The Buffs (11-11, 2-6) are wondering what they did to upset the basketball gods after another disheartening loss -- 72-66 in overtime to No. 1 Kansas this time. That`s 27 single-digit defeats and counting for Jeff Bzdelik at CU. "They all hurt," Bzdelik said before Friday`s practice. "But that would have been special, obviously. We can`t be hungover emotionally because we have an excellent Missouri team coming in here." Alec Burks -- CU`s key import from Grandview, Mo. -- practiced on Friday and hopes to play today. Doctors cleared the Big 12`s top freshman scorer (16.3 ppg) to play against KU, but Bzdelik held him out because his sprained left knee was only "90 percent" healthy
Freshman guard Alec Burks remains questionable for Saturday's game against Missouri with a left knee sprain suffered two minutes into the game at Iowa State (Jan. 30). TIGERS UPDATE: Missouri is 16-6 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play, and are coming their first home loss of the season against Texas A&M on Feb. 3 (77-74). Mizzou has struggled on the road this season at 1-4 overall (1-2 in the Big 12). They defeated Texas Tech on the road in overtime and have lost to Kansas and Oklahoma. Head Coach Mike Anderson is in his fourth season at Mizzou (81-41, .664).
The place was rocking — with Buffs fans, of all things. "This is the best atmosphere I've seen here," Self said after his top-ranked Jayhawks survived in overtime before a sellout crowd of 11,027. "When we played out here in the past, and no disrespect to anybody, but 50 percent of the fans were ours. What was it tonight? About 75 percent Colorado fans? That made for a good crowd."
Indeed, thanks to coach Jeff Bzdelik and players such as leading scorer Cory Higgins, the Buffaloes are no longer viewed as a pushover in the Big 12 – or nationally, for that matter. Colorado is 11-11 overall and 2-7 in league play, with their last five losses coming by an average of 5.8 points. It’s been nearly four years since Colorado won more than three conference games, a number it will almost surely surpass this season.
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I have covered national signing-day news conferences for more than 30 years, and usually I can detect if a late decommitment had dampened the day. I did not feel that on Wednesday. Legaux may turn out to be a terrific quarterback for the Bearcats, but CU coaches seems to be thrilled with the QB signee they got — Nick Hirschman from Los Gatos (Calif.) High. Hirschman would have been way ahead of Legaux for two reasons: 1) Hirschman is already enrolled at CU and will participate in spring drills, and 2) Hirschman is listed at 6-4 and 220 pounds, while Legaux, at 6-5 and a rail-thin 185 pounds, needs to build himself up in the weight room. Hirschman is getting rave reviews from CU wide receivers regarding his arm strength. I think there’s a good chance he may become the plum of the recruiting class.
Yes, the two bigger backs will play tailback rather than fullback, Hagan said. "They’re both ‘dirt dogs,’’’ Hagan said of Torres and Clark-Allen. "It will be nice to have some big guys for short-yardage situations. Cordary, he can really run. He’s like Chris Brown was, a 4.5 guy. We can use him in different ways. Auburn tried to come in late on him, but it was too late."
On Oct. 2, the Colorado football program will hold a 20-year reunion for its 1990 national championship team. That’s the weekend CU hosts Georgia in its final non-conference game.
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New hoops, volleyball facility should be done in 2011
Jenny Barringer, the American record-holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, is parting ways with University of Colorado coach Mark Wetmore for Juli Benson, Air Force's head cross-country and assistant track coach.