BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – University of Colorado basketball fans have every reason to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

The Buffs recent success has fans excited. Tad Boyle loves the enthusiasm his team has generated, but he also knows that last season’s performance doesn’t guarantee success this year.

Last year was magical for the Buffs. They won 24 games, captured the Pac-12 tournament title, and won a game in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997. Fans can’t wait to see what CU does for an encore.

Boyle isn’t as optimistic.

“The expectations of this team are far ahead of where the team is,” Boyle said. “They’re are little out of whack right now.”

One of the reasons why expectations are sky high is the arrival of six very talented freshman. Josh Scott from Colorado Springs headlines the highest rated recruiting class ever to play in Boulder.

Boyle has seen flashes of that talent already, but he knows there is no substitute for experience.

“Our young guys have no idea what they’re in for in terms as what this season, this conference holds in store for them,” Boyle said. “That’s not to scare them. They’re not scared, that’s a good thing, but they’ve got to stay humble and they’ve got to stay hungry.”

“He’s made it very clear that it’s not about being young,” Scott said. “It’s about trying to win this year. So I think that’s all in our heads We’re not trying to make an excuse that we’re young — we have six or seven new guys — we’re just trying to go out and win.

“Our goal is always to make the NCAA tournament. That’s our standard now and we just want to start fast and play well,” guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. “We have chance to make the NCAA tournament and we have a chance to be one of top teams in our conference.”

Boyle doesn’t think his team isn’t capable of winning the Pac-12 this season. He just knows there is a need for a lot of improvement to be made between now and March.

“The future is bright and we all want the future to be now, but it’s going to take some time and there’s going to need to be some patience involved,” Boyle said.


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