Buffs face UNLV in NCAA tournament

PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) -- This time, the NCAA selection show couldn't spoil Tad Boyle's party.

A year ago, the Colorado coach hosted a gathering at his house to celebrate what he thought would be a spot in the tournament. Only, the festivities turned sullen when the Buffs were snubbed.

There was no chance of that happening Sunday as a flock of supporters showed up again at his place to see who the team was playing, not if they were playing.

Colorado (23-11) stormed through the Pac-12 tournament, winning four games in four days, to automatically earn the school's first NCAA tournament bid since 2003. The 11th-seeded Buffs face sixth-seeded UNLV on Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Colorado State also made the tournament as an 11th seed. The Rams play Murray State on Thursday in Louisville, Ky.