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Colorado Buffaloes Snubbed Out of Both Major Polls

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The Colorado Buffaloes may have not been a No. 1 seed in the dance last season, but they still made it and were still a solid team during the year. They have the talent coming back to be ranked all season long, but that will not be the case entering the 2013-14 college basketball season because the Buffs were snubbed out of the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25.

I understand that Colorado is not a powerhouse in college hoops or anywhere near it, but it is returning some great players. Andre Roberson is a huge loss, but this team will still compete for a Pac-12 title.

Colorado has made the tourney the past two seasons. It hasn’t done much in the dance, but still. A third straight appearance in the Big Dance is very likely.

Three players who averaged 10 or more points per game will be back. This includes the top two scorers from last year’s team.

Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker will be a very good duo and could possibly be one of the best in the Pac-12. These two will have to lead the team on and off the court, but they are not the only two returning.

The Buffaloes can prove early on that they deserve to be ranked. They open up the season against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 8. The Bears are ranked No. 25 in the AP. These two teams have split the last two contests and should provide some good entertainment once again. The winner better be ranked in both polls the following week.

Colorado may not be getting as much hype as other teams in the conference, but it is definitely worthy of a top 25 ranking.

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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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