There is no doubt that the crowd at Coors tonight will be ready to give it to the visiting Cowboys, but before the game they will observe a moment of silence.
A ceremony involving CU and and Oklahoma State officals will take place before the game while the teams are still in the locker room to honor the 10 members of the OSU basketball family that died in a plane crash two years ago.
The plane was one of three planes returning to Stillwater after a 81-71 loss to the Buffs. Three players on the team, Victor Williams, Melvin Sanders and Andre Williams, were on a different plane that horrible night.
While the tragedy should never be forgotten, the Buffs have a huge game on their hands. With Texas Tech losing to Kansas Monday, The Buffs need to only win tonight's game or Saturday's game against Nebraska to claim 6th place in the Big 12 conference.
But another home win against a ranked team (OSU enters at #20 in the AP / #18 in the coaches poll) should assure the Buffs an invitation to the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma State has lost six of their past nine games, but need a win tonight to keep pace with the Missouri Tigers. The teams are tied for forth place in the conference with 9-5 records.
The Buffs could set a record for the most consecutive wins at the Coors Event Center with 11 straight. The arena opened up in 1979.
If the Buffs are to win tonight, they will have to slow down the Cowboys triple-threat of point guard Victor Williams, and wings Tony Allen and Melvin Sanders. The three players are looked at as three of the best in the conference.
It should be a great atmosphere in Boulder tonight.
Sports Ticker Preview:
BOULDER, Colorado (Ticker) -- Colorado seeks to remain unbeaten at home in Big 12 Conference play on Wednesday night when it welcomes No. 18 Oklahoma State to the Coors Event Center.
Colorado (17-10, 7-7 Big 12) has won 10 straight at home, including its first six in Big 12 play. The Buffaloes are in good position to earn an NCAA Tournament berth if they can win their final two regular-season games against Oklahoma State and Nebraska.
The Buffaloes finally broke through and snapped a seven-game road skid with Saturday's 72-59 victory at Baylor. Stephane Pelle scored 22 points and Michel Morandais added 22 for Colorado, which held a 46-14 advantage in points in the paint.
Seven-foot sophomore center David Harrison, who has announced that he will return to school, is averaging 13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Morandais is averaging 18.0 points per game.
Colorado is 12-1 at home overall.
Oklahoma State (20-7, 9-5) lost for the sixth time in nine games with Saturday's 79-61 defeat at Kansas. Tony Allen scored 21 points and Victor Williams added 18 for the Cowboys, who shot only 36.5 percent.
The Cowboys have struggled on the road after winning their first four true road games. Oklahoma State is just 1-4 in its last five on the road.
Oklahoma State has won 14 of the last 18 meetings with Colorado. including a 64-55 home victory last season.