KNOXVILLE – Head coach JR Payne and her Colorado Buffaloes journey to No. 23 Tennessee for a Black Friday showdown at Thomas-Boling Area.
Colorado (4-1) will likely be making its first journey to Knoxville since Dec. 20, 1993. The Buffaloes and Girl Vols have met on 4 earlier events, the final coming being in Iowa Metropolis, Iowa, within the 1997 NCAA Match.
The Buffs are not any stranger to the massive stage, taking part in in hostile arenas all through the Pac-12. The lore of Tennessee ladies’s basketball can’t be denied, however Colorado has constructed a popularity within the final couple of seasons of not being afraid of anyone.
“It is thrilling to go play one other staff on a historic flooring,” Payne defined. “Tennessee has that glory and historical past and that’s thrilling for us. We are the staff that is not afraid of anyone. We play actually nice groups in our league each single evening and I believe we see Tennessee as one other actually nice staff just like the Stanford’s and the Oregon’s. We’re simply excited to get a possibility to play somebody like that this early within the season.”
Colorado will use the Thanksgiving vacation as one other alternative to develop tighter as a unit. The Buffs have been collectively ever because the staff’s journey to Spain in August.
“I believe our staff is of course very shut,” Payne mentioned of spending the vacation collectively. “Spain sort of kickstarted all that. We’re excited to all be collectively. We have achieved some various things all through November to remind us of what we’re grateful for. I believe we’re a very tight-knit group and it type of is smart for us to be collectively on Thanksgiving.”
The Buffs battled again from eight down towards Air Drive to earn a 71-63 win final Saturday. The Buffs have been capable of outlast the Falcons regardless of a season-low in made discipline targets (23) and matching their season-high in turnovers (20).
“I do not suppose we improved [from Texas Tech] towards Air Drive,” Payne famous. “We simply did not have a variety of movement. I do not know if it was as a result of journey, having been on the street after which taking part in instantly. However I did not suppose we performed significantly nicely. We’re seeking to play higher subsequent time round.”
Tennessee (2-4) began the season ranked No. 5 within the nation, however has had losses to Ohio State, Indiana, UCLA and Gonzaga to begin the yr. The Girl Vols are coming off a stretch of three video games in three days, taking part in on the Dangerous Boy Mowers Ladies’s Battle 4 Atlantis. Rickea Jackson leads UT with 17.7 factors per sport.
Friday’s sport will likely be carried on the SEC Community (5 p.m. MT). Courtney Lyle and Steffi Sorensen could have the decision. Cory Lopez will likely be reside with pregame protection beginning at 4:30 MT on the Colorado Radio Community.