Colorado Buffaloes Men’s Basketball Team of the Last Decade

Colorado Buffaloes Men’s Basketball Team of the Last Decade
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Few would argue the current iteration of Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball is one of the most successful in school history, with four NCAA Tournament berths in the last decade after making the field three times between 2000 and 2014.

Much of that success is due to the coaching of Tad Boyle, who is 298-183 (.620) in 14 seasons in Boulder, standing atop the school’s all-time record book when it comes to career wins and tournament appearances (six).

During Boyle’s run, CU has had its share of great players, including Pac-12 first team members Josh Scott (2014 and 2016), McKinley Wright IV (2019 and 2020) and Tyler Bey (2019).

Utilizing, veered slightly from our Colorado sports betting coverage and picked the Colorado Buffaloes Men’s Basketball team of the past decade (2014-15 to 2023-24). The players included had to have played for the Buffaloes during this period and were based on a combination of Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares during their years with the team.

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Colorado Buffaloes Men's Basketball Team of Last Decade: 2014-2024

PositionPlayerYears With Team During DecadeCombined PER & WS
GuardMcKinley Wright IV2017-202139.1
GuardKJ Simpson2021-202432.4
GuardTyler Bey2017-202035.2
ForwardEvan Battey2018-202232.3
ForwardJosh Scott2014-201638.9

Colorado sports betting apps list Kansas and Duke as the favorites for next year’s national championship at +1100 odds.

Who Made CU’s All-Decade Team?

The top player when it came to combined PER and WS totals between 2014 and 2024 at CU was Wright, at 39.1, while Scott (38.9), Bey (35.2), guard KJ Simpson (32.4 between 2021 and 2024) and forward Evan Battey (32.3 between 2018 and 2022) rounded out the starting five.

Of the five, only Simpson played for CU this past season. He averaged 19.7 points per game and posted a PER figure of 24.8 and 7.2 win shares across 37 games for the Buffs’ as they reached the Round of 32 for the first time since 2021.

Luckily for CU fans, a return to the Big 12 in 2024 coincides with the Buffs’ 22nd-ranked recruiting class in the nation, per 247 Sports, which should bolster their transition from the basketball apathetic Pac-12 to what many claim is the best basketball conference in the country.

Of the 16 teams in the expanded Big 12, CU’s 2024 recruiting class ranks sixth overall, behind fellow Pac-12 expat Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, TCU and Arizona State. BetMGM Colorado lists the Buffs title odds at +12500, tied with new conference foes TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State.



Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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