Colorado To Meet Tennessee In Nashville Nov. 13

Colorado To Meet Tennessee In Nashville Nov. 13

Colorado To Meet Tennessee In Nashville Nov. 13


              BOULDER – The University of Colorado men’s basketball team will meet reigning SEC Tournament champion Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The contest completes a three-game series between the two teams that originally developed during the pandemic. Tennessee took the first two games of this series, 56-47 on Dec. 8, 2020, in Knoxville, and 69-54 on Dec. 4, 2021, in Boulder. The Vols have won all four series meetings between the two programs.

Colorado looks to continue to build on its recent success which has included four-straight 20-win seasons and a pair of Pac-12 Conference top-four finishes. 

The Buffaloes will have to replace their top three scorers from last season’s NIT team, but are confident in a young group led by 2022 All-Pac-12 Freshman team point guard KJ Simpson, junior guard Nique Clifford and junior forward Tristan da Silva. 

In addition, the Buffaloes bring in two All-Ivy League graduate transfers in Ethan Wright from Princeton and Jalen Gabbidon from Yale and junior college All-American guard J’Vonne Hadley from Indian Hills CC (Iowa).

Head coach Tad Boyle is entering his 13th season at Colorado, needing just eight wins to become the school’s all-time leader.

Tennessee upperclassmen Santiago Vescovi—a 2022 first-team All-SEC performer—Josiah-Jordan James, Olivier Nkamhoua and Uros Plavsic lead a group of seven returners from last season’s squad that also includes SEC All-Defensive Team selection Zakai Zeigler and rising sophomores Jonas Aidoo and Jahmai Mashack.

Tennessee’s returning contributors are complemented by five scholarship newcomers—transfer guard Tyreke Key along with highly-rated high school prospects Tobe Awaka, B.J. Edwards, D.J. Jefferson and McDonald’s All-American Julian Phillips.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m. MT through Ticketmaster. Game time and television will be announced at a later date.

Will Loughlin Named To NABC Honors Court


              BOULDER – Recent University of Colorado graduate Will Loughlin was named to the 2021-22 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The Honors Court recognizes junior, senior and graduate student players – from all levels of college men’s basketball – who finished the 2021-22 year with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Loughlin, a native of Seattle, graduated in May with his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He is a two-time member of the Pac-12 Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll (2020-21, ’21-22), a Chancellor’s Academic Scholarship recipient and Dean’s List honoree.

Loughlin played two seasons for the Buffaloes, joining the team as a walk on in the fall of 2020. He was awarded an athletic scholarship for the 2022 Spring semester and appeared in nine games in all, eight of which came during the final two months of the Pac-12 season.


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