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For pretty much all of the second half of the college basketball season, analysts have preached that the PAC-12 is a weak conference and will not be good come tournament time.
Nobody told this to Colorado.
The Buffs were a sixth seed in the PAC-12 Tournament, and if they wanted to make the big dance, they had to beat Oregon, California and Arizona. They did just that and earned themselves an eleventh seed in the NCAA Tournament.
They had to face a UNLV team who had already beaten UNC, San Diego St. and Illinois this season and were looking to bring back the glory days to Las Vegas.
The Buff dominated the Rebels for the entire game but really turned up the heat in the second half until they were up by 20 points with 12 minutes to go in the game. UNLV came within two points with four minutes to play but were unable to take the lead.
UNLV's loss follows the same story as the other upsets noted in previous slides—lack of three-point shooting. The Rebels shot 25 percent from deep, while the Buffs were seven of 12. They also outshot UNLV by 14 percent overall.
The Rebels came out flat in this game and never recovered, while the Buffs played inspired basketball and prroved to the rest of the teams that the PAC-12 was not as weak as previously thought.