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Colorado Buffaloes Could Be Arizona Wildcats’ Toughest Opponent In Pac-12

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The Arizona Wildcats will be the favorites to win the Pac-12 in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, the Colorado Buffaloes may be their toughest opponent in the conference.

Arizona will be stacked with talent. If it meets expectations, it should easily win the conference title and make a deep run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will enter the season as a top 10 team and will have national championship on their minds all season long.

With that said, Colorado should be getting a lot of buzz as well.

Sure, Andre Roberson left for the NBA, but the top two leading scorers will be back, along with other great players and a pretty good recruiting class will be joining the team.

Arizona has some very high expectations, but the same can be said about the Buffs. They have made the NCAA tournament two years in a row and a third consecutive appearance should happen.

Tad Boyle has done wonders with this basketball program and Colorado really is on the rise in college hoops. This team won 21 games last year and finished three games out of first place in the Pac-12 standings. The previous season saw it win the conference tournament.

Arizona and UCLA will always have a lot of hype because of each school’s history. Not to mention, the Bruins and Wildcats do land some of the best recruits.

However, Colorado is not too far behind now. This team has one more year of experience under its belt and it would not be a surprise if the Buffaloes won the Pac-12 in the 2013-14 season.

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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.


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

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