Videos: Top four reasons the CU Buffs will win the Pac-12 Tournament
March Madness is well underway as teams begin to punch their tickets for the Big Dance. The major conference tournaments kick off today, but many Coloradans will have their eye on only one: the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
With respect to the Colorado State Rams for a solid season and probable NCAA tournament berth, we decided to take a look at the CU and gauge its postseason prospects. The verdict? We're all in, baby. Count down our top four reasons below.
4. Underdog Status
Going into the season, no one in the country expected the Pac 12 to have any legitimate teams. Certainly, no one expected two teams from the conference in the top 25, and if it hadn't been for Oregon's collapse, there could have been three with numbers by their names. Colorado flirted with the top 25 all season, dropping in after big wins and falling out after tough losses.
Going into the tournament tomorrow, the dominant storyline is the "resurgence" of UCLA, which is great for the Buffs. Some list the team as a dark horse candidate to take home the championship, but more analysts are looking at either Arizona or UCLA to come out on top. In the last two tournaments under Boyle, the Buffs have given Kansas everything it could handle (Big 12, 2011) and won (Pac-12, 2012). As they've demonstrated throughout the season, they can win the big game. But after an up and down season, the Buffs look like a fringe contender to anyone not paying attention. Let's hope the rest of the conference thinks so, too.
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