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NCAA Tourney: Buffaloes open as favorites vs. Hoyas

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A opening game scheduled for Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. MT

Oregon State v Colorado Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The fifth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes (22-8) open their 2021 NCAA Tournament hopes against the underrated No. 12 Georgetown Hoyas (13-12) on Saturday, March 20 (10:15 AM MT on CBS).

The Buffs come into the matchup as five-point favorites over Patrick Ewing’s Big East champion Hoyas. This will be the first ever meeting between both schools. The winner will face either No. 4 Florida State or No. 13 UNC-Greensboro on Monday, March 22, in the second round.

Colorado has a 12-7 record all-time vs. Big East opponents since 1938. It will be the 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history for CU, and the fifth under head coach Tad Boyle. This is the first appearance in six years for CU, although they only missed last year because of the pandemic.

The NCAA Tournament was moved to the Indianapolis metro area due to COVID-19. All games will be broadcast on either CBS, TNT, TBS or TruTV.

CU was upset by Oregon State in Saturday’s Pac-12 championship game. Despite the loss, the Buffs are the highest-seeded conference team in this year’s tournament. They’re one of five Pac-12 teams to earn an NCAA berth. USC is a No. 6 seed, Oregon is a No. 7, UCLA is a No. 11 and Pac-12 champs Oregon State were given a No. 12 seed.

It’s also the highest seed for a Buffs team in the modern era. The last time the Buffs advanced past the first round was in 2012 with a win over UNLV before losing to Baylor in the round of 32.

Michigan is the top seed in Colorado’s region followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Florida State. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are scheduled for March 27-30 with the Final Four set for April 3 & 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium.