ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 17: Austin Dufault #33 of the Colorado Buffaloes reacts on an in-bound pass in the first half against the Baylor Bears during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 17, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Colorado Buffaloes couldn't continue the miraculous run and fell to the Baylor Bears, 80-63. The Buffs couldn't stop the shooting of Brady Heslip. He made 9 threes, for a ridiculous total of 27 points. Not all of his shots were contested, but it's hard to win when a player shoots 9-12 from beyond the arc. Sometimes, shooters don't miss. Overall, it was an incredible run for the Buffaloes, but they couldn't respond to the shooting and size of Baylor. For Colorado, Askia Booker led the way with 15 points.
Things the Buffaloes did well: They shot well from the field and they played decent defense but they couldn't match Baylor's offense. Austin Dufault, Carlon Brown, and Andre Roberson all played well for the Buffaloes, combining for 40 points. Overall, Colorado shot 45% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. Most importantly, they played well, and their performance tonight would have won most of their conference games.
Things the Buffaloes struggled with: Yes they lost, however it was just a case of Baylor being more talented. Baylor had a key 23-9 run at the end to help them win the game. Coaching can only do so much. Baylor had more talent and it showed tonight. Colorado's strength all year long has been defense and it wasn't enough against the Bears.
Up Next: In two years, Colorado has advanced to the last four in the NIT, and won the Pac-12 Tournament. Colorado has two four-star recruits coming in next year and I would be surprised if they didn't return to the NCAA Tournament next year. Most importanly, the Colorado Buffaloes made the NCAA Tournament and upset the six seed, winning their first tourney game since 1997. Colorado was picked to finish 10th and 11th in the Pac-12 and they managed to prove everyone wrong. Ultimately, it was a great season for Colorado and next year it will only get better.