October 3, 2013
Former Buffs important to Boyle
BOULDER, Colo. - Ever since Colorado head coach Tad Boyle got things rolling in his first season, crowds began filing into the Coors Event Center at a record pace. What was once an empty, cavernous arena, had been turned into legitimate home court advantage.
When the freshmen class of Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker made it to town, those crowds had become the norm on game nights. Boyle had to remind his younger Buffs of days past, when playing in front of crowds of less than 5,000 people wasn't out of the ordinary.
Who he didn't need to remind were the upperclassmen like Nate Tomlinson and Austin Dufault, both of whom started their college careers at CU in front of an average attendance of just 4,637 people.
Boyle owed no explanation to Sabatino Chen, whose first season at Denver was played in front of just 2,128 people per game.
All three, however, were apart of the Colorado program's transformation. All three are Buffs, which is why Chen's appearance at Colorado's practice on Tuesday morning was so important, at least in Boyle's eyes.
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