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Monday, January 9,2012

Buffs handle Cougars to finish homestand

By Matt Sparkman

Tad Boyle gave a wry smile when reminded of where the media picked the Buffs to finish in the Pac-12 after his Buffs defeated Washington State 71-60 at the Coors Events Center.

Colorado presently sits alone atop the Pac-12 standings at 3-0 in the conference, but Boyle and his Buffs haven’t forgotten the media picked them to finish 11th, second to last in the league.

“That is kind of a slap in the face,” said guard Nate Tomlinson of the preseason prediction. “[Guard] Carlon [Brown] and the seniors, the real core group of this team, took that pretty personally. We feel like we belong in this league and that we are here to stay.”

However, nobody is ready to anoint the Buffs the king of the Pac-12. All three of CU’s conference games have been held within the friendly confines of the Coors Events Center. But CU has played the type of defense to allow them to compete for the top spot in the Pac-12.

The Buffs lead the conference in points allowed per game and field goal percentage defense, areas where Colorado has struggled in the past few years.

Next up for the Buffaloes is a trip to the Bay Area, playing California on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday.

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