After beating Oregon State on Saturday, the Colorado men’s basketball team improved to 12-0 at the CU Events Center this season, marking the Buffs’ best home start in the 14-year Tad Boyle era.
Colorado had started 11-0 at home twice under Boyle before this season in 2010-11 and 2013-14.
Still, the Buffs have dealt with road issues and the injury bug, prompting many to doubt one of the most talented rosters Boyle has ever had. Compared to other years, though, such a record at home has bode well for Colorado teams.
In Boyle’s most successful season at CU, at least hardware-wise, the 2011-12 Buffs won the Pac-12 title after going 14-2 at home in the regular season. Coincidentally, they also started that season 2-5 on the road but ultimately reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Since then, Colorado has only reached the Big Dance four times and has yet to advance past the second round. In each of those March Madness years, the black and gold never lost more than three games at home.
Good teams also need to win on the road, and the Buffs know that. However, the Buffs’ best start at home under Boyle shows promise for a team on the verge of being written off.