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Colorado will try to hand No. 3 Arizona its first loss of the season on the road Thursday night.
The Colorado Buffaloes have won three in a row, and they'll take their momentum on the road Thursday night against the undefeated and third-ranked Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Colorado (10-2 overall) has enjoyed comfortable victories over the Fresno State Bulldogs, Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and Hartford Hawks after falling to the Kansas Jayhawks on Dec. 8. Arizona will be the toughest test since that contest for the Buffaloes, who present a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures in points.
The Wildcats (12-0) survived an upset bid on Christmas Day, edging the San Diego State Aztecs, 68-67, to keep their unblemished record intact heading into conference play. Mark Lyons, a senior guard who transferred from Xavier, leads Arizona in scoring with 13.4 points per game.
In their last meeting a season ago, the Buffaloes upended the Wildcats in the Pac-12 tournament championship game, punching a ticket to the NCAA tournament as a result.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. MT in the McKale Center, and the game can be seen on ESPNU.