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Men's Basketball No. 5 Seed At Pac-12 Tournament - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Colorado (21-10, 10-8), the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament Champions, finished fifth in the conference standings for the third straight year and tied their conference record from a year ago at 10-8.  The season when they won the conference tournament, they were the sixth seed winning four games in four days.

2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket - Here is the full official bracket for your perusal.

Colorado men's basketball: Buffs turn focus to Pac-12 Tournament - Buffzone

CU played some of its best post-Dinwiddie basketball this past week in the Bay Area — at least defensively.

In a 59-56 win at Stanford on Wednesday, the Buffs held the Cardinal to 36.8 percent shooting and out-rebounded them 39-31. CU held Cal to 35.4 percent and out-rebounded the Bears 45-35. It's the first time all season that the Buffs held back-to-back opponents below 37 percent shooting.

No. 5 Seed Colorado vs. No. 12 Seed USC | Pac-12 Tournament: Matchups, TV Coverage, Predictions and More | Bleacher Report

The Trojans (11-20, 2-16 Pac-12) have had a tough year, to say the least. The highlight of their season reaches all the way back to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the Bahamas when it beat Xavier 84-78.

The Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12), on the other hand, were nationally ranked as high as No. 15 until point guard Spencer Dinwiddie went down with a torn ACL. The Buffs lost a heartbreaker to Cal in overtime to finish their season with losses in three of their final four games.

Improving Pac-12 looking to make some noise in NCAA Tournament - The Denver Post

"This is the deepest, most competitive and well-balanced Pac-12 since I've been here; there are more really good teams," said Arizona State coach Herb Sendek, who is completing his eighth season with the Sun Devils.

As of Friday, six Pac-12 teams were among the top 50 in RPI power ranking: Arizona (1), UCLA (21), Colorado (29), Oregon (31), Arizona State (33) and Stanford (46). California (59) was not far behind after having been inside the top 50 for much of the winter.

Colorado men's basketball: Johnson steps up for Buffaloes - Buffzone

On Saturday, Johnson had one of the biggest games of his career, and it kept the Buffs close all night long against California, before they finally fell, 66-65 in overtime at Haas Pavilion.

"He came out ready to play and when X makes shots and plays with energy it's a good thing," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "I didn't get him any (rest), and he didn't want to come out of the game, either."

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Colorado football: Rippy in the mix at linebacker - Buffzone

Rippy says he probably would have ended up at CU in the first place if Embree would have allowed him more time to make up his mind in the recruiting process out of Sto Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pa. He always loved the school and everything he heard about it from his cousin, former Buff linebacker Douglas Rippy, and his good friend, former CU wide receiver Toney Clemons.

Arizona Schools, Colorado, stand out for 4-star QB - - Colorado is on the list for quarterback Seriron Jones.

Pac-12 spring position breakdowns: Safety - ESPN

Colorado: The Buffs need to replace SS Parker Orms, who had 26 career starts and 10 last season, but FS Jered Bell will return. All three of the players competing to replace Orms -- Marques Mosley, Terrel Smith and Tedric Thompson -- have started at least three games. Smith redshirted last season after he underwent shoulder surgery and has 19 career starts.

3-point stance: Shawne Alston's lawsuit could be troublesome for NCAA - ESPN

3. The inclusion of 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam of Colorado on the new College Football Hall of Fame ballot reminds us of one aspect of what the Hall represents. The Buffaloes’ run of dominance lasted from the late 1980s through the 1990s. The Hall has elected linebacker Alfred Williams (2010) and head coach Bill McCartney (2013). Salaam and running back Eric Bieniemy are eligible. Lined up behind them are cornerback Deon Figures, center Jay Leeuwenburg, linebacker Matt Russell, wide receiver Michael Westbrook, and others. A once-dominant program gets to re-live its success. That’s nice.