January 2, 2013
Colorado basketball searching for rival
BOULDER, Colo. - Rivalries in college sports are a part of the basic framework that defines a season. From the Big Game to the Iron Bowl, fan bases rally through thick and thin in hopes of securing the type of win that could make a losing season bearable and a title run even more sweet.
So what does Colorado do?
The Buffaloes lost their most bitter rival when they ditched Nebraska and the Big 12 to join the Pac-12, securing their financial future and aligning the athletic department with a large west coast alumni base.
That rivalry came about by way of Bill McCartney targeting the Huskers due to their dominance and excellence in the college football world.
On the hardwood, the only marquee game on the yearly schedule was a visit from perennial powerhouse Kansas. Jayhawk fans would often fill the Coors Event Center, dubbing it "Allen Fieldhouse West". But the Buffaloes would rarely compete, let alone beat their visitors from one state over.
For Tad Boyle and the Buffs basketball program, finding that red-letter game in their new conference has yet to happen.
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