Bracket Projection: Colorado

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Buffaloes in points and assists per game this season. Casey Sapio/USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since the early 1960s, the Colorado Buffaloes are in the NCAA tournament for consecutive years. Last year, they even picked up a win. What do Tad Boyle and his team have to do to take the program one step further in the 2013 postseason?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

Somewhat surprisingly, the Buffaloes are seeded two lines higher than both Oregon and Cal. Then again, Colorado went 3-1 in games against those Pac-12 rivals. I just think Illinois has played better teams in tougher places and will be able to prevail in this second-round matchup. This season, at least, there was no comparing the Big Ten and Pac-12.


Best wins: Colorado State, Arizona, Cal, at Oregon, Oregon

Worst losses: at Wyoming, at Arizona State, at Washington, at Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State