Buffs fans react to Colorado’s historic season coming to an end

The 2023-24 Colorado Buffaloes won a school-record 26 games, but their historic season came to an end against Marquette in the Round of 32.

Colorado Buffaloes guard KJ Simpson (2)
Colorado Buffaloes guard KJ Simpson (2) / Joe Timmerman/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Before this year, Colorado men’s basketball had never won 25 games in a season. Now the Buff’s record is 26 wins after head coach Tad Boyle led KJ Simpson, Tristan da Silva, and Eddie Lampkin Jr. to a historic season, but the run came to an end in the Round of 32. 

Colorado got win No. 26 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a heroic last-second shot from Simpson. In the Round of 32, the junior guard stayed hot with 32 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, but it came in an 81-77 loss to Marquette. Still, Colorado fans celebrated Simpson and the team’s historic season, and that includes the team’s head coach. 

Most CU fans are desperate for KJ Simpson to stay and for Boyle to keep the core together in Boulder for next season. However, Simpson, da Silva, and freshman Cody Williams could all be heading to the NBA. 

Three potential NBA draft picks would be a great sign for the health of the program but would hurt the team next season. 

However, most fans aren’t getting ahead of themselves. This was the best team the Buffs have had in a long time, and while the run ended before getting the Sweet 16, two NCAA Tournament wins are still remarkable. Fans won’t forget them. 

Now, most CU Buffs fans have turned their attention to the women’s basketball team who is in the fourth quarter of a battle with Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament. 

If the women can advance to the Sweet 16, then Colorado fans will have their day salvaged after a gutting loss on the men’s side.