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No. 1 Item On Colorado Buffaloes’ Christmas List

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The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off of their second loss of the season. Regardless, what is the No. 1 item on their Christmas list?

This No. 1 item may not happen right away. Actually, it is definitely not going to happen right away. On top of the Buffaloes’ Christmas list is winning the Pac-12.

Arizona entered the year with the highest expectations in the Pac-12. In fact, many people thought the Wildcats would run away with the conference. I found myself guilty of that from time to time. Conference play hasn’t even started yet, so that could still happen.

Even UCLA had higher expectations than Colorado entering the year. In some instances, the same thing can be said about Oregon.

So far, the Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the nation, Oregon is still undefeated and UCLA has dropped a couple of games. With that in mind, Arizona will clearly enter Pac-12 play as the team to beat, but the Ducks will not be too far behind.

Where does this leave Colorado? Well, the Buffaloes are still a very talented team and should have no problem finishing in the top five of the conference standings. Finishing outside of the top three would actually be considered disappointing for this team.

Therefore, the No. 1 item on the Buffs’ Christmas list is definitely winning the conference. This wish is not too far out there either. Colorado has already beaten Kansas and Harvard. Its two losses came against Baylor and Oklahoma State, who are both ranked.

It’s not going to be easy, but Spencer Dinwiddie, Askia Booker and the rest of the Buffs have a serious shot at winning the title and that is the No. 1 item on their Christmas list… or at least should be.

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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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