NCAA Bracket 2011: Colorado Buffaloes Get Left Out, It's Personal

Sean BacaContributor IMarch 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Head coach Tad Boyle of the Colorado Buffaloes reacts to a play against the Kansas Jayhawks during their semifinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Buffs went to school on Selection Sunday. A team trip to coach Tad Boyle's house turned into a field trip for the basketball team. A harsh lesson was learned, and Colorado themselves are to blame on this one.

They had a horrible pre-conference schedule. 

They lost to Harvard, San Francisco and Georgia. 

Harvard nearly made the tourney, and Georgia was a 10 seed. San Fransico was a bad loss, but such is the lesson here. 

Here's the list, and it goes.

No. 1: VCU.  "If you have Colorado vs. VCU, it would be a mismatch." said Dick Vitale on ESPN.

No. 2: Villanova. Only lost its final five games of their season. 

No. 3: USC and Michigan State. Both 19-14. 

These are the teams that made it in over CU? Shut the front door!! How?

All bias aside, how does this happen?

Two words: Dan Beebe. 

Beebe is the Big 12 Commissioner and member of the NCAA's selection committee. He's commissioner of the conference that the Buffs will be leaving next season. 

Before you call me a conspiracy theorist, check in at Lincoln and ask the Huskers how they feel about him. Beebe will not travel to Lincoln after being seen celebrating the Longhorns win against the Huskers in the Big 12 Championship.

That was the game when an extra second was put on the clock. Beebe would not even present the Huskers their North Division title this year because they feared retaliation.  

The Buffs got the business end of this deal. They don't have the tradition to match Nova, the Spartans or the Trojans. Television equals money, and money equals justice in this age. 

If the Buffs were a bubble team, and I have no idea how they were (see K-State getting a No. 5 seed), then does anyone think that Beebe was backing CU, the first team out when the realignment was going on? Hell no. He was pushing the Buffs to the back page, guaranteed. 

Logic doesn't explain the snub, so where is the reasoning?

There just isn't one. Just as he did when Texas kicked the game winning field goal, Beebe got his way. 

Class dismissed, Buffs. 

But all is not lost, fellow Buff fans.

We are a No. 1 seed in the NIT.

We're off to the Pac-10 next year.

So Beebe has no reason to visit any time soon. But should he venture into Boulder for some reason, we won't threaten him like those Husker fans did. We'll have a nice feast waiting just for you, commish. All the Buffalo Chips you can eat. That, and maybe Ralphie gets a little loose.