KUSA - If Tad Boyle were coaching one of his elementary school sons then the 9 p.m. tipoff would be an issue. For his college team - though they're made up of mostly freshman and sophomores - the lateness isn't a problem.
"That is something you just build into your game day routine," the head coach said. The Buffs have already played at 10 a.m. this season and they defeated Jackson State in that game handily. So it's not too odd - and for the players it's actually not that late.
"At 9 o'clock at night these guys aren't in bed anyways, so being on the court is not going to be a big deal for them," he continued.
Boyle has made sure that the Buffs focus remains on Arizona State with College Gameday and No. 4 Arizona coming into the Coors Events Center on Saturday. Colorado will also need to continue to garner quality wins - beating a surging Sun Devils team late Wednesday night would qualify - if they want to make the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year.
"I love night games. I don't want to play early," Askia Booker asserted. "I like to get my feet under me throughout the day and get my legs warm. I think it helps me, playing a little later. I think my legs will feel great."
The point guard isn't sure if everyone on his team feels the same way about playing at 9 p.m. but if you see some players yawning you shouldn't be surprised.