A season that started with the Buffs beating Ft. Lewis convincingly on their home floor ended with somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 Buff fans singing the fight song in Albuquerque after making the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Along the way there were highs & lows, but it's safe to say that this is a season that Buff fans will remember for a long time. And if they do forget, there will be a nice new PAC-12 Champions banner hanging in The Keg to remind people just what happened this season. And what did happen? A year in which the Buffs were expected to be rebuilding and not reloading started with everyone wondering how CU would replace the loss of 75% of it's offensive production from the year before. The media picked CU to finish 10th in the PAC-12. Most of us here on AllBuffs were considered wildly optimistic because it seemed like many thought the team would finish in the 6-9 range. Remembering the pain of missing the tournament the year before, the team decided to crash the gates and force their way in the best way they could -- winning that automatic bid. Over this week, AllBuffs will be reviewing the season that just happened and giving you a brief preview about what's in the cards for next season. We'll be breaking it down on a day by day basis. Monday: The Gradating Seniors Tuesday: The Frontcourt Players Wednesday: The Backcourt Players Thursday: The Newcomers Friday: A Brief Look At Next Season So today, we take a look at the players who laid the groundwork for this year's season -- the seniors. Arguably the most successful season class in CU history, these four helped the Buffs take the PAC-12 by storm and will always be welcome back in Boulder. Carlon Brown Guard 6'5" 215 lbs. Senior Riverside, CA #30MPGPPGRPGOR%DR%APGTORateSPGBPGFG%3PT%FT%eFG%Poss%ORtg28.5220.127.116.11%11.3%2.016.7%0.80.344.7%30.7%72.3%50.4%24.6%102.42011-12: The transfer from Utah provided the Buffs with the necessary scoring to survive the loss of their four leading scorers from the previous year. Carlon was absolutely phenomenal at times and maddening at others, but it seemed like whenever the team needed him the most, he would step up and provide the will to win. One of the things that most Buffs fans will remember from this season were his exclemation point dunks late in the games on our tourney run. He wasn't the most efficient scorer for the Buffs, but he was the workhorse. Whenever the offense seemed to bog down, Carlon would take control of the ball and find a way to generate something. Someone who led the team quietly, Buffs fans will forever be thankful for Carlon's two years in Colorado. Austin Dufault Forward 6'9" 225 lbs. Senior Killdeer, ND #33MPGPPGRPGOR%DR%APGTORateSPGBPGFG%3PT%FT%eFG%Poss%ORtg18.104.22.168.6%12.2%0.913.4%0.60.348.6%35.9%68.9%52.3%21.2%107.72011-12: When it comes to Austin, you have to wonder "what if". What if Bzdelik had been able to surround Dufault with a big man that allowed him to play either a shooting 4 or a big 3? That was what Dufault was recruited as, and he could have been amazing in that role. Unfortunately, due to injuries and some players just not working out, Austin was forced to play the center against guys much bigger than him. Finally under Coach Boyle, Austin was able to develop a low post game that when combined with his outside shooting touch, allowed him to become a solid offensive weapon. He was third on the team in offensive efficiency (behind Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson) and was best on the team in turnover rate. Like Nate, Austin should find himself a solid gig playing overseas, but I'm hoping that he too will be able to return to see the PAC-12 Champions banner be raised. Trey Eckloff Forward 6'10" 230 lbs. Senior Englewood, CO #55MPGPPGRPGOR%DR%APGTORateSPGBPGFG%3PT%FT%eFG%Poss%ORtg22.214.171.124N/AN/A0.4N/A0.00.128.6%50.0%N/AN/AN/AN/A2011-12: The big man from Cherry Creek played 10.1 mpg in his freshman year at CU but then due to rotations, injuries and illness ended up finding less and less PT while at CU. He only played in 8 games this season and was severely limited down the stretch due to a battle with mono that plagued him. Eckloff also has the unfortunate distinction of having played ball with AllBuffs' own Rugged while in high school. Nate Tomlinson Guard 6'3" 185 lbs. Senior Sydney, Australia #1MPGPPGRPGOR%DR%APGTORateSPGBPGFG%3PT%FT%eFG%Poss%ORtg29.75.52.00.6%7.1%3.026.2%0.90.039.0%34.3%70.5%50.6%12.8%99.92011-12: The player that Buffs fans loved to hate (or hated to love). There are very few players as polarizing as Nate, but the two things that everyone could agree is that very few players cared as much about the team as Nate did and that when he was on his game, the team was operating at a much higher level. When you look at his numbers, you don't see someone who will be hard to replace. He has a high turnover rate for a PG, a slightly below average offensive rating and was involved in less possessions than everyone on the team except for Chen, but Nate's leadership and defense are going to be hard to be matched next season. Nate should be able to get a gig playing overseas somewhere, but I hope that he can find a way to make sure he's back in Boulder when we raise the PAC-12 Champions banner. Without him, it wouldn't have been possible.