Do the Colorado Buffaloes Have the Capability to Make Another Pac-12 Tournament Run?

By Paul Seaver
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At 19-9 overall and 9-7 within the Pac-12 Conference, the Colorado Buffaloes have positioned themselves in a unique spot as the regular season winds down.

Last year at this time, the Buffs were all but done until they made a run within the conference tournament and earned a spot within the NCAA Tournament. They actually made the most out of their appearance, knocking off UNLV in the Round of 64.

Fast forward to 2013, the Buffaloes do appear headed to the Big Dance, barring any horrendous collapse down the stretch of course. In fact, ESPN‘s Joe Lunardi has Colorado as a No. 9 seed in his latest Bracketology. So, basically the Buffaloes can take care of business down the stretch here and set their sights on yet another NCAA Tournament appearance. However, don’t expect head coach Tad Boyle to be satisfied with that.

The Buffaloes will close out the final week of regular season action at home as both Oregon and Oregon State come to town. If Colorado can protect its home court and gain some momentum heading into the conference tournament, then watch out.

It’s not just a potential case of Deja Vu either.

Earlier in the year, Colorado made a run to win the Charleston Classic, winning three games in three days to claim the early-season tournament title. This Buffaloes’ team simply appears to play well in a shorter stretches with less travel and in a time where one run is all that it takes. That simple fact could bode well for Colorado as March kicks into full gear.

In addition, there is no denying their talent level either. Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker lead the charge offensively, while Andre Roberson continues to provide double-double potential.

If we’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s don’t take Colorado lightly at this point in the year.


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