NCAA Bracket 2012: How Colorado Basketball Got To March Madness

March 10, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Buffaloes forward Andre Roberson (21) controls the ball against the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

After running through the Pac-12 tournament, the Colorado Buffaloes are hot heading into March Madness.

The Colorado Buffaloes stampeded through the Pac-12 tournament in their first year in the conference and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the process, ensuring the Pac-12 avoided the title of a dreaded one-bid conference.

The Buffaloes were fifth in the Pac-12 after the regular season, finishing 11-7 in the conference and 23-11 overall. Their best wins came over California — once in the regular season, again in the conference tournament — and Washington, but they lacked a premier non-conference win, like every other team in their conference.

They're led by one of the country's best rebounders in Andre Roberson. Roberson averaged 11.1 per game, good for a tie for fifth-most in all of college basketball, and leading the Pac-12. He paired that with 11.6 points, 1.9 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, making him the walking definition of a statsheet-stuffer. He should be fun to watch when the Buffaloes, seeded 11th in the South region, take on sixth-seeded UNLV.

Colorado is the No. 11 seed in the South Region and will open with UNLV in the Second Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

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