Colorado Basketball Is For Real: The Buffs Are Back

Brittni MichaelisContributor IIJanuary 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Cory Higgins #11 of the Colorado Buffaloes moves the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half during the first round game of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After starting off the season with three tough losses against San Francisco, Georgia and Harvard, the Colorado men's basketball team has sure turned things around.

Currently sitting near the top of the Big 12 standings with a record of 13-4, the Buffaloes have a six-game winning streak, with two of those wins coming against No. 9 Missouri and No. 22 Kansas State. 

The Buffaloes play Oklahoma State this Saturday in Boulder at the Coors Events Center in what is sure to be close to a sellout crowd. The Buffs haven't had this much success in a very long time and everyone around Boulder is pretty excited about it.

Not only are the Buffaloes winning games at home, but they are picking up some "Ws" on the road as well. Last night, the Buffs took down the preseason Big 12 favorites, Kansas State, in Manhattan in what look like a hostile environment on TV.

So what caused the changed?

Well, for one, they have a new coach. Tad Boyle, who came to CU, from the University of Northern Colorado, has completely revitalized the program. His intensity, passion and endless pursuit for improvement have all played a part in the Buffaloes' success thus far.

Adding to the new coaches contributions are the players. Alec Burks, Cory Higgins, Levi Knutson, Marcus Relphorde and even true freshman Andre Roberson have stepped up to the challenge and are really playing well together. The team looks more aggressive, they are playing defense, they are taking better shots and are challenging each other to become better and more consistent players.

The biggest difference seen in this team is the confidence. For so long, the Colorado men's basketball team hasn't been taken seriously and could be consistently found in the bottom of the standings.  

This team looks like a completely different one from what we have seen in the past and, although I know it's still early and we are only two games into conference play, this Buffaloes team has come out firing and so far it looks like they aren't stopping any time soon.