Did we not learn anything from the Colorado Buffaloes a season ago?
A miracle run within the Pac-12 Conference tournament landed the Buffaloes within the NCAA Tournament and with still three weeks remaining this season, there should be no dismissing of Colorado as a viable threat within the league.
At 17-7 overall and 7-5 within the Pac-12, Colorado has taken some tough hits after surging into the AP Top 25 early on in the year. However, a Thursday night victory over Arizona has automatically boosted their resume and more importantly, inserted them back within the conference race. In fact, the Buffaloes are only two games out of first place with three weeks still to play in the regular season.
Spencer Dinwiddie continues to lead the charge for head coach Tad Boyle and the Buffaloes. A balanced attack that has already shown its ability to come away with key victories is enough to warrant the danger that they can provide come March.
No, Colorado isn’t going to wow anybody, and it’s unclear right now just how much of a run they can make once the bracket is released. In fact, they aren’t even a lock for the Big Dance at this point in the season. However, with last year serving as an indication, Colorado has the ability to peak late in the year and that’s exactly what it appears like right now.
The Buffaloes’ victory on Thursday night marked their third consecutive conference win and sixth overall in the past seven games. Back-to-back home games against both Arizona State and Utah position the Buffs with the opportunity to make even more noise within the conference and keep their surging pressure on those who are above them.
Tip-off against the Sun Devils this Saturday is scheduled for 9:00pm (EST).
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