The Buffaloes crushed the USC Trojans on the road as they prepare for the toughest part of their schedule leading up to the PAC 12 Tournament. They have games against the second-ranked Arizona Wildcats and a tough Arizona State Sun Devils team. Then to end the regular season, they travel to play opponents who are basically in the same position as the Buffaloes in the Utah Utes, Stanford Cardinal, and California Golden Bears.
This is arguably the toughest remaining schedule in college basketball. As of now, they would be in the tournament, but perhaps getting some solid wins in the next couple of weeks and perhaps making some noise in the conference tournament can greatly help their chances.
The Buffaloes do have some quality wins against ranked teams like the Oregon Ducks earlier in the season and then defeating the then sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks definitely helped their resume. And it also helps that they do not have a bad loss as well. Most of them have come against teams that they were not favored to win.
The important part for the Buffaloes is that they need to keep winning games. The race for the conference automatic bids for this year’s March Madness is quite tight. Behind the Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins, there are four teams that are separated by one game. I believe that the Buffaloes will have enough when it is all said and done and they will make the big dance, especially with the impressive wins they obtained early in the season. Especially since their RPI is in the Top 30, which really helps the Buffaloes case.
Look for Colorado to maintain their momentum from tonight’s win and do enough down the stretch to receive an invitation to the dance in March.