In the spring of 2010, following a three-year stint as an assistant at Colorado under head coach Jeff Bzdelik, Steve McClain was one of the finalists to take over the CU men’s basketball program when Bzdelik left for Wake Forest.
Instead, former Buffaloes athletic director Mike Bohn turned to the Colorado native doing great things at Northern Colorado, and before long new coach Tad Boyle was taking the CU program to new heights.
McClain finally will return to the CU Events Center Saturday, as he leads his Illinois-Chicago team into a nonconference battle that will mark the Buffs’ final home game for a month.
“I wouldn’t say that I know him well, but I do know Steve,” Boyle said. “He’s been around a long time and coached at a lot of different places. This is an opportunity for him, it’s an opportunity for his players. But it’s also an opportunity for us. We have to make sure that we’ve got our edge ready to play.”
McClain’s return to Boulder is shaping up to be another high-scoring affair for the Buffaloes. CU is averaging 85.3 points per game. In the four games since a 70-64 loss at San Diego a little more than two weeks ago, all victories, that average is a touch higher at 88.5 points per game.
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