March 10, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Brendon Lavender (24) blocks a shot by Colorado Buffaloes guard Askia Booker (0) in the first half of the final round of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The Colorado Buffaloes are going to the NCAA Tournament. Read that again. The Buffaloes fended off the Arizona Wildcats, 53-51 and won the Pac-12 tournament in the first ever year that it was played. They went all the way from the number six seed. They played four games in four nights, four of them not ending until almost 11 p.m. locally, and beat three of the top four seeds. This team played their hearts out and it showed down the stretch. With a monster jam from Carlon Brown, and Arizona shooting an airball to end the game, Colorado was victorious. Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado with 14 points. All game the Buffaloes didn't let up. Your Colorado Buffaloes have defied the odds and are heading to March Madness. Have fun filling out your brackets now.
Things the Buffaloes did well: They continued to play their style of play, smart and patient offense and active and swarming defense. Andre Roberson, Carlon Brown, and Austin Dufault had incredible performances night in and night out in this tournament. Roberson had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Brown had 13 points, and Dufault added 8. Brown especially raised his game after a late season swoon had fans wondering who was going to be the scoring threat on this team. They willed Colorado to victory in every game and were most important in tonight's victory. The whole team played outstanding tonight. It is quite the feat when you can win 4 games in 4 nights.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: There was a stretch of over seven minutes that the Buffaloes didn't score , however, the Buffaloes were clearly fatigued due their schedule and Arizona is the best defensive team in the Pac-12. Some poor decisions down the stretch led to numerous terrible shots, but it didn't matter. The Buffaloes won and are going dancing. The Buffaloes will return to the tourney, no need to focus on the negatives.
Up Next: The Buffaloes will await their fate on Selection Sunday. They should end up anywhere between an 11 and a 13 seed. Tomorrow we will find out who and where they play. Bottom line? The Buffaloes are back. Tad Boyle is a superstar and the future for this program is blindly bright. Pac-12, the Colorado Buffaloes have arrived, and they're just getting started.