It's not the same as Andre Roberson averaging nine points and 7.4 rebounds during the Western Conference finals. And it certainly won't generate the same buzz for Buffs fans as a long-anticipated deep run through the NCAA Tournament.
Nevertheless, a group of former Colorado Buffaloes basketball is getting together this summer to compete with some significant stakes in the balance.
After collecting the requisite level of fan support, Team Colorado will compete in The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-take-all tournament set for July.
According to the team's website, a number of prominent former Buffs are set to represent their former school, including the program's co-all-time leading scorer Richard Roby. The roster also is slated to include Alec Burks, Marcus Hall, and Austin Dufault. The roster does not have to be finalized until July 1.
Team Colorado was assigned to the West Region and will compete in Los Angeles on July 9. If the former Buffs advance they will play again on July 10. The Sweet 16 will be held in Philadelphia July 21 and July 22, with the Final Four scheduled for July 30 and August 2 in New York. All games from the Sweet 16 forward will air on one of the ESPN networks.
The Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination exhibition that began in 2014, and its winning purse has doubled each year to this season's total of $2 million. The squads for the 64-team field are chosen through a process of fan voting, with the top 11 vote-getting teams in each region receiving automatic bids alongside last year's semifinalists. Three teams in each region receive at-large bids, with the final four berths going to the teams that raise the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America through a program sponsored by the tournament.
Team Colorado received an at-large berth.