5 Reasons Why Colorado Won’t Make The NCAA Tournament
5 Reasons Why Colorado Won't Make The NCAA Tournament
The Colorado Buffaloes' NCAA Tournament hopes are slowly slipping away from them this season. The Buffaloes have not been the same team since star Spencer Dinwiddie was injured at mid-season. The team has zero impressive road wins along with a mediocre conference record. Taking all of these factors into consideration, the Colorado Buffaloes will not make the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
The Buffaloes have earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Colorado upset UNLV in their first game and lost to Baylor in their second game. In 2013, the Buffaloes lost their first game to Illinois.
This season, Colorado must get a grip on their own tournament hopes rather than putting their fate in the selection committee's hands. Colorado started the season unranked and climbed as high as No. 15 in the country. The Buffaloes were ranked No. 21 in the country the week of Dinwiddie's injury and have not been back in the polls since. The Buffaloes started the season 14-2 right when Pac-12 play began. The team has gone an average 6-6 since then, putting themselves on the bubble watch. The Buffaloes are currently 20-8 this season and are in fifth place in the Pac-12 standings with a 9-6 conference record.
Colorado will have to make their final three road games count for something. In each Pac-12 road game this year except conference doormats USC and Washington State, the Buffaloes have lost by more than 10 points in each game. The Buffaloes will also have to bounce back from an embarrassing home loss to Arizona.
Here are the five reasons why Colorado won't be making the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
5. Embarrasing Loss To Arizona At Home On National TV
Sometimes the biggest stages tell all you need to know about a team. Last Saturday against Arizona, College Gameday was in town and the Buffaloes were in a primetime game for the first time in quite awhile. The Buffaloes failed to pass the eye test as they were held without a field goal for the first 10 minutes of the game in getting blown out by 27.
4. Just One Impressive Win All Season
Early in the season when star guard Spencer Dinwiddie was still healthy, the Buffaloes did upset Kansas at home on a game-winning shot. Since then, the only good wins have been at home to a disappointing Oregon squad and a fellow bubble team in Arizona State.
3. No Impressive Road Wins All Year
The Buffaloes' only road wins this year have been against Air Force, Colorado State, Washington State and USC. These wins would be impressive if this were the Buffaloes' football team, but only three road wins against poor competition will not get the Buffaloes over the hump.
2. Only 3-7 vs. Top 50 RPI Teams
While the Buffaloes do have three wins over top 50 RPI teams, two have been to disappointing conference foes. The Buffaloes have not defeated any of the top two Pac-12 teams in four chances in Arizona and UCLA with all four being decisive losses. Other crucial losses have been neutral site games to Baylor and Oklahoma State, and a blowout on the road to Arizona State.
1. Spencer Dinwiddie's Injury
The common axiom is that injuries shouldn't cost you your job. In the NCAA Tournament, injuries can cost you a postseason appearance. With Spencer Dinwiddie, the Buffaloes were 14-3. Without Dinwiddie, the Buffaloes have been 6-5, quite a significant drop-off without one of the best players in the Pac-12 and one of the best guards in the country.