The South Bracket has opened up tremendously in the first two days of the dance, as some of the top teams in the bracket have been dismissed. Now, the Baylor Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes know that the door has swung open for both of these former Big XII foes when they meet in the Round of 32 on Saturday night.
The Buffs have to find it a bit ironic that they are the only team that is left standing representing their new conference, the Pac-12, and yet they have to face a team now in Baylor that they used to take on once, twice, and sometimes even three times in a season. There is no denying that this is a Colorado team that is on fire with four straight wins, four of which came with an ATS victory as well. The key has been the defense. There have definitely been some issues, and you can see all about those issues when you see the 173 points that the Buffaloes allowed to the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers in the final two games of the regular season. Now, this unit has conceded just 64 points or fewer in all five of these games, including just 64 in the narrow escape from the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in their first tourney game. Andre Roberson was a beast on the glass in that win coming down with 16 boards as a part of a tremendous 43 rebound performance for Colorado as a team.
With the talent that the Bears have, there is no doubt that this is s a team that has to feel as though it has to get to the Elite 8 right now. The Duke Blue Devils are gone and there are nothing but double digit seeds waiting between Baylor and a spot against the Kentucky Wildcats for the right to go to the Final Four, and anything less than reaching that point would now be considered a woeful disappointment. There were many that thought the South Dakota State Jackrabbits were going to give the Bears fits. Now, it is true that this wasn’t the easiest game in the world, as the Summit League champs never went away. That being said, Perry Jones III had 11 boards and made up for a day where he scored just two points and shot 1-of-6 from the floor. Four others scored at least 10 points, proving just how deep this team is as well, and Quincy Acy, one of the top scorers on the team wasn’t one of those men that got to at least 10 points on the game.
The Final Word: This run for Colorado has to come to a close at some point, and we think that this is going to be the end of the line for the Pac-12 in the dance. Baylor is a significantly better team, and it isn’t going to underestimate this squad that it knows so much about in this one.
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Baylor Bears Pick: Baylor Bears -7.5
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