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KU hoops notebook: Jayhawks prepare for Colorado

The Kansas bench watches against Texas on January 22, 2011 in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas bench watches against Texas on January 22, 2011 in Allen Fieldhouse.

January 25, 2011

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Bye bye Boulder

CU’s shift from the Big 12 Conference to the Pac-10 next season will halt one of the strangest occurrences in sports: Jayhawk basketball fans’ migration to Coors Events Center for the annual KU-Colorado hoops game.

Year in and out, for as long as anybody can remember, up to half the fans in the 11,096-seat building have worn crimson and blue and cheered for KU during the CU-KU game in Boulder.

“It’s awesome. It helps us every time. When we see our fans there, it gets us extra pumped,” said KU senior Reed, who is 3-0 in Boulder. “Realizing how the Jayhawk nation travels, it’s pretty cool.”

The Jayhawks, who will be playing CU in Boulder for likely the final time — KU’s home-away-from-home game in Boulder has been a source of frustration for the Buffs — have won seven consecutive games at Coors Center, where Colorado owns an 11-0 record this season.

“I know, me being a Kansas kid, knowing there are a lot of people in Western Kansas, it’s easier for them to go to the game in Boulder than Lawrence,” Reed said.

“It’s nice having your fans there and having people root for you.”

Reed believes the KU presence helps the Jayhawks, but not sure sure it hurts the Buffs, who have dropped 15 in a row to KU and 42 of the last 43 meetings.

“They are playing on their homecourt, and they definitely have their fans there,” Reed said. “It’s nice being on the court seeing our fans travel so well.”

Boyle’s take

Former KU guard Tad Boyle, who played for both Ted Owens and Larry Brown at KU, is first-year coach of the Buffs.

“It's a different feeling. I’m not going to say it’s just another game because it’s not. But it’s not just another game for our players either, or our fans. I think everybody kind of circles KU,” Boyle said. “That’s why, from their standpoint, they get everybody’s best shot when they go on the road. Colorado’s no different. The fact that I went there and that’s where I played my college basketball, it’s a little different. What I ask and expect of our players is a business-like approach to every game. So if I’m expecting that of them, I have to take that approach myself, no matter what’s going on inside of me.”

Self on the Buffs

“Well, Burks is a pro, and Higgins probably will be a pro. I think they’re both really good. ... Certainly probably as good of wings as we have in our league. Tad’s done a great job with them.”

Comments

Zoee 3 years, 2 months ago

Want to know how I know KU is good? Posts like this from BABBOY. Haters always gotta hate on the powerhouses.

Good luck tonight boys! I'll be waiting to hear that rock chalk chant in Colorado. Oh wait, is that me exaggerating? HAHAHA!

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fabian_zimbabwe 3 years, 2 months ago

Heh, heh, heh...too true, stuck, too true. I just love how this notorious KSU troll tries to get a rise out of folks on here when his pointless rantings only serve to evoke a high degree of humor. Keep 'em coming, BABBOY...funny stuff!

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stuckinthemiddle 3 years, 2 months ago

chuckle

you know what annoys me?

nothing much these days...

I tend to just be humored...

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edjayhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

What team do you support? Obviously not KU.

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BABBOY 3 years, 2 months ago

Sometimes, Ku fans just flat out annoy me. The exaggerate everything. All fans exaggerate but Ku seems to have exaggerating to an art form.

Example 1: Winning an Orange Bowl once every 40 years does not make you an instant football power where you can fire your coach for no real reason and expect to hire a big name replacement. (The shock that they could only get Turner Gill still cracks me up almost as much as thinking one year equates to supper power in a sport)

More recent Example 2: Losing at home to Texas. The look on the faces of the fan. They really think they are entitled to win. No anger, just pure shock as in complete disbelief. The close calls against UCLA, USC, and NU combined with playing only one ranked team should have been a clue, but the KU faithful looked as if they had just seen the moon turn purple or something from the look of shock on their faces.

Example 3: KU press writer calling Ku fans from western Kansas invading a CU arena to watch a basketball game “one of the strangest occurrences in sports.” Bedford must have forgotten the entire 1970 and 1980s when NU and OU would turn both football stadiums at KSU and KU red because they would have more fans at the game than either KU or K-State.

Nothing strange about fans of powerhouse filling an opposing stadium that is close by when the opposing team is struggling. CU has been struggling in basketball for a long time and KU fans in Western Kansas take advantage of that to watch a game. How is that strange.

It will be more interesting to see what happens tonight in that CU is decent this year and they may not give up so many tickets, but Before missed that angle for the most part…..

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