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    Buffs fan tearin' it up in the Coors Events Center in 2012.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Colorado Daily

    University of Colorado student section sends good vibes to the CU men's basketball team in 2013. Hey, look! That's the Colorado Daily there.

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End of the college football season got you down?

Never fear. The Buffs also represent in a bunch of spring semester sports, like basketball, track and field and skiing.

When the weather gets nice (and even when it’s still snowing), the Buffs need a cheering section, so don’t put away your black and gold just yet. Check out these sports to watch for this spring.

Basketball

The men’s basketball team finished last season with a 23-12 record, and made it to the “Big Dance,” or NCAA tournament, for the third straight year. Not bad for their third season in the Pac-12 conference, and head coach Tad Boyle hopes to improve on last season.

The women finished last season with a 19-15 record. This year, Pac-12 coaches picked them to finish 10th in the conference, but being underdogs won’t stop the CU women’s basketball team, players said at the start of the season, and you can help.

The C-Unit, CU’s loud and vivacious student section, shows up to all basketball games with pride. Join them by wearing ridiculous amounts of black and gold apparel, and body paint. Lots and lots of body paint.

There’s also usually a guy wearing a banana suit. You get the idea.

Here’s how to join your fellow Buffs in the C-Unit:

Step one: Obtain black and gold paint, apply liberally to body.

Step two: Cover any other body parts with Buffs apparel.

Step three: Locate other similarly dressed people in the crowd.

Step four: Stand next to them, cheer loudly, jump up and down and sometimes hold a photo of a giant, floating head of a player above your head.

Skiing

After winning a national title in 2013, CU’s ski team finished 4th last year at the NCAA Championships.

The university boasts 51 Olympians, 86 individual national champions, and seven team championships under current head coach Richard Rokos.

The team practices mainly at Boulder County’s own Eldora Mountain Resort, so the next time you’re shredding some gnar up there, wave hello to the folks in black and gold while they dominate the slopes.

This year the NCAA Championships are being held in Lake Placid, N.Y., in the Adirondack Mountains March 11-14, so keep an eye out for Buffs on the national stage later this semester.

Track and field

Ever heard of Emma Coburn? Kara Goucher? Jenny Simpson?

They’re all professional runners and CU alums. So, yeah, basically, Buffs can run. But you didn’t need us to tell you that. Have you ever seen Ralphie bolt out from behind the gate at football games?

CU has a whole grab bag full of national champions in track and field. Most recently, the campus has dominated in steeplechase, with individual champions in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013—just to name a few.

You can watch a whole bunch of speedy CU runners during the track and field season this spring. There are a couple of chances for you to catch some meets nearby.

If you’re up for a quick trip, head to Golden on Feb. 6 for the Colorado-Mines Twilight meet. You can see the Buffs in Boulder on March 20-21 at the Jerry Quiller Classic and again April 10-11 at the Colorado Invitational.

Follow Sarah Kuta: twitter.com/sarahkuta

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