prove that the road holds no horrors.

    This weekend,*including*the "winnable" matchup with UCLA, is a perfect opportunity to set a new level of expectations and finally begin to enjoy getting "on the road again."

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    The weekend romp through the City of Angels starts with the USC Trojans. Tip off from the beautifully appointed, and sparsely populated, Galen Center is set for 8:30 MT.* If you've got an extra $5 bucks lying around, you can give it to the USC athletic department for the privilege of watching a webcast of the proceedings.* If you'd rather not give those money grubbing Trojans your hard-earned money, then tune to 760AM for their, always free, broadcast.

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    USC, by all rights, is a team the Buffs should beat. They are winless in conference play, and truly one of the worst teams in the West. *In spite*of that, Vegas is still picking the lowly Trojans to upset the Buffs.* This doesn't surprise me in the least.

    It's a matter of common knowledge that CU just doesn't play well away from home, away from their mile-high altitude advantage. *That knowledge, that expectation, needs to change.* The entirety of Buff Nation needs to look upon a road trip, particularly one like this against struggling opponents, as an opportunity rather than a road block.* The Buffs need to take their cue from good ole' Willie Nelson:

    Home field advantage is of paramount importance in sports.* Pro teams fight all season for the right to have it in the playoffs.* In collegiate athletics, teams are paid handsomely to forfeit it.* There's no statistical doubt that it affects games in one way or another.* We may argue about why home court advantage means so much, with recent thoughts turning to subconsciously biased officiating, but that it is important in indisputable.* CU even enjoys the added benefit of high altitude acclimation when playing in the CEC.* It's just plain good to hit the court at home.

    Unfortunately, the schedule cannot always keep the Buffs on the Front Range.* At some point, this team, really the entire athletic department, needs to figure out what it takes to win away from home if they ever hope to be truly successful.* Regardless of altitude, biased officiating, or crowd noise, the Buffs need to prove that the road holds no horrors.

    This weekend,*including*the "winnable" matchup with UCLA, is a perfect opportunity to set a new level of expectations and finally begin to enjoy getting "on the road again."

    --

    The weekend romp through the City of Angels starts with the USC Trojans. Tip off from the beautifully appointed, and sparsely populated, Galen Center is set for 8:30 MT.* If you've got an extra $5 bucks lying around, you can give it to the USC athletic department for the privilege of watching a webcast of the proceedings.* If you'd rather not give those money grubbing Trojans your hard-earned money, then tune to 760AM for their, always free, broadcast.

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