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13 November, 2014 at 1:36 am in Computer
Two days before their season opener, Colorado men's basketball players didn't know much about their first opponent, Drexel.
The Buffaloes will go over scouting reports on Thursday morning and learn about the Dragons. More than anything, however, the Buffs were concerned about themselves and how they play on Friday night at Coors Events Center.
"We could play (No. 1-ranked) Kentucky tomorrow; it doesn't really matter," senior guard Askia Booker said. "As long as we come in here and we defend and rebound and push the ball down people's throats, especially in this altitude, we're going to do our job.
"It doesn't really matter who comes in this gym. We're going to be prepared and we're going to be ready."
For more than a month, the Buffs have been preparing, and they are eager to get on the court Friday to get the season underway.
"It's been a long month, so yeah, I think we're excited and ready Tiempo Legend V FG to play a basketball game," junior Hypervenom Phantom FG forward Josh Scott said. "I think everybody is just looking forward to being able to compete against other people and also be a part of a special environment."
Friday's game will be CU's first at home since a humbling 88-61 loss to Arizona on Feb. 22. The Buffs played their final seven games of last season on the road and can't wait to see the home fans again.
"I'm beyond excited," Booker said. "These fans are ridiculous. They're the best fans in the Pac-12."
Drexel (16-14 a year ago) lost a couple of key players from last year, but coach Tad Boyle is expecting the best from the Dragons.
Guard Damion Lee and forward Tavon Allen are two of the best players in the Colonial Athletic Association, and coach Bruiser Flint enters his 14th season with the school.
Drexel is 0-5 all-time against the Pac-12, but last year lost by just five at UCLA and led by as many as 17 points in a neutral-court loss to Arizona.
"I see a team that's extremely tough Messi soccer shoes mentally," Boyle said of Drexel. "Physically, they're a bunch of tough kids from Philadelphia and Baltimore. Their coach is a tough guy. Bruiser Flint has been around for a long time, and I have a lot of respect for him.
"I see a well-coached, tough basketball team. We have our hands full. This isn't your normal opener."
King ready for challenge
Last week, Boyle announced that sophomore guard George King will redshirt. It's an idea that has been kicked around since last season, King said, and ultimately, he decided it was best for his future.
"I would have seen the floor this Hypervenom Phantom year, but I think if I do sit this year it'll really benefit me next year," he said. "It was tough. Sometimes you just have to weather the storm. That's what I'm doing and I know it's going to pay off in the end."
Boyle said the Buffs have had "too many guys miss practice" in the past couple of weeks. Booker and sophomore Dustin Thomas are among those trying to regain their health, but Boyle said he believes everyone will be healthy by Friday. ... As of Wednesday, CU had about 500 tickets left for Friday's game. To purchase tickets, visit CUBuffs.com or call 303-49-BUFFS. ... The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Kansas transfer Conner Frankamp is expected to make a visit to CU as early as this week. A sophomore guard, Frankamp could be eligible to play by December 2015