Pac-12 Networks' Kevin O'Neill chats with Josh Fortune after Colorado's 76-68 victory over Eastern Washington on Thursday in Boulder.
Over the next seven weeks, championship contenders will begin to separate themselves from the pack. The 23rd-ranked Colorado Buffaloes would like to be one of those teams when the dust settles and conference tournament play begins.
Minutes after Colorado had absorbed a 75-54 loss to Arizona on Saturday, Tad Boyle's message to his Buffaloes was clear: The teams that improve down the stretch — the teams that get better each week — will be the teams who are contending for the Pac-12 title in late February and early March.
Colorado's hopes for a road trip sweep in the desert came crashing down Saturday, as the Buffaloes dropped a 75-54 decision to Arizona at the McKale Center.
If you missed the Colorado Buffaloes' 68-61 win at Arizona State on Thursday night, you missed one of the grittier efforts of the Tad Boyle era.
Coaches love to say defense travels. Tad Boyle's Colorado Buffaloes backed that saying up Thursday night by throttling Arizona State in the second half to collect a 68-61 win over the Sun Devils at Desert Financial Arena.