A large smile spread across Spencer Dinwiddie's face on Sunday afternoon when the Colorado Buffaloes were announced as one of the 68 teams to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The junior point guard won't be able to play in the tournament, but he was pleased to see his teammates earn the right to do so.

"Very excited," Dinwiddie said. "If the team would have mailed it in and just not even tried any more, that would have been disrespectful to me and Tre."

Dinwiddie, the Buffs' best player, suffered a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 12 at Washington. Moments later, freshman Tre'Shaun injured his knee, too. Fletcher returned to action in a limited role last week, but Dinwiddie is done for the year.

Without the two of them, CU (23-11) finished the regular season and Pac-12 Tournament on a good note and they will be the No. 8 seed in the South Regional when they face No. 9 Pittsburgh on Thursday (11:40 a.m. MDT, TBS) in Orlando, Fla.

Dinwiddie said he still feels like he let the team down, because "I still think we would have been like a No. 2 or No. 3 seed." But, he also knew that his teammates put in a lot of work without him to get that No. 8 seed.

"I'm happy with the way it happened — the way everybody regrouped and changed roles and did what was necessary to get wins," Dinwiddie said.

Although he can't play this week, Dinwiddie also said there's a sense of pride that his class, which also includes guard Askia Booker, is the first to lead the Buffs to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

"It's a great accomplishment," Dinwiddie said. "First and foremost the credit goes to coach (Tad Boyle); he started this. And, it's a great compliment to my class."

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/brianhowell33.