The Colorado men’s basketball team is 1-7 in true road games.
That’s not good. But CU head coach Tad Boyle believes his team isn’t as bad on the road as the record indicates.
The Buffaloes will have a chance to prove that this week.
After turning in a pair of solid all-around performances during a home sweep of the Bay Area schools, the Buffs are expected to take Monday and Tuesday off before beginning preparations for Saturday’s Pac-12 Conference battle at Utah (8 p.m. MT, FS1).
Whatever hope the Buffs (14-11, 6-8 Pac-12) still harbor for playing their way into postseason contention will require elusive results on the road, beginning this week in Salt Lake City and continuing next week with a two-game trip through Arizona.
“To me, we’ve got one in a row. We’ve got Utah. That’s how I look at it,” Boyle said. “We’ve played decent on the road. It’s not like we’re getting blown out. But we’re not playing well enough to win. You’re never as good as you think you are when you’re winning. And you’re never as bad as you think you are when you’re not.
“I look at our road record and we’re not as bad as our road record would indicate. It is what it is. We’re not going to change it. But what we can change is trying to get over that hump, and it really gets down to getting stops and executing offensively. A combination of those two things and we can beat any team in this league.”
CU’s road record fails to take into consideration the Buffs’ top performance of the season, a 78-66 win against then-No. 11 Tennessee (now No. 6) on Nov. 13. That was played in what officially was a neutral floor in Nashville, although the largest crowd to see any Buffs game this season (12,482) was heavily partisan toward the Volunteers.
Since then, though, the Buffs have been a hard-luck bunch on the road. They lost by four points at Washington on Dec. 4 and at California on Dec. 31. CU lost by seven at USC, six at Oregon and eight at Oregon State. The Buffs also lost by 14 at UCLA, now ranked seventh, in a game CU led by nine midway through the second half.
In the past four road games, the Buffs have not scored more than 69 points as they look to pack their bags with the offense on display during Sunday’s home win against Stanford. CU scored a Pac-12-play-high 84 points and shot .527, their fourth-best mark overall this season and also the top mark in conference games.
Forward Tristan da Silva continued his recent tear with 25 points, becoming the first CU player in more than seven years to score at least 20 in five consecutive games. He also is the first player with at least 10 20-point games in a season since Derrick White recorded 15 in 2016-17.
“We’re going to do what we need. It depends on the player,” da Silva said. “We’re going to do what we do and then be ready once we get back on Wednesday.”
“I feel like at home we’ve kind of got that momentum. Obviously we’ve got the altitude advantage, too. But I feel like in games that we’ve played away, we’ve been there, but we couldn’t quite get over the hump.”
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