Coming into the Pac-12 Tournament, the Colorado Buffaloes were not considered a serious contender for an NCAA Tournament bid or a Pac-12 Tournament title. Thanks to their three wins in three days, they find themselves in the final, where they will take on the Arizona Wildcats. Like their previous two games, they will be the underdogs.
Colorado defeated their tournament quarterfinal and semifinal opponents -- Oregon and California -- in Boulder in the regular season, but lost to them away. Neutral site games were expected for favor Oregon and Cal, but the Buffs came through in both cases. On Saturday, they face another team in Arizona that they split with in the regular season.
Arizona is playing some of their best basketball of the season at the moment, and they're likely to be a tougher matchup for the Buffs than either Oregon or Cal. Seniors Kyle Fogg and Jesse Perry are coming off of excellent performances, and both were very productive when the teams last met in a big Arizona win in Tuscon. Perry was also excellent for Arizona in Colorado's one-point win in Boulder, and the Buffaloes will need to do a better job of containing him than they did in their previous meetings to pull off a miracle fourth win in four days.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 10, 6:00 p.m. ET
You can find a full Pac-12 Tournament bracket here.
For more on the two teams, head over to Arizona Wildcats blog Arizona Desert Swarm and Colorado Buffaloes blog The Ralphie Report. For more on the entire tournament, check out Pacific Takes and our Pac-12 Tournament StoryStream.