The family of Lucas Siewert has never watched him play in person since he joined the Colorado Buffaloes.

That will change over the next week and a half, as Siewert and the Buffs attempt to finish the regular season strong at home and bolster the club's precarious postseason credentials.

Siewert's mother, Silvia, and his older brother Marcos are visiting Boulder from their native Brazil and are scheduled to attend all three of the Buffs' final three regular-season games, a stretch that begins Saturday against Utah (4 p.m., ESPNU).

Siewert attended high school in Los Angeles, and he said his family has not visited the United States since his high school graduation.

"They haven't been to Boulder yet. This is their first time," Siewert said. "It's pretty special. They work a lot back home, so that's why they can't always come here. But it's pretty special for me personally."

Siewert's mother and brother will have a chance to watch the Buffs attempt to extend their season over the next week and a half.

CU remains alive for a top-four spot in the Pac-12 Conference standings, which comes with a first-round bye at the league tournament in Las Vegas in two weeks. However, it not only will require a clean sweep of the next three games, but the Buffs also will need help from results around the league falling into place as well.


Barring an unlikely run through the field in Vegas to the secure the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, the Buffs still can fortify a potential NIT bid with three straight wins against Utah and, next week, UCLA and USC. Despite a 16-11 overall record and a 7-8 mark in the Pac-12, the Buffs remain fourth in the Pac-12 in the pecking order of the NCAA's NET rankings. Winning three straight to close the regular season, alongside at least one win in Vegas, would leave the Buffs with, at minimum, a 20-11 record and a solid chance at reaching the 32-team NIT field.

On Wednesday, Boyle repeated last year's decree that while the Buffs would be happy to accept an NIT bid, competing in a third-tier tournament like the CBI, which CU accepted a bid to in 2015, will not be an option.

"We've put ourselves (in position) where every game, every time we step on the floor, the game means something," Boyle said. "I told our team today there's two kinds of teams this time of year — there's teams preparing for the postseason, and there's teams preparing for spring break. I asked them which group we're in and they answered the right one. But it's one thing to say that. It's another thing to come out and play that way. We're going to have play our way into the postseason.

"We're not talking about three at home. We're not talking about top-four seed. We're talking about getting better and trying to beat Utah."

For Siewert, the junior forward will attempt to give his family a better show than the erratic set of games he put together last week in Washington. After failing to grab a rebound while going 1-for-10 from the floor in 24 minutes during a loss at Washington State, Boyle relegated Siewert to the bench for the first time this season three nights later at Washington. He scored only four points but got back on the track on the glass with seven rebounds.

"I just focused on whatever I could to keep me on the court," Siewert said. "That was my mentality at Washington. I think I let my offense (at WSU) get into my head a little bit when my shots weren't falling. But you've just got to play through it."

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