Mar 14, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle talks to his team during practice for the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Pit. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
The games have begun (in fact, the sheep should be just about to wrap when this is posted) and you're sitting at work or a bar wishing that Colorado and UNLV would go ahead and tip off already? We understand. With just under eight hours until the two teams begin we've gone ahead and compiled the coverage you need to get you through the game. Not much longer, Buffs fans, not much longer at all...
First, learn a bit more about Colorado's previous NCAA tournament appearances:
Then, spend some time diving into the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and how they got here:
Now it's time to start breaking down tonight's game:
Still not enough? A few more great previews after the jump...
The Buffs' appetite to reach the NCAAs was large and highly visible week in their march to the Pac-12 Conference tournament championship. But that page - as glorious as it was - has been turned, leaving No. 11 seed CU (23-11) to focus on its matchup with No. 6 seed UNLV (26-8). If the Buffs can rekindle the magic - the same intensity would be nice, too - they created in the shadow of Hollywood, they could stick around awhile in this tournament.
Colorado has momentum. UNLV does not. The Rebs went just 5-4 down the stretch. The familiarity of playing in the Pit may favor UNLV because the players have been on the floor here, but the distance from Boulder, Colo., as opposed to from Las Vegas shouldn't give one team an advantage over the other.
"Certainly we've talked about the confidence factor that Colorado played four very good games in four days. So they're coming in on a roll," Rice said. "The biggest thing is they have good players. They've got guys that do things that have given us trouble all year."