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Colorado Buffaloes earn 5-seed in NCAA Tournament, will play Georgetown

The Buffs have the highest seed in the Tad Boyle era.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Air Force Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes were revealed as a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They will face the 12th-seeded Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday, March 20, tip-off TBA.

The Buffs finished the season with a 22-8 record and were two points short of winning the Pac-12 Tournament. Their seed was hardly impacted, according to projections that had CU as either a 5- or 6-seed regardless of the win.

This is the fifth time the Buffs have appeared in the NCAA Tournament since Tad Boyle was hired in 2011. It would have been the sixth time, but the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the highest seed any CU team has earned since 1969.

Colorado’s bracket is a tough draw. If they beat 12-seed Georgetown, they would face the winner of 4/13 Florida State vs. UNC Greensboro. That’s a lot of size and athleticism in that grouping, and that’s before seeing 1-seed Michigan, 8-seed LSU or 9-seed St. Bonaventure’s.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, the USC Trojans made it as a 6-seed, Oregon as a 7, UCLA as an 11 (play-in) and Oregon State as a 12. Also of note, the Beavers making the tournament helped pop Colorado State’s bubble.

The tournament will held entirely in Indiana, where teams are expected to arrive Sunday or early Monday in order to pass health protocols.