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In the first game of the 2020-2021 season, Colorado did not take long to hit its stride.

In fact, the Buffaloes came out in what looked like mid-season form as they controlled both ends of the floor. Eight players played over 15 minutes in the game, with nine players notching an assist.

In short, the Buffs played great team basketball, beating South Dakota 84-61.

Here are a few main takeaways from the impressive opening victory:

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BOULDER — At last, the day has come.

At 6 p.m., the Colorado Buffaloes will tip-off their 2020-2021 basketball season, taking on South Dakota in round one of the inaugural Little Apple Classic.

While taking on two inferior opponents on paper, the Buffs have a great chance to iron out early mistakes and build chemistry among this fairly young team. With games against South Dakota, Colorado should come away from this week undefeated while still learning a lot about this roster.

Here are three things to watch for this week:

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BOULDER — With snow becoming more frequent and temperatures dropping, only one thing comes to mind: college basketball is back.

In a year unlike any other, 2020 has brought its share of woes. It feels like just yesterday that college basketball postseason festivities were cancelled out of the blue.

And what was one of the last completed college basketball game, you may ask? A Colorado Buffaloes loss in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. A loss that completed a five-game skid for the Buffs after a very promising campaign.

Since this was the last time anyone saw Colorado compete, it makes sense to temper expectations for a squad that skyrocketed up rankings during the season just to lose all momentum in the final month.

But there is hope – the 2020-2021 Colorado Buffaloes may just be stronger top-to-bottom than before, and they're primed to put together another 20-win season and return to the big dance.

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BOULDER — The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday morning that teams are now permitted to schedule non-conference football opponents, if the scheduled conference opponent is unable to play. Unfortunately for the Colorado Buffaloes, they will still not be playing a non-conference team this weekend to replace the Arizona State game that was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the ASU…...

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Made official this evening, Tyler Bey is headed to the NBA. With the 36th overall selection – the sixth of the second round – the Dallas Mavericks grabbed the 6-foot-7 Forever Buff. This marks the sixth NBA Draft selection from Tad Boyle during his tenure at Colorado, with more on the horizon. Dallas acquired the pick in a trade that…...

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes released their non-conference schedule for men's basketball today, rounding out who CU will face in the 2020-21 regular season.

Additionally, the Pac-12 is beginning its 20-game conference schedule this season and added some new games in December. Combined with the new non-conference opponents released today, Colorado fans are in for one exciting season.

Let's dive into all these games.

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball team signed four players to  their 2021 recruiting class, Wednesday morning.

These four players make up an incredible haul for head coach Tad Boyle and Co., as their 2021 class is ranked 4th in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation by 247Sports. In short, Colorado has a lot to be excited about for the future of their basketball program.

So, let's dive in and meet these guys:

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The Colorado Buffaloes received some welcome news Monday morning as the Pac-12 Conference released its all-conference teams for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season. McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Bey led the Buffaloes to a 21-10 regular-season record and the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament and were rewarded with a number of honors. Wright was first-team All-Pac-12 and made…...

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This would have been much more fun to analyze four games ago, but here we are. The regular season is over and maybe the drama of March will propel Colorado toward a Cinderella story. Although the Buffaloes are entering the Pac-12 tournament on a four-game losing skid, they are still 21-10 and are sitting pretty in all the major rankings,…...

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Colorado had this game, no questions asked. With nine seconds left, McKinley Wright IV caught the inbounds pass and was immediately fouled, sending him to the line for a one-and-one. The Buffs, up to one at this point, needed their star to hit both of his shots and they would get a first-round bye in Las Vegas. If this were…...

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D’Shawn Schwartz caught a pass in the right corner and began a dribble-drive towards the hoop. The defender crashed to the ground, drawing a charge. As Schwartz hit the deck, Colorado’s remaining lineup jogged to the other end, hanging their heads. No one went to pick up their fallen teammate; no one even tried to fight the call or rally…...

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There is concern brewing in Boulder for the Colorado Buffaloes basketball team. Colorado is not a bad basketball team; far from it in fact. But for a team to drop back-to-back conference games while a first-round bye is on the line, well it is not a reassuring look. Tonight, the Buffs’ outrebounded the Bears in total and offensive boards, as…...

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BOULDER — Well, that one stings. Over 11,000 came out on Saturday afternoon as Colorado tried to send seniors Shane Gatling and Lucas Siewert out with a win. While the crowd brought the energy, Mick Cronin and his Bruins had other plans. UCLA played suffocating defense in the second half, preventing open shooting and forcing the ball inside where their…...

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BOULDER — Colorado now sits alone atop the Pac-12 Conference.

While it is tough to not have one eye in Arizona this weekend with Oregon creeping behind in the conference standings, the Buffaloes took care of business in their 70-66 win against a strong USC team.

While they were outscored in the paint 42-24 behind two strong performances from Nick Rakocevic and Onyeka Okongwu, Colorado found success from the perimeter. With the bigs bullying down low, the Buffs hit 11 threes at a 42% clip to ultimately build their lead.

While they had six more turnovers than the Trojans, Colorado's success came from great ball movement around the court. There 16 assists led to great looks that helped to counter the slow start to the game, as they got USC moving on defense and found lanes to the basket or kicks behind the arc.

Here's what went down Thursday night:

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It is time to move on from the Oregon loss in Eugene. It was in a hostile environment where the Ducks had a 75% chance to win according to ESPN’s metrics. It was a tough game, but it is time to move on. Colorado showed they still have the firepower to win on the road against a quality opponent, as…...

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The Buffs, both literally and figuratively, threw the game away Thursday night in a 68-60 loss against the Oregon Ducks. In a matchup between the No. 16 and No. 17 programs in the nation, the game had a championship feel as it was close deep into the second half. Despite a 20-0 run in the first 15 minutes by Colorado,…...

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BOULDER — As the clock was winding down in the first half, Colorado simply hadn't played up to its standards. The Buffs' first-half shooting was off while they struggled to get quality shots. Still, CU had to be relieved to keep it within double-digits.

Then, with 0.2 seconds on the clock, Stanford's Tyrell Terry drew a foul on a 3e-point attempt. As the crowd rained down boos, head coach Tad Boyle got his money's worth on a technical foul. As he made sure the refs heard his point of view, Terry sank five free throws in a row to put the Buffs down.

Early in the second half, the deficit grew to 16 as Colorado was desperately looking for a spark. In response, CU had an incredible 59 -oint second half that saw McKinley Wright IV and D'Shawn Schwartz light up the floor with efficient scoring. With that strong effort, Colorado completes a weekend sweep while moving to 19-5 on the season, as well as first within the conference.

Here's what went down in the comeback victory:

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BOULDER — The No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes escaped Thursday night’s matchup against the California Golden Bears 71-65 behind a strong defensive effort. It’s not that the shots were not falling, but that the Buffaloes were carried by their core. The trio of Wright, Schwartz, and Bey combined to produce over 73% of CU’s scoring, as well as 19 of their…...

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The No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes traveled to Galen Center Saturday night looking for retribution following their disappointing loss to UCLA two days prior, and they cashed in. In a dominating win over the University of Southern California Trojans, Colorado took care of business with a 21-point victory. Winning in almost every major statistical category was great, but the Buffs passed…...

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Time and time again when analyzing a team’s record, it is important to look at the good wins compared to the bad losses. Thursday night, the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes took a bad loss. In the 72-68 defeat at the hands of the UCLA Bruins, Colorado had a rude reality check after jumping up into the national limelight. They wave…...

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