The Colorado State Rams were looking for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003, and got it by being picked as an at-large team in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. They got to March with a good offense and a strong stretch of non-conference play.
The Rams began their 2011-12 campaign with some excellent play in non-conference action, piling up an 11-4 record before the Mountain West slate began. Colorado State fell by double digits to Duke, Stanford, and Southern Mississippi, but the six-game winning streak that the Rams carried into conference play helped give them the basis for a 20-win season.
And the Rams got to that plateau despite a few bad losses in the MWC, to TCU and Boise State, in particular. They made up for those with victories against UNLV and San Diego State. However, a loss to the Aztecs in the quarterfinals of the MWC Tournament left Colorado State worrying about its at-large status on Selection Sunday. Those worries, it turns out, were unfounded.
The Rams earned the No. 11 seed in the West Region and will face Murray State in the Second Round.
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