Colorado vs. Arizona: Wildcats Destined to Go Dancing

Justin KeithCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09:  Nick Johnson #13 stands alongside teammate Kyle Fogg #21 of the Arizona Wildcats late in the second half while taking on the Oregon State Beavers in the semifinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 men's basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Colorado and Arizona will battle it out this afternoon for the Pac-12 tournament crown and an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament.

The Buffaloes have had one of their best seasons in school history, winning 22 games for just the third time.

They have gotten solid play out of Carlon Brown, who is averaging 16 points, five rebounds and three steals a game so far in the Pac-12 tournament. 

Colorado also has a rebounding machine in the paint with Andre Roberson. Roberson set the Colorado single-season rebounding record with 366 boards thus far.

However those two will not be enough to keep Arizona from taking the title and earning a spot in the Big Dance.

The Wildcats also boast some impressive talent that starts with Kyle Fogg and Solomon Hill.

Fogg is the best shooter on the Wildcat roster and can be a threat to score from anywhere on the floor. Hill is an all-around player who contributes both with his scoring and rebounding ability.

Arizona split the season series with Colorado, losing the first matchup by just a single point.

Although the Wildcat offense has been shoddy at times this season, it has also shown the ability to score in bunches.

The question is, which Arizona team will show up today?

For the Wildcats, this may be their last shot to get into the NCAA tournament after having an up and down year.

That being said, Arizona has their own fate in their hands.

They are the more talented and experienced team, as well as a team that was a preseason top-25 team.

The Buffaloes have only enjoyed success the past two seasons, so their roster is unaccustomed to big-game pressure.

The Wildcats were No. 16 in the preseason coaches poll after they won 30 games and reach the Elite Eight last season.

Things didn't run as smoothly this season, however, and the Wildcats find themselves struggling to sneak into the NCAA tournament.

But today they will punch their ticket.

Colorado will put up a huge fight, but Arizona won't let anything get in the way of getting back to the big dance.