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2013-14 Utah Basketball Preview #2

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    It's that time of year, time to start keeping one eye on the action, and one eye on Bracketology. *Yep, I'm talking bubbles.

    Much of the panicked, uninformed thought is that tomorrow's affair with Utah is a 'must-win' game for CU. That, for them to sneak into the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd consecutive season, necessitates, at least, a win over the Utes, maybe even another win or two the rest of the way. That conventional wisdom is wrong.

    Colorado continues to be in fantastic position for the Tournament, thanks to some typically brilliant scheduling from Coach Boyle. *With a Strength of Schedule in the nation's top-15, and an RPI in the top-30 (along with protection from another year of an ugly, soft bubble), they're in, no questions asked.

    'But what if the Buffs lose-out?' *Even in that scenario, CU is still in. *The RPI would remain in the top-40, and no power conference team with a top-40 RPI and a top-15 SOS is going to be excluded. What's more, Colorado has no bad losses. *Not one. *Their worst to-date is a road loss to Washington, which doesn't even qualify as the Huskies are solidly in the RPI top-100. *The Committee isn't going to hold a top-100 road loss against you. *Utah is on the fringe, but a win over CU would prop them up above the Mendoza line for good. *The resume is clean. *It's not perfect, but clean.

    Now, without a single win the rest of the way, is CU going to get a good seed? *No, and it could inch them towards the dreaded play-in trip to Dayton. *Not an ideal scenario, and it would behoove the Buffs to get at least one over the next week, but that's not the point. *The point is that Colorado, regardless of what they do the rest of the way, is in the Dance. With that knowledge, they should be able to just go out there any play free, easy basketball.

    Take a deep breath, the NIT will be reserved for lesser teams this season.

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    Tip-off from the Hunstsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT is set for high noon on Saturday. *Coverage will be on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.
    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.

    Click below for the preview...

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    It's that time of year, time to start keeping one eye on the action, and one eye on Bracketology. *Yep, I'm talking bubbles.

    Much of the panicked, uninformed thought is that tomorrow's affair with Utah is a 'must-win' game for CU. That, for them to sneak into the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd consecutive season, necessitates, at least, a win over the Utes, maybe even another win or two the rest of the way. That conventional wisdom is wrong.

    Colorado continues to be in fantastic position for the Tournament, thanks to some typically brilliant scheduling from Coach Boyle. *With a Strength of Schedule in the nation's top-15, and an RPI in the top-30 (along with protection from another year of an ugly, soft bubble), they're in, no questions asked.

    'But what if the Buffs lose-out?' *Even in that scenario, CU is still in. *The RPI would remain in the top-40, and no power conference team with a top-40 RPI and a top-15 SOS is going to be excluded. What's more, Colorado has no bad losses. *Not one. *Their worst to-date is a road loss to Washington, which doesn't even qualify as the Huskies are solidly in the RPI top-100. *The Committee isn't going to hold a top-100 road loss against you. *Utah is on the fringe, but a win over CU would prop them up above the Mendoza line for good. *The resume is clean. *It's not perfect, but clean.

    Now, without a single win the rest of the way, is CU going to get a good seed? *No, and it could inch them towards the dreaded play-in trip to Dayton. *Not an ideal scenario, and it would behoove the Buffs to get at least one over the next week, but that's not the point. *The point is that Colorado, regardless of what they do the rest of the way, is in the Dance. With that knowledge, they should be able to just go out there any play free, easy basketball.

    Take a deep breath, the NIT will be reserved for lesser teams this season.

    --

    Tip-off from the Hunstsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT is set for high noon on Saturday. *Coverage will be on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.
    For reference, my preview from the first game can be found here.

    Click below for the preview...

    Read more »[​IMG]

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