Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball to lean on home cooking in longshot chance at top-four finish
SEATTLE — The results around the league over the weekend made the quest for one of the top four spots in the Pac-12 Conference exponentially more difficult for the Colorado Buffaloes.
Impossible? No. But at this point, any scenario that might land the Buffs in one of those top four spots, which comes with a first-round bye at the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas in a little more than two weeks, will require a little help for the Buffs.
It also will require a clean sweep by the Buffs in their final three regular season games, all at home, beginning Saturday afternoon against Utah.
“It’s not going to be easy. We know Utah is a terrific team and they’re the best road team in our league, maybe other than Washington,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “We know USC and UCLA (after Utah) will have payback on their minds. We’ve got three quality teams coming in. But we are at home. I like the mindset of this team. We can’t take being at home for granted.
“We need to come out and play with great energy and great emotion and great toughness. We need great crowds. We want to be that team that when the brackets come out for Vegas, the other team says, ‘Dang, I don’t want to play Colorado.’ And the only way we become that team is to continue to improve and get better every day and play well. We have the ability to do that. There’s no doubt about it.”