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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