Preview: Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffs can make the tourney again, this time by pushing the pace

Updated: October 21, 2013, 9:59 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Spencer DinwiddieIsaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY SportsSpencer Dinwiddie thrived after switching to point guard last season.

Colorado Buffaloes

2012-13: 21-12 (10-8 Pac-12) Lost to Illinois 57-49, NCAA round of 64
In-conference offense: 0.99 points per possession (8th)
In-conference defense: 0.96 points per possession (1st)

In the two-year history of the Pac-12, California and Colorado are the lone schools -- not Arizona, not UCLA -- who can boast a pair of NCAA tournament trips. In the context of the program's history, that's a remarkable accomplishment for the Buffaloes. Already, they've reached the NCAA tournament as many times in their new conference as they did in a decade and a half in the Big 12 -- and more often than during their final 33 years in the Big Eight.