Colorado is suddenly a hot ticket


Give it up for first-year Colorado coach Tad Boyle and his team.

The Buffaloes have managed to create a buzz about their program, winning 14 straight games at home going back to the previous season. They're on a seven-game streak this season, including consecutive takedowns of Missouri, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

Now they're able to feed off the energy they've generated in Boulder.

"Our fans are starting to get behind this team now," Boyle said after Saturday's win at at the Coors Events Center against a solid Oklahoma State team. "It is our team's responsibility to reward them with our effort that they deserve. One thing about Colorado fans, if you put out maximum effort and play your tails off, they like winning and this state is hungry for college basketball.

"You can sense it. You guys in the media are hungry for it, being something that is relevant in this state. That is something that we have a responsibility to provide."

Here's how Woody Paige described the game-day environment in the Denver Post:

Parking lots overflowed Saturday morning; students got out of bed and went to a game, not to a slope or a study hall, and customers accustomed to buying a ticket at the gate and sitting in the third row were turned away by ushers yelling: "It's a sellout!" Tickets were being scalped for $100. And, for once, almost everybody was dressed in gold and/or black.

When did CU suddenly become Duke?

In its final Big 12 season, Colorado is not a lollipop.

A Buffs home game had atmosphere and as much attitude as altitude.

The credit goes to Boyle, who managed to take a team of inherited players and fight on even after suffering road setbacks to San Francisco and Harvard in November.

With NBA prospects Cory Higgins and Alec Burks on the roster, a lot of things are possible for a program not accustomed to being relevant and for a school headed to the Pac-12 next season. Not to look too far ahead, but after games against Nebraska and Oklahoma, the Buffaloes get Kansas at home.

So after a nice stretch that seems to have turned around the way people perceive the program, there's plenty more for Colorado fans to look forward to this season.