Jan 5, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Fans attempt to distract the free throw of Oregon Ducks guard Dominic Artis (1) in the second half at Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Ducks 100-91. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - The biggest spotlight in college basketball outside of the NCAA Tournament will be in Boulder this weekend with ESPN's College GameDay taking over the Coors Events Center.
Colorado plays No. 4 Arizona at 7 p.m. in the Buffaloes home finale. But the day begins at 6 a.m. when doors to the arena open for fans to be a part of the show.
The GameDay crew will host its weekly two-hour show live from the Events Center starting at 8 a.m.; the first hour is on ESPNU and then moves to ESPN for the second hour. The Buffs' game will be on ESPN.
CU coach Tad Boyle said the national exposure is "another milestone" in the CU basketball program.
"What we're trying to build - a national brand name, a nationally recognized basketball program, year in and year out and sustained success ... it means a lot," Boyle said. "And with College GameDay picking Boulder, they could be in a lot of different places this weekend, but they picked Boulder. That's a huge statement by them and about our fans, and our student section and our team."
The Buffaloes (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12) have lost just once this season at home. Guard Askia Booker said having a full day with GameDay will go a long way to trying to create the energy needed to pull off the upset win over the Wildcats (24-2, 11-2).
"When the time comes, I think this place is going to be ridiculous," Booker said. "This place will be very loud. Arizona is going to be in for a rude introduction; they're going to be in for something they don't know."
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