Buffs Host Mavericks on Field Trip Day
BOULDER – The eighth-ranked Colorado Buffaloes are set to host UT Arlington for an AM tip-off at the CU Events Center. Tuesday's game is the team's Field Trip Day with school-aged kids set to be in attendance for the special 11 a.m. start.
"We are really excited to have the kids in the building for a game because I think our women's basketball players are incredible role models," head coach JR Payne expressed. "I think what they do on the court is really important for young people to see and to see it in person is really special because it's different than on TV. I'm excited for the young people in our community to get a chance to have a close-up view of what women's basketball looks like."
Colorado (8-1) fell one spot in this week's AP rankings to No. 8, despite putting together two decisive wins over Boston U and Air Force last week. Tuesday's game will conclude the first leg of CU's schedule with a 16-day break awaiting the Buffs after the game.
"I think it's similar to when you play your last game before Christmas," Payne noted. "You have a little break after that. We're just really focused on tomorrow and our preparation. We were off yesterday so when you only have one day to prep for a team it's really important to be ultra-hyper-focused. I think our team will do that."
The Buffs are no stranger to learning new scouts and learning them quickly this season. Tuesday will be CU's 10th game of the season, but just its fourth at the CU Events Center in a travel-packed start to the season.
"We've done a great job all year of being able to learn a scout really quickly and execute a scout on short notice," Payne continued. "I know our team will be really focused and be able to do that and just finish strong before this break."
The Buffs have been able to manage the workload well so far this season. 14 players got on the court Saturday at Air Force with nobody playing more than Kindyll Wetta's 28 minutes off the bench. Frida Formann, who totaled a game-high 23 points at AFA, logged the most minutes out of the starting five with 27.
"I do think that's a big benefit for us," Payne explained. "I got the data on their [work] load and what we've done actually says we need to pick it up a little bit because of the lack of minutes and a day off before. I think it's good for our bodies. We played a lot of games. We've traveled a lot of miles and I think for us to be able to be spread out those minutes really helps everybody to feel fresh and ready to play."
Colorado, which launched into the top 5 in the AP poll following its opening win over then No. 1 LSU to start the season has remained inside the top 10 for four consecutive weeks and has been phased by very little this season. That doesn't mean the team has been completely satisfied to this point.
"I think we feel confident, but I also we feel really hungry," Payne lamented. "We've won games. We've played really well in spurts. I think we're all a little frustrated with our lack of consistency and that we've played some great quarter or some great halves but we haven't put 40 minutes together. I think both coaches and players really want that."
Cory Lopez and Carol Callan will have the call across the Colorado Radio Network, the Varsity App and CUBuffs.com/Listen, starting with pregame coverage at 10:30 a.m.
The game will be streamed online at CUBuffs.com/WatchWBB.