Raising Arizona?

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Arizona is up next for the Buffs.

But will Colorado’s opponent in the EA Sports Maui Invitational be awake for today’s game?

The Buffs played in the first game of the tournament on Monday, losing 76-72 to Gonzaga.

CU associate head coach Steve McClain and his staff didn’t find out who they would be playing next until Wisconsin escaped with a 65-61 victory over Arizona in the nightcap (Game 4) about nine hours later.

CU’s players were able to put their feet up and get some rest after a disappointing defeat. The Wildcats had to shower quickly and then try to sleep on their loss.

“We’re going to prepare,” first-year Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. “But on a quick turnaround it’s more about our team making sure we come ready to play.”

Just like Gonzaga, which fell behind by 15 points in the first half against CU, Arizona dug a deep hole before rallying against the Badgers.

It will be interesting to see how the Wildcats defend CU’s offense without much preparation. And if the Buffs have fresher legs.

About ryan

Ryan Thorburn has been a sports writer at the Camera since 2000. He covered the Denver Broncos beat for eight seasons (2000-2007). For the last six years Ryan has been covering the University of Colorado athletic department, including beat writing duties on men's basketball and column writing on football.
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