Only two of the eight teams playing at the Erwin Center are less than 1,000 miles away. Northwestern State, from Natchitoches, La., is 332 miles from Austin. Colorado, from Boulder, is 936 miles away.
There is no favorite-son team. But a safe bet would be that Colorado is the least favorite team. The Buffaloes bolted from the Big 12 for the Pac-12 after the 2011 season, and they weren't very popular around these parts to begin with.
Asked about the change from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, Colorado Coach Tad Boyle said, “We were excited about the move. It was bittersweet because we love the Big 12, and we had a lot of great history here.”
Not in Austin.
Colorado was 2-7 against Texas in the Erwin Center. The Buffaloes left town on their last visit with a 103-86 loss.
“We miss the Big 12,” Boyle said. “It’s good to be back in this country."
Miles to Austin for teams playing there this weekend:
Northwestern State: 332