The Kansas Jayhawks were looking to add some good home games to their schedule, and ESPN’s Andy Katz wrote that Kansas and former Big 12 squad Colorado are finalizing a two-year home-and-home series.
Colorado Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle was a former team captain for the Kansas Jayhawks back in his playing days in the 80’s and played on two NCAA Tournament teams. Boyle is an excellent coach and led the Buffs to a Pac-12 tournament title and a surprising NCAA Tournament appearance. They made some noise by winning their first game in the Big Dance.
Colorado and Kansas will renew this series, and both programs are half friends and half rivals. It is great to see the up-and-coming Pac-12 squad face off against the current Big 12 powerhouse in a new home series between both teams, and it will certainly be great for both programs and fans. After all, who doesn’t want to see two great coaches going at it with two solid programs playing quality basketball for two years?
The Jayhawks were absolutely fantastic last season with Jeff Withey, Thomas Robinson, and Tyshawn Taylor leading the way. T-Rob was the second best player in the country behind Anthony Davis, and KU made it all the way to the National Championship against some poor pre-season odds after losing much of their talent from the previous season. Bill Self deserved Coach of the Year honors in one of the best coaching performances in recent memory.
Tad Boyle also had a monumental task on his hands and a talented big man to help him achieve it. Andre Roberson (Devoe Joseph had a better case than the winner as well) was snubbed of the Pac-12 Player of the Year award, as California’s Jorge Gutierrez (make no mistake, he had a good year) won both Player of the Year and DPOY conference honors. Roberson’s DPOY snub was one of the biggest mistakes of the year, as he was clearly one of the best defensive players in the nation and held an enormous amount of value to the Buffaloes. I mean, they would have been one of the four worst teams in the conference without his immaculate defense.
Award complaining aside, Colorado got the last laugh. After stunning the Oregon Ducks in a revenge game and making Devoe Joseph and the Ducks stars look terrible and stifled their shooting abilities, the Buffaloes cruised and eventually defeated Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats to win the tourney and get into the Big Dance. Against all the odds. It was a terrific coaching performance, but he would not win the Coach of the Year in the conference. Neither did Ducks coach Dana Altman, as that award went to Washington’s coach Lorenzo Romar in another quizzical decision that showed bias to the bigger program.
In any case, Colorado also got the last laugh as Washington went to the NIT (Stanford won it) and Cal was bounced out in the first round of the Big Dance despite being the most efficient team in the conference.
The Buffaloes are rising under Boyle in their new conference, and I can’t wait to watch some games between Kansas and Colorado. It’s a great way to add a fun-to-watch home game to the schedule.
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