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Colorado Buffaloes Taking Advantage of being a former Big 12 Member

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Have you ever wanted to just wig-out on an employer when you know your time there was short? Like, if you planned on quitting or knew you were going to be fired, so in turn you decided to make sure to humiliate every coworker you hate, yell at your boss about his habit of eating his earwax or any number of other awesome, albeit ill-advised, ideas?

Yes, those are awesome things that every employee wish they can do — and feel like it is their duty to do — when their time at a company has come to an end. So um … please refrain from doing so. You never know when you might need to cross that bridge again — so burning it will only help propel your life to the road less traveled.

And when I say less traveled, I mean it because nobody wants to walk it.

Thankfully for the Colorado Buffaloes, they didn’t burn any bridges when they left the Big 12 for the Pac 12. Now, well, they are using their old bridge to help make a new, strong non-conference schedule.

Thanks to the amicable split, Colorado has been able to secure the Kasnas Jayhawks as well as the Oklahoma State Cowboys on their schedule. Those are not only two quality opponents, but helps keep the allure of Colorado hoops’ relevancy alive.

It will also help put a national spotlight on a Colorado team most think will be very competitive and will likely live in the top-25 next season.

Next time you are quitting your job, just tell your boss thanks for the opportunity — he will get his when he hires your replacement at a cheaper rate.

 

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports and never heeds his own advice. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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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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