NCAA Tournament March Madness

#205 N Colorado

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Northern Colorado's resume shows a team that can certainly put up points, as evidenced by the robust offensive output throughout the season—teams like Denver and Northern Arizona felt that firsthand. However, the glaring gulfs in their defense are almost as big as an open prairie sky, with even less resistant opponents like Idaho State and Texas A&M Commerce managing to run up the score. The Bears' out-of-conference schedule did provide opportunities to make a statement, but games against Colorado State and Colorado slipped through their fingers like sand. Sure, they've shown resolve in tight wins over Montana and Montana State, but the inability to consistently beat top-tier teams—or avoid being tripped up by lower-ranked conference adversaries—paints a clear picture. This is a quintessential case of a team that needs to hoist the conference tournament trophy to punch their ticket to the dance because their current body of work is unlikely to suffice.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/14Colorado St34L83-64
11/18@New Mexico St260L76-71
11/21(N)Chicago St310W78-77
11/29@San Diego251L74-72
12/2CS Northridge221W75-71
12/11@TX A&M Commerce330L101-99
12/21@Air Force288W83-79
12/30Northern Arizona287W92-77
1/3@North Dakota250W97-87
1/13@Montana St204L90-81
1/18CS Sacramento305W77-75
1/20Portland St249W90-61
1/25@E Washington143L77-74
2/1Idaho St264W91-86
2/3Weber St163L82-63
2/8Montana St204W73-70
2/15@Portland St249L82-72
2/17@CS Sacramento305W80-75
2/24E Washington143L85-76
2/29@Weber St163L85-81
3/2@Idaho St264W81-79
3/4@Northern Arizona287W82-74
3/10(N)Idaho St264L83-76