CU’s basketball teams were predicted to finish tied for 10th [men’s media poll] and 11th [women’s coaches poll] in their first seasons in the Pac-12. But the Buffs weren’t falling into line at the beginning of conference play. The men started Pac-12 action 8-3, while the women were 4-6.
The women’s squad, in its second season under head coach Linda Lappe (Mktg’02), matched the second-longest win streak to start a season in program history. In going 12-0 to wrap up the 2011 portion of the schedule, the only faster start for a CU women’s hoops team was a 15-0 run in 1992-93. The Buffs also went 12-0 in 1980-81.
Perhaps getting out of the blocks so fast was a reaction to the Pac-12 coaches’ low preseason expectations for the Buffs.
Meanwhile, the men’s team started conference play 3-0 for the second straight year — the first time that has happened in almost 50 years. And in consecutive games, the Buffs held teams to 34 and 33 points — the fewest by Buffs’ opponents since the 1940s. All that happened despite CU losing its top four scorers after the 2010-11 season.
And the future looks bright for both basketball teams as they each signed recruiting classes that ranked among the top 25 in the nation.
|Former CU football standout Bobby Anderson (A&S ex’69), who led Boulder High School to the 1963 state title, was inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in January. Anderson is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Big Eight Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.|
|The CU golf teams’ new indoor practice facility — all 5,700 square feet of it — was scheduled to be completed in late February at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie. The building will bear the name of George Boedecker Jr., a founder of the Crocs shoe company and a key supporter of CU athletics.|