BOULDER - The University of Colorado men's basketball schedule was released Wednesday by the Pac-12 Conference office with times and television assignments.
CU will play 14 regular season games on the Pac-12 Network (P12N), eight of them in conference play and six others during the non-conference season in November and December. In addition, the Buffaloes will be seen 11 times on the ESPN family of networks, eight of which during the Pac-12 Conference season, and three more in non-conference play.
CU will also be televised twice nationally on Fox Sports Net.
The Buffaloes will open their televised 2012-2013 campaign at home on the Pac-12 Network against Wofford on Friday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m., MT. From there, CU will travel to the eight-team 2012 Charleston Classic and play the Dayton Flyers in the opening round of the three-day event Thursday, Friday and Sunday (Nov. 15, 16 & 18) at the TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
Joining the Buffaloes and Dayton will be Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Murray State and St. John's. CU will play Dayton in the first game of the Classic at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on ESPN3. CU/Dayton will play either Baylor or Boston College in the semifinal (10:30 a.m. MT) or the consolation round (12:30 p.m. MT) with both games being televised by ESPNU.
CU will return to Boulder and play five of its remaining eight non-conference games at the Coors Events Center - all seen on the Pac-12 Network. The Buffs are 15-1 over the last two years under head coach Tad Boyle during the November and December months.
CU will host Air Force (Sun., Nov. 25, 6 p.m.); Texas Southern (Tue., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.); 2011-12 NCAA Tournament and in-state rival Colorado State (Wed., Dec. 5, 8:30 p.m.); Northern Arizona (Fri., Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.); and Hartford (Sat., Dec. 29, Noon).
Road games during non-conference play are Wyoming (Sat., Dec. 1, TV TBA), Kansas (Sat., Dec. 8, ESPN2, Noon), and Fresno State (Wed., Dec. 12, TV TBA, 8 p.m.).
Unlike last year when CU began the inaugural Pac-12 Conference season with three-straight home games, the Buffs will open on the road and begin its defense of the conference title at Arizona (Thu., Jan. 3, ESPNU, 6 p.m.) and at Arizona State (Sun., Jan. 6, P12N, 6 p.m.).
From there, USC (Thu., Jan. 10, ESPNU, 8 p.m.) and UCLA (Sat., Jan. 12, P12N, Noon) will both make their first visits to Boulder since 1968 and 1962, respectively. The Buffs then take to the road at NIT Semifinal opponent Washington (Wed., Jan. 16, P12N, 9:30 p.m.) for the first time since 1996, and CBI Finals runner up Washington State (Sat., Jan. 19, P12N, 8 p.m.) for the first time ever.
CU rounds out the first month of the conference season at home against NIT Champion Stanford (Thu., Jan. 24, ESPNU, 8 p.m.) and NCAA Tournament opponent California (Sun., Jan. 27, FSN, 1:30 p.m.).
February begins conference play with a school-first not seen since the 1946-47 season (Mountain States Conference) with three-straight road games at Utah (Sat., Feb. 2, FSN, 12:30 p.m.); at Oregon (Thu., Feb. 7, ESPNU, 8 p.m.); at Oregon State (Sun. Feb. 10, P12N, 7 p.m.).
However, CU returns home for three-straight games similar to the way it opened conference play a year ago against NIT representative Arizona (Thu., Feb. 14, P12N, 8 p.m.), Arizona State (Sat., Feb. 16, ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Utah (Thu., Feb. 21, P12N, 8 p.m.).
CU closes February at Stanford (Wed., Feb. 27, ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and begins March at California (Sat., Mar. 2, ESPNU, 3 p.m.), then ending the conference regular season at home against NIT quarterfinal foe Oregon (Thu., Mar. 7, ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Oregon State (Sat., Mar. 9, P12N, 2:30 p.m.).
The Pac-12 Conference Tournament will be played in Las Vegas (March 13-16) for the first time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena over the next three years. The tournament's opening round games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with quarterfinal action also shown on the network with the exception of the fourth quarterfinal game televised by ESPNU.
The first semifinal game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network (Mar. 15, 7 p.m.), while the second semifinal by ESPN2 (Mar. 15, 9:30 p.m.). The conference final will be on ESPN (Mar. 16, 9 p.m.).
All times listed in the release are Mountain and subject to change.
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