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The Arizona Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the county, but they should be worried about the Colorado Buffaloes.

Colorado just got done ending the Oregon Ducks‘ perfect season. Plus, the Buffs dropped 100 points in that contest. Bad defense or not, reaching the century mark in college hoops is quite the feat.

Tad Boyle‘s team has now beaten Harvard, Kansas and Oregon. The Buffs have lost to Oklahoma State and Baylor.

The Wildcats have arguably been the best team so far, which is probably why they hold the No. 1 ranking in college basketball. Coming into the season, the Pac-12 was supposed to be competitive, but the Wildcats were definitely the favorites. Not much has changed, but now it is evident that Arizona is not the only national title contender in this conference.

Colorado has to be mentioned in that subject now and Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State are going to get a lot of respect.

The Buffs returned a bunch of players from last season, but none better than Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie. However, Josh Scott and others have been impressive as well.

This is a team that has one of the best backcourts in the Pac-12–possibly the nation–and this is also a team that can challenge Arizona for a conference title.

The Wildcats are still a perfect 15-0, but Colorado’s 13-2 record is not too shabby, especially since those two losses came against teams who are currently ranked in the top 10.

With that in mind, Arizona could very well be the Pac-12 champs at the end of the season, but don’t be surprised when the Buffaloes steal the show and win the title.

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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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