Men’s Basketball Set For Tour Of Costa Rica
BOULDER – The University of Colorado men's basketball team is scheduled to play four exhibition games during a tour of Costa Rica, set for Aug. 12-19.
The Buffaloes will play all four games in the first four full days of the trip, Aug. 13-16, in capital of San Jose. While the opponents have not been finalized, the teams are expected to come from the Costa Rican professional league. Three of those opponents are scheduled to be teams that will be currently competing in the Costa Rican league playoffs while the fourth will likely be a "select" or "all-star" team.
All four games are scheduled to be streamed live on FloHoops.com. The game schedule is as follows and is subject to change. San Jose is on Central Standard Time, which this time of the year, is the same in Boulder (Mountain Daylight Time)
Colorado Game Schedule
Game 1: vs. Costa Rican Pro Team, Friday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.
Game 2: vs. Costa Rican Pro Team, Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.
Game 3: vs. Costa Rican Select Team, Sunday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.
Game 4: vs. Costa Rican Pro Team, Monday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.
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Colorado will stay in San Jose the first five days of the trip and spend the last two in Los Suenos on the Pacific Coast before returning to Boulder on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Colorado has several excursions planned during its stay in Costa Rica including La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, a guided tour of San Jose, a coffee plantation tour and a zip line tour in Los Suenos.
Every four years, NCAA basketball teams can take an international tour during the summer months which allows for 10 practices and a handful of exhibition games. The Buffaloes will hold their final one of those 10 practice sessions on Wednesday before embarking to San Jose early Thursday morning.
Much as it did four years ago, this trip comes at a perfect timing for the Buffaloes. Colorado is coming off its third-straight 20-win season, finishing 23-9 overall and advancing to the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but the roster flips over to a new era in 2021-22. The Buffaloes' scholarship roster is comprised of two seniors – Evan Battey and Eli Parquet – no juniors and 10 underclassmen.
Colorado's 2021 class comes in ranked No. 11 in the nation by 247Sports. Three players – Quincy Allen, Lawson Lovering and KJ Simpson – are four-star, Top 100 recruits. Colorado Gatorade State Player of the Year Julian Hammond III and Javon Ruffin.
The 2017 class, which featured 1,000-point scorers McKinley Wright IV, D'Shawn Schwartz and Tyler Bey, as well as Battey, took a trip to Italy before their freshman seasons.