KUSA - With just five games left in the regular season, Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle doesn't want his team thinking about anything but the next opponent.
The Buffaloes (19-7, 8-5 Pac-12) play Wednesday night against Arizona State at home and finish the home slate against Arizona on Saturday. Both teams are ahead of CU in the conference standings.
"The message for our team is we've got to figure out how to win the next game," Boyle said. "We're not concerned about Bracketology. We're not concerned about the NCAA Tournament. We're not concerned about RPIs. We're not concerned about any of that stuff. That's for the outside world to deal with and talk about. We don't talk about it. We talk about what is it going to take to win the next game."
The Buffaloes have to figure out a way to beat the Sun Devils (19-6, 8-5) on Wednesday night. ASU has won three in a row against Colorado.
With a 9 p.m. tipoff, the Buffaloes will be up late. But that doesn't seem to bother them much.
"I love night games. I don't want to play early. I like to get my feet under me throughout the day and get my legs warm," guard Askia Booker said of the late tip. "I think it helps me, playing a little later. I think my legs will feel great. ... I'll be ready."
Then it's Saturday against No. 4 Arizona (23-2, 10-2). That will be a national game with ESPN's GameDay coming to Boulder to preview the matchup.
"It's huge. I think it's another milestone in our basketball program. What we're trying to build - a national brand name, a nationally recognized basketball program, year in and year out and sustained success," Boyle said. "To be sitting here with 19 wins in mid-February knocking on the door with 20, it means a lot.
"And with College GameDay picking Boulder, they could be in a lot of different places this weekend, but they picked Boulder. That's a huge statement by them and about our fans, and our student section and our team."