Stanford to visit CU Buffs in Pac-12 men’s basketball opener Nov. 28 – The Denver Post

All the fresh faces expected to fill the rotation for the Colorado men’s basketball team already have been bracing for a crash course in college basketball during a nonconference slate set to include Kansas, Tennessee, and a trip to the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The newcomers won’t get a chance to ease into Pac-12 Conference play, either.

On Tuesday, Pac-12 announced its early-season, single-game conference matchups that began last season as the conference moved from an 18-game league schedule to a 20-game schedule. The Buffs will play the Pac-12’s first conference game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 28, at home against Stanford.

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Three nights later, on Dec. 1, the Buffs will play their first Pac-12 road game at UCLA, the likely league favorite coming off a Final Four appearance. The tipoff times and television information for those games, as well the remaining 18 games of the Pac-12 schedule, will be announced at a later date.

The 2021-22 season marks the beginning of a new 10-year travel/matchup cycle for the Pac-12. The Buffs will not host Cal next season, or visit USC.

Ahead of the Nov. 28 home date against Stanford, the Buffs will play the final of three games at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 22. CU opens that tournament against Southern Illinois on Nov. 19 and will play either Northeastern or Duquesne on Nov. 20 or 21. The tournament field also includes Colorado State, Creighton, Bradley, and Brown.

CU is coming off its best regular-season finish since joining the Pac-12, earning the third seed in the conference tournament and advancing to the title game before losing to Oregon State. The Buffs defeated Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament but will be welcoming six new scholarship players — five true freshmen plus graduate transfer Mason Faulkner — to the roster this summer.

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