Colorado in NCAA Basketball Tournament, Wins Pac-12 Title

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Colorado in NCAA Basketball Tournament, Wins Pac-12 Title
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Colorado received a No. 11 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament and will be going up against No. 6 seed UNLV in the South Region. Notable teams in the South Region include No. 1 overall seed Kentucky and No. 2 seed Duke. Update added 3/11/12. The unedited article below was posted before the seed selection announcement.

Colorado beat Arizona in a close (53-51) Pac-12 championship game to claim the conference’s automatic NCAA men's basketball tournament bid on Saturday. The CU Buffs will now be participating in March Madness 2012.

As it is their first season in the Pac-12, it is also the Buffaloes' first Pac-12 basketball tournament title.  This season the Pac-12 Conference tournament title and the automatic bid looked to be Colorado’s only chance at getting invited to the Big Dance. 

The Pac-12 had a win-loss record of 0-12 against AP Top 25 teams this season, raising serious doubts about the conference. Further hurting the Buffs' chance at getting into the NCAA tournament was their conference record. Colorado finished the regular season fifth in the Pac-12, tied with UCLA behind Washington, Cal, Oregon and Arizona.

All NCAA tournament 2012 bid doubts are now in the past, as the Colorado Buffaloes will be making their 11th March Madness appearance. Despite a few impressive wins last season the CU Buffs were left out of the Big Dance in 2011. 

In the NCAA tournament, the Buffaloes have a 9-12 win-loss record and two Final Four appearances.

Colorado’s first NCAA appearance was in 1940, the second year of the tournament. The Buffs' most recent appearance was in back in 2003. That year Colorado lost to Michigan State 64-79 in the first round. 

With wins over Utah, Oregon, Cal and now Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament, the Buffs should not be underestimated come this year's bracket time. Here’s a look at how Colorado has performed this season.

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