Pac-12 Basketball: Colorado Buffaloes Auctioning off Walseth Basketball Court

Max RogersCorrespondent IJune 4, 2012

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Want to own a 60 foot by 112 foot piece of Pac-12 basketball? If you have $5,000 it could possibly be yours. The University of Colorado Boulder is auctioning off a basketball/volleyball court flooring through the site Higher Ed Surplus.

You can view the auction with pictures of the court by clicking here

According to the auction, the flooring was purchased in 1996 and has been sanded and stripped down once since it was purchased (in case any of you flooring aficionados were wondering). It is being sold as is, and the purchaser must pay for all removal cost. 

So far there have been no bids placed on the auction, which ends on June 15. CU sports information director Dave Plati (via Buffzone) stated the flooring is being auctioned because the university is not allowed to give it away due to NCAA rules. 

The court was dedicated to Colorado coach Russell “Sox” Walseth when it was named the “Sox Walseth Court” at the Coors Events Center in 1996. Walseth spent 38 years with the Buffs from his time as a player, coach and administrator, coaching both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  

Walseth held a 261-245 record at CU taking the Buffs to three NCAA tournaments. 

In their first year in the Pac-12, the CU Buffs men’s basketball team went 24-12 and finished fifth in the Pac-12 2011-12 regular season behind Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. The Buffs won the 2012 Pac-12 basketball tournament and beat AP ranked No. 23 UNLV in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament before losing to Baylor. 

The Buffs will lose some key players from last season including Carlon Brown, Nate Tomlinson and Austin Dufault. 

Colorado signed two 2012 ESPN 100 recruits this year: No. 38 Josh Scott and No. 68 Xavier Johnson. Fellow Pac-12 members, UCLA and Arizona, signed two of the top overall 2012 recruiting classes including the ESPN No. 2 recruit Shabazz Muhammad, ESPN No. 4 recruit Kaleb Tarczewski, ESPN No. 5 recruit Kyle Anderson and ESPN No. 9 recruit Grant Jerrett. 

What this influx of talent will mean for Pac-12 men’s basketball next season is still months away from knowing. It is however hard to imagine the conference not improving on its ninth overall RPI ranking from last season. 

What could you do with a Pac-12 college basketball court? I’m not really sure, but it would make for an amazing floor or tables at a sports bar if not purchased by a school to be reused for its original intended purpose.