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How Did Colorado Fare Against NCAA Tournament Qualifiers in 2010?

Oh how I long for the Buffs to play in the NCAA tournament again. Ever since I was a little kid, the Sunday before the the tournament started was like a national holiday, hanging on every team CBS announced. It is truly the best week in sports in my mind. This next Thursday through Sunday is something special, checking your brackets during work, hanging on gamecast score know the drill and it's fantastic. One thing has been missing for the most part: the Colorado Buffaloes. CU's last appearance in the big dance was 2002 - 2003 and no one will forget when Chauncey Billups played for Colorado in 1996 - 1997. Since 1969, those are the only two years Colorado made it to the tournament.

The program made some strides this year behind guards Alec Burks, Cory Higgins and Marcus Relphorde. There is reason for optimism but unless Jeff Bzdelik finds a few good big men who can rebound and this team figures out how to win on the road, more .500 seasons are likely. One thing is for sure: the window of opportunity is closing. Cory Higgins will be a senior next year. Alec Burks, if he keeps his progression going and adds some pounds, the NBA will be calling next year.

But enough about next year. Colorado was 2 - 10 against teams who qualified for the NCAA tournament this year. They could have easily been 5 - 7 with wins against Kansas, Texas A&M and Gonzaga. Their best win of the year was against the Baylor Bears, who enter as a #3 seed in this year's tournament and a team that many believe will go far. We will see. Before this win against Baylor, Colorado hadn't beaten a ranked team in three years. Seven Big 12 teams made the NCAA tournament, CU finished 8th in the conference during the regular season.

Below is how the Buffs fared against the other teams in the tournament:

Opponent Result Game Notes
Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 88-72 APB started 0 - 11, ended up 17 - 15 winnin the SWAC, 16 Seed Play In Game. This was the first game of the year for both teams.
vs. Gonzaga* L 76-72 #8 seed. Buffs led this game 56 - 45 before Gonzaga won late in Maui. Zags lost their conference tournament, but have made the tournament 12 straight times. Could be a dangerous team depending on which team shows up.
at No. 2 Texas L 103-86 Texas handily beat the Buffs in Austin to go 15 - 0 but after that, went 9 - 9. Texas is an #8 seed and comes into the tournament with some confidence issues.
No. 24 Baylor W 78-71 Baylor seems like everyone's darling this year and gained a #3 seed. I keep telling myself, this Bears team lost to the Buffs. A Buffs team that hadn't beaten a ranked team in three years. Buyer beware. 
No. 12 Kansas State L 87-81 Colorado played the Wildcats very tough in Boulder, jumping within four points with just over a minute to play. The refs ruined this game as they called a whopping 67 fouls. The #2 seed Wildcats are going to be a tough out in the tournament
at Oklahoma State L 90-78 The #7 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys proved too much for the Buffs in their only meeting of the year in Stillwater. If Big 12 player of the year James Anderson gets hot, this is a team that can play the spolier...just ask #1 ranked Kansas, who was beaten by this Cowboy team two weeks ago
at Texas A&M L 67-63 Coulda. Shoulda. Woulda. The Buffs were tied with A&M in College Station 59 - 59 with 32 seconds left but ended up losing to the #5 seed. The Buffs were outrebounded by 13 and the road issues continued.
No. 1 Kansas L 72-66 Colorado took this #1 ranked Kansas team to overtime without top freshman Alec Burks. Yes without 17 points a game in Burks. CU had the last shot in regulation to win but a poorly executed play allowed Kansas to escape in OT.
Missouri L 84-66 Is there any team who has had the Buffs number more than Missouri the past few years? The answer is no. The #10 seed lost to a bad Nebraska team in the 2nd round of the Big 12 tourney.
at No. 9 Kansas State L 68-51 Kansas State flexed their muscle in Manhattan, KS after the Buffs stuck with the Wildcats through the first half. Could be a great final four matchup with Kansas
at No. 1 Kansas L 94-74 #1 team beat up the Buffs in Lawrence. Many people in their brackets will have the Jayhawks cutting down the nets in April.
at Missouri L 92-63 See the first matchup with the Tigers