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June 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

The Pac-10 Isn’t Getting a Basketball Powerhouse in Buffs

In the wake of today’s big news, it seems prudent to take a quick assessment of what the Pac-10 is getting in Colorado.
In terms of basketball, not very much. CU’s program began in the 1901-02 season and doesn’t have what you would call a storied history on the hardcourt.
The Buffaloes have made 10 NCAA tournament appearances, but just two since 1969. Their last time in the tournament was 2003 and they have a 9-12 tourney record.
Colorado has advanced past the second round just once when the Buffs finished third in 1955. They also finished third in 1946.
CU also has eight NIT appearances, posting an 8-7 record.
Colorado last won a conference title in 1969 when it claimed the Big 8 crown. CU has won eight conference titles, Big 8 (1962, ’63 and ’69), Big 7 (1955) and Mountain State conference (1938, ’39, ’40, ’42).
The Buffaloes last winning record was in 2005-06 when they posted a 20-10 mark. The school has had just three 20-win seasons since 1969.
Last year, Colorado posted a 15-16 record, 6-10 in the Big 12.
In April coach Tad Boyle replaced former Jeff Bzdelik , who left to take the Wake Forest job.
Colorado’s most notable alumni is five-time NBA All-Star guard Chauncey Billups, (above, left) who was a standout with the Buffaloes from 1995-97.
Colorado plays at Coors Events Center, an 11,064-seat multi-purpose arena that opened in 1979 on the Boulder main campus.
The Buffs were recently docked a scholarship for the 2009-10 season because of a poor score on the Academic Progress Rates, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation rates of athletes over a four-year period. The latest APR results released Wednesday and covered 2005-06 to 2008-09.
— Kansas coach Bill Self reacts to the news of Colorado leaving the Big 12.
— The NCAA hit the USC football team hard with penalties that includes bowl bans in 2010 and ’11 as well as scholarship reductions. During a four-year investigation, the NCAA deemed the Trojans operated with a “lack of institutional control” concerning the football, men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs.
Last year USC self-imposed penalties, which included a postseason ban for the 2009-10 season, on its men’s basketball program for violations involving former player O.J. Mayo and former coach Tim Floyd. In addition to the postseason ban, USC reduced its scholarship limit from 13 to 12 for 2009-10 and 2010-11 and limited its recruiting ability for the upcoming season, forfeiting 20 days, from 130 to 110 for the upcoming season and reducing its total number of coaches allowed to recruit from three to two.
The NCAA did not add to that penalty, however, USC’s entire athletic program was placed on four years probation.
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