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2 Days Til OSU Basketball: Colorado Buffaloes Preview

We may not get any sad Chauncey Billups logos this season

Colorado v Washington Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Colorado Buffaloes

  • Head Coach: Tad Boyle (9th Season) | Overall: 189-123
  • Last Season: 23-13 (10-8) | Post-Season: None
  • Pac-12 Media Preseason Poll: 2nd (288 Points - 9 First Place Votes)

Projected Starters

  • McKinley Wright IV (Guard - Junior)
  • Eli Parquet (Wing - Sophomore)
  • D’Shawn Schwartz (Wing - Junior)
  • Tyler Bey(Forward - Junior)
  • Evan Battey (Forward - Junior)

The Skinny

The Buffs come in to the season with some pretty high expectations. Picked to finish second by the Pac 12 coaches (tied with for first place votes) the hope their returning core of McKinley Wright, Tyler Bey, and Evan Battey can guide them to the top of the conference.

McKinley Wright is the star of the show in Boulder. The point guard has been relied upon heavily by the Buffs in years previous and has constantly proven up to the task. The expectations are sky high as he enters the year experienced and healthy (played through a torn labrum last season). The super quick junior is entering his third year of manning the point position for Tad Boyle’s squad and this may be the year he gets a little more help.

Tyler Bey was named to the All Pac 12 team, all defense team and was tabbed as the most improved player of 2018-2019. NBA scouts liked what they say from the defensive minded big man and there was buzz that he may leave early. Bey decided to stay for at least another year and the rest of the Pac-12 was likely very sad to hear that. The 6’7” forward will be a contender for defensive player of the year, but don’t sell him short on the offensive end either as he can score with the best of them.

Wright and Bey will get the headlines but the Buffs will need more than just those two if they want to reach their expectations... That’s where Evan Battey comes in. At 6’7, 270lbs Battey is a mountain of a human being. He committed to the Buffs in 2017 along with Bey and Wright, but was ruled ineligible for his first season. During that year Battey suffered a stroke. Fortunately he was able to make a full recover and hit the court last season. After shaking off some early season rust he got into the groove and was able to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Battey will be a huge part of the Buffs success this year.

The final member of the 2017 recruiting coup is D’Shawn Schwartz. The headliner of the class (joined by Wright, Bey and Battey) has yet to make the impact that many had expected, but there is hope that this is the year he breaks out. The junior wing ended last season on a bit of a hot streak in the conference tournament and the NIT finally putting together his offensive game to go with the strong defense he had played all season.

If Schwartz and Battey can reach their potential to go along with the known commodities of Wright and Bey, the sky is the limit for the Buffs.

Shout out to Ralphie Report which is where I stole all this info


Four Non-Conference Games To Watch

  • 11/8 v. Arizona State (Non Conference game in China)
  • 12/7 at Kansas
  • 12/21 v. Dayton (United Center-Chicago)
  • 12/29 v Iona