8. Colorado Buffaloes (8-1) LW: 10
After being picked to finish in the middle of the pack at No. 7, the Colorado Buffaloes have proven to be a worthy dark horse in Pac-12 play evident in their 8-1 start.
It was only a year ago that the Buffaloes were stumbling through non-conference play with a 9-5 record, which was merely a precursor for the team’s 8-10 conference play record.
This season seems to be off to a much more positive start as the team’s only loss in the first eight games came to San Diego in a tightly contested 70-64 loss. The loss came on the road, which has become a sort of Achilles heel for Colorado.
In the past two seasons combined, the Buffaloes have an 18-3 record at home, but on the flipside, they have a 2-11 record on the road during that time span. While the split in the record may be hard to pinpoint, what is causing the team’s early success is not.
An offense built around team ball has propelled Colorado early on as seven players on the roster average at least five points a game with a trio averaging double-digits in scoring.
The trio is comprised of a pair of sophomores in McKinley Wright IV, who leads the team in scoring and assists at 15 and six respectively, Tyler Bey who leads the team in rebounding at almost nine per game, and junior Lucas Siewart who averages 12 points per game.
The team’s homecourt advantage will be postponed until Pac-12 play as the team will head to Hawaii for a three-game tournament before beginning conference play in Arizona against U of A and ASU.