The fourth season of the Tad Boyle coaching era at Colorado could be the most rewarding if the Buffs handle what appears to be the toughest schedule the program has taken on in years.

CU recently added the final nonconference game it needed to complete the schedule by agreeing to a home-and-home series with Georgia. The Buffs will host this season's game on a date to be determined.

In addition to hosting the Bulldogs, CU will also welcome preseason Final Four favorite Kansas to town, and the Buffs host Harvard, UC-Santa Barbara and Wyoming in other tough nonconference home games.

"Our preseason schedule is as strong as it's ever been," Boyle said. "There are not a lot of patsies on our nonconference schedule. Every game is a losable game if we don't bring it.

"So that should excite our fans. It should excite our players. It better excite our players. I know as a coach it gets me thinking a little bit more in the offseason about what's ahead of us."

The Buffs lost several key parts of last season's NCAA tournament team that won 21 games, most notably forward Andre Roberson, who was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the NBA draft and ultimately traded to Oklahoma City.

Sabatino Chen, Shane Harris-Tunks and Jeremy Adams also won't be back. But Boyle will have junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who is expected to be a first-round choice in next year's NBA draft if he decides to leave school early.

Dinwiddie, backcourt mate Askia Booker, center Josh Scott, forward Xavier Johnson are expected to form the core of this season's team with other first-year players likely to emerge and contributors.

The Buffs will tipoff the season in Dallas on Nov. 8 against old Big 12 Conference rival Baylor in a neutral court game in the Global Sports Tipoff. CU will face another former Big 12 rival when it plays Oklahoma State in December in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Classic.

Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State are likely to be the three highest ranked teams from the Big 12 this season.

Boyle's program has not announced its schedule yet because it is finalizing dates and times and working in conjunction with the women's basketball and volleyball programs to make sure no events are mistakenly scheduled for the same time here in Boulder.

The Buffs will host UT-Martin, Arkansas State and Jacksonville State along with the Wyoming game as part of a Global Sports Main Event round robin Nov. 8-22.

The Pac-12 Conference and CU have not released the conference portion of the Buffs' schedule, but several other programs in the conference have released their conference schedules. Based on a reports by media covering the California program, CU and Utah are expected to finish the regular season in early March on the road in the Bay Area against Cal and Stanford.

The Buffs will be trying to win 20 games in a season and advance to the postseason for the fourth straight year. Achieving both of those milestones for a third year in a row last season was a first for the Buffs.

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