The Colorado State Rams surprised nearly everyone in 2011-12 by putting together a 20-win, NCAA tournament season. Coach Tim Miles parlayed that into a job with Nebraska. Enter Larry Eustachy and Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson and things got even better -- a school-record win total (25-7) and second-place finish in the Mountain West. So what has to go right for the Rams to cap their dream season with a deep tournament run?
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.
The Rams can stifle anyone, but are not quite as good as their computer numbers suggest. Especially away from home, where they posted all of their quality regular-season wins. I think Colorado State will have trouble keeping up with Missouri offensively, and that will the difference in their second-round game in Lexington. But two straight NCAA bids is nothing to be ashamed of.
Best wins: UNLV, San Diego State, Boise State
Worst losses: at Illinois-Chicago, at Boise State