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Men's Basketball Month-By-Month Preview: November

The first of a five-part series breaking down the Colorado men's basketball schedule

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With the basketball season less than a month away, it's time to take a month-by-month look at the Buffs' schedule, starting with November. Colorado should be tested fairly quickly out of the gate with a home game against a dangerous Drexel Dragons squad, and a road trip up to the Arena-Auditorium to face Wyoming, who haven't lost to Colorado at home since 1996.

Friday, Nov. 14                Drexel

Drexel proved it could scare top Pac-12 teams last season, falling to UCLA 72-67 in Los Angeles, and dropping a NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal to Arizona 66-62 after leading by nine at the half. Even though the Dragons lose a backcourt of Franz Massenat and Chris Fouch that averaged over 35 points per game, Drexel should be the highest quality opponent for a home-opener in the Tad Boyle era.

Monday, Nov. 17             Auburn

Part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon, fans will arrive at Coors Events Center late Monday night and leave Tuesday morning for CU's matchup with Auburn. After firing Tony Barbee, Auburn gambled on former Tennessee boss and NCAA rulebreaker Bruce Pearl, hoping Pearl could do what he does best - recruit top talent to the SEC.

Saturday, Nov. 22           at Wyoming

The ‘Pokes should provide Colorado with their toughest challenge of the month. Before superstar forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a torn ACL, Wyoming looked like it would probably reach the NIT, and perhaps threaten to steal the Mountain West's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. But instead, the Cowboys dropped six out of their last seven, falling in the first round of the CBI. The Cowboys return Nance, who was tabbed Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year by media.

Tuesday, Nov. 25           Air Force

Colorado had little difficulty handling the Falcons last season in Colorado Springs, winning 81-57. Media picked Air Force to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West. The Falcons return second-leading scorer Max Yon, while adding Trevor Lyons, the brother former Air Force star, Michael Lyons.

Sun, Nov. 30                   Lipscomb

The Bisons (seriously, that's their nickname - even though the plural of ‘bison' is ‘bison') are led by second year head coach Casey Alexander, who had a nice first season in in Nashville. Lipscomb dropped their first four Atlantic Sun games last season but rebounded nicely, finishing 10-8 in conference. Lipscomb returns four out of their five starters from last season, including top scorer Martin Smith.

Predicted November Record: 4-1