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How Do the Colorado Buffaloes Match Up With Rest of Pac-12?

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The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off of a season where they challenged for a Pac-12 title and managed to make the NCAA tournament. However, how will the Buffaloes match up with the rest of the conference in the 2013-14 college basketball season?

Despite the fact that Andre Roberson turned pro, Colorado is going to be stacked next year. The top two scorers will be back and Colorado will have one of the most complete teams in the conference, along with some experience, which is usually huge in college hoops.

With that said, the Arizona Wildcats will be good enough to challenge for a national championship. They will easily enter the season as the favorites to win a conference title. UCLA will not be too far behind them though.

If the Bruins disappoint once again,  Colorado could very easily finish in second place in the conference standings. They will have to get better in the rebounding department, since Roberson will no longer be on the team, but they will be one of the top teams in the conference regardless.

On paper, it is hard to say if they can challenge Arizona for a conference title, but Buffs did manage to beat the Wildcats one time last year.

Oregon, Stanford, California and Arizona State are also some teams to watch out for, but Colorado has more talent than all of those teams. However, we will just have to wait and see if Colorado will meet expectations, but a top three finish in the conference is looking very likely.

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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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