Who wants to take a couple of extra days off before Christmas and go to Las Vegas to see the Buffaloes take on what should be a very good Oklahoma State team? Colorado will be one of four Top 25 team to compete in the inaugural nationally televised doubleheader on December 21st benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The MGM Grand Showcase tips with reigning Mountain West champion New Mexico taking on Marquette at 7:00 p.m. (MT) in the opener, televised live on ESPNU. The University of Colorado Buffaloes will face former Big 12 Conference foe the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the nightcap on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. (MT).
The two games will be played at the 16,800-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena, home of the biggest names in sports and entertainment including many of boxing's premier championship bouts over the past two decades. The CU/OSU game will be broadcast to more than 100 million homes on ESPN2.
Oklahoma State finished last season at 24-9, tied for third in the Big 12 with a 13-5 record. Marcus Smart will be one of the best players in the nation in 2013-14 and his match-up with Spencer Dinwiddie should be the highlight of the tournament in what will be a marquee non-conference game. Can't wait for basketball season.