BOULDER — Colorado woke up Monday morning to the news that they had climbed to No. 23 in the AP Poll, and followed it up with a strong showing later that night.

The Buffs came in as 10.5-point favorites, but UC-Irvine came in with a 3-1 record of their own. For a team that made the NCAA Tournament just one year ago, the Anteaters presented another strong early-season matchup for CU. Ultimately, fans saw what more game action can do to help iron out wrinkles.

Heres what we saw Monday night:

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Ben has been covering the Colorado Buffaloes for almost two years, including written, audio, and live content. Working mainly on football and basketball, Ben enjoys analyzing the intracadice statistics of the sports. Specializing in college basketball, Ben covers the Buffs as well as offering a national perspective on the college hoops landscape.