Selection Sunday is days away. One area team looks like a lock in for March Madness. Another has a strong shot and a third needs quite a bit of help to get in.
The Colorado State Rams (24-4), ranked No. 23 in this week’s AP poll, look to have secured a spot to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly a decade. And possibly getting their highest-ever seeding in the bracket.
The Wyoming Cowboys (24-7) — filled with several former Colorado prep stars — are in a strong position for March Madness as they have a strong performance in the Mountain West Tournament.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Buffaloes (20-10) look like they’re going to need some help to make their sixth appearance in the Tad Boyle era. Win the Pac-12 tournament and they’re guaranteed a spot. Make a strong run, say to the conference championship, and it may open the eyes of committee members.
Here’s a look at where national outlets place each of these teams entering Wednesday’s games:
Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller: No. 7 seed in the west against No. 10 Rutgers
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm: No. 6 seed in the west against No. 11 Loyola Chicago
NCAA.com’s Andy Katz: No. 7 seed in the east against No. 10 TCU
Sports Illustrated: No. 6 seed in the south against No. 11 Wake Forest
Kevin Sweeney writes, “The Rams are 5–2 vs. Q1 and 12–3 overall vs. the top two quadrants. Results-based metrics like the KPI (No. 16) and strength of record (No. 27) love the Rams, and a nonconference win over Saint Mary’s is huge. CSU is currently on SI’s No. 6 line, but a No. 5 seed isn’t out of the question.”
Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller: No. 12 seed in the East in a play-in matchup against No. 12 Xavier. Wyoming is listed as the fourth-to-last in.
Miller writes, “The regular-season-ending overtime win over Fresno State was critical for Wyoming, which had lost four of its previous six games to plummet onto the bubble. But with terrible predictive metrics (particularly from BPI), three not-great losses (at UNLV, at New Mexico, Stanford in Hawaii) and just two home wins over projected tournament teams (Colorado State and Boise State), Wyoming can ill afford to lose its MWC tournament opener against UNLV — which is a home game for the Rebels, by the way.”
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm: No. 9 seed in the west against No. 8 Murray State
NCAA.com’s Andy Katz: The first of the first four out.
Katz writes, “Wyoming gets a rematch against UNLV to open the Mountain West conference tournament on March 10. With a solid tournament performance, the Cowboys have the potential to rise back into the projected field.”
Sports Illustrated: No. 12 seed in the west in a play-in matchup against No. 12 Notre Dame. Wyoming is listed as one of the last four teams in.
Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller: Listed as one of the teams under consideration after the last four out.
NCAA.com’s Andy Katz: Not listed, but is No. 36 on Katz’s Power 36 rankings. “Don’t sleep on the Buffaloes,” he writes. “Colorado has won two in a row, including a home win over Arizona.”
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