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2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: Colorado Buffaloes

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Record: 21-11

RPI: 38

BPI: 39

Conference: Pac 12 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

 

The Colorado Buffaloes were the definition of a bubble team at the tail-end of the regular season. Thanks to a combination of losses to teams there were supposed to be good and became bad, as well as wins against apparent good teams that also became bad, it took a strong finish and a win in the first round of the Pac 12 Tournament to essentially give Colorado a pair of NCAA Tournament dancing slippers.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Spencer Dinwiddie (15.6 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Andre Roberson (11.3 rpg)

Leading Passer: Spencer Dinwiddie (3.0 apg)

Bad Losses: WashingtonUtah, Oregon State

Good Wins: CaliforniaArizonaOregon (twice)

 

Not too sure how pumped you should be about Colorado’s chances in the tourney. Most of their success will depend on how well doube-double machine Andre Roberson performs. Being that he is only 6-foot-7 and the competition for rebounds are going to much more fierce in the tournament, it is going to be hard for Roberson to be as successful on the boards as he was during the regular season.

A team that barely sneaked in from a power-conference? I smell an early exit for Colorado and it seems pretty obvious why. But at the end of the day it is so hard to determine what Buffaloes team is going to show up. It is teams like Colorado over performing in the big dance that messes everyone’s bracket anyway.

The Colorado Buffaloes are dancing!

 

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 8 Colorado vs No. 9 Pittsburgh





The Colorado Buffaloes were one of the dark horses for the National Championship early in the season, but an injury to Spencer Dinwiddie halted their dominating stretch of wins. Still managing to secure a No. 8 seed in the South region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Buffaloes will face the also inconsistent No.  9 seed Pittsburgh Panthers on March 20th in a game that features two of college basketball’s biggest wild cards.

Pittsburgh finished fifth in the ACC, but nearly beat the Virginia Cavaliers to advance to the ACC Tournament finals. When Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna are on, they are a potential Elite Eight team; when they’re off, Pitt wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the NIT. The Panthers have a tournament streak in them, but they have to get off to a confident start.

What to Watch For

Josh Scott is playing extremely well for Colorado; he leads the team in points per game and rebounds since Dinwiddie’s injury. However, the Buffaloes will not win unless someone else steps up. Pittsburgh is an all-around talented team that likes to share the ball; Colorado must disrupt that. Patterson and Zanna will be the least of the Buffaloes’ worries if Pitt gets into a groove early on.

Prediction:

Colorado just isn’t the National Title threat that they were earlier in the season after Dinwiddie’s injury. The Buffaloes are a good team, but don’t look cohesive anymore. On the other hand, Pittsburgh looks like they could be catching on at the right moment. Expect big things from the Panthers in the tournament.

Pittsburgh 70, Colorado 60

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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