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Colorado basketball: Expectations for Buffaloes 'a little out of whack,' says Tad Boyle

After a strong finish to the 2011-12 season, the expectations for a strong Colorado team in the 2012-13 season have gone too far, according to Tad Boyle.

Ronald Martinez

The 2011-12 Colorado Buffaloes basketball team finished their season with a Cinderella-type run through the Pac-12 Tournament and an upset over UNLV in the NCAA Tournament. With many of that team's top contributors returning for the 2012-13 season, Buffs fans are understandably excited, but head coach Tad Boyle says everyone should pump the brakes a bit:

"Let me say this, the expectations of this team are far ahead of where the team is," Boyle warned during Thursday's basketball media day at the Coors Events Center. "They are a little out of whack right now."

Colorado will have two very strong players returning with Andre Roberson and Spencer Dinwiddie back for their junior and sophomore seasons, respectively. However, those will have to make up for the loss of the team's leading scorer, Carlon Brown, and third leading scorer, Austin Dufault.

The Buffaloes will begin their season with a non-conference schedule that could prove very difficult, as they'll face teams like Kansas, Colorado State and Air Force. There's also a chance that they could have a rematch with Baylor, the team that knocked CU out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the second round.