Jayhawks to Face Buffaloes Tuesday in Boulder


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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 7/7 Kansas (9-1) will play at former conference foe Colorado (9-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. (Central) at the CU Events Center. ESPN2 will televise the contest.

Kansas has won five straight games after its 80-72 win versus Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18. Colorado has won three consecutive games after its 60-46 win against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 18. CU is coached by former Kansas forward Tad Boyle.

Kansas leads the Big 12 in scoring offense (85.8 ppg), which is eighth nationally, field goal percentage (51.9%, third nationally), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5, 20th nationally) and three-point field goal percentage (37.6, 38th).

Colorado is 9-3 overall after its 60-46 win against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 18. The Buffaloes are 1-1 in Pac-12 play this season. CU is coached by former Kansas forward Tad Boyle, who is 242-146 in his 12th season at Colorado. Boyle played at Kansas from 1982-85 for coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown.

This series between Kansas and Colorado dates back to 1931 and KU leads 124-40. Kansas has won 20 of the last 21 meetings, including the last matchup, a Kansas 72-58 win on Dec. 7, 2019, in Lawrence. Colorado’s 75-72 win on Dec. 7, 2013, in Boulder ended a Kansas 19-straight game win streak against CU. Kansas has won 47 of the last 49 meetings with CU dating back to 1991. KU is 40-27 against Colorado in Boulder meetings, 25-8 in the CU Events Center.

As conference members – Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 – Kansas was 116-35 against Colorado, which included 21 meetings in the Big Seven/Eight Holiday Tournament and postseason conference play. As members of the Big 12, Kansas was 31-1 against Colorado – 29-1 in regular-season play and 2-0 in the league tournament. In the Bill Self-era, Kansas is 19-1 against Colorado. Colorado coach Tad Boyle is 1-5 against Kansas.

Kansas will next host Ivy League foe Harvard on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. (Central) in historic Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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