Sunday was a day for celebration for the Colorado men's basketball program.

Monday, it was back to work.

The Buffaloes (23-11) hit the practice floor Monday afternoon in preparation for Thursday's NCAA Tournament second round game against Pittsburgh (25-9). The teams are set to tip-off at 11:40 a.m. MDT from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

"You have to put it in the past quickly, because the celebration is very short-lived," head coach Tad Boyle said of Sunday's NCAA Selection Show. "It's exciting, it's a good day. But, as soon as everybody cleared out, it's time to go to work. Today is a practice day. You have to get better today and prepare for the task at hand, which is Pittsburgh."

Many of the Buffs remember last year's NCAA Tournament, which ended quickly for CU. The Buffs fell behind by 16 at halftime and eventually lost to Illinois, 57-49, in their opening game.

"I think you learn how much it stinks to lose in the first round," sophomore Josh Scott said. "You don't want that feeling. The feeling, you carry that with you, and you don't want to feel that for a whole summer."

That's why the Buffs didn't waste too much time celebrating Sunday's selection.

"Nobody is just satisfied with just getting in the tournament," sophomore Xavier Talton said. "We obviously want to go as far as we can. I think that's what we plan on doing."

Dealing with doubles

The 6-foot-10 Scott had a frustrating week in Las Vegas during the Pac-12 Tournament, as opponents double-teamed him constantly.

Pittsburgh likes to double-team post players, too, so Scott and the Buffs need to figure out a better way to deal with it than they did last week.

"For me personally, I know I need to work on those double teams," said Scott, who averaged just 9.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in three games in Las Vegas. He came into the week averaging 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for the season. "It would certainly help if I could play better than I did last week."

In addition to his scoring and rebounding going down, Scott made just 29 percent of his shots (9-for-31) and had three turnovers in each of the three games. He had just three three-turnover games all season going into last week.

The troubles weren't all Scott's fault. The Buffs realize they need to help Scott when he is doubled.

"We're going to work on it," Boyle said. "In the game of the basketball, if there's two guys guarding one of yours, somebody is open. We've got to find that guy, we've got to get the ball moved and get them in rotations. The fact that they double the post at times can be a good thing for us, if we handle it the right way."

Boyle said the Buffs need to get the ball to Scott deeper on the block, because that will space the floor and give Scott room to work. When Scott doesn't get the ball deep, he's got to make better decisions with the ball, Boyle said.

"That's something he's done at times this year much, much better," Boyle said of Scott's decision making. "He struggled with it last year. He really struggled in the Pac-12 Tournament. Guys were coming on him pretty quick. He doesn't like getting double teamed, but he's got to get used to it, because that's the ultimate sign of respect as a post guy is when they double you.

"We just have to make them pay."

Left out

The NCAA Tournament is the ultimate goal for college basketball teams, but Boyle said he believes too much emphasis is placed on getting there, and not enough emphasis is placed on the journey to get there.

With so much emphasis on the NCAA Tournament, he said, people tend to forget the quality of teams that don't get in.

"There's a lot of good teams that aren't in this tournament," he said. "SMU is one of them, my old coach (Larry Brown). They're an NCAA Tournament team. Utah, the way they're playing right now ... they are an NCAA Tournament team. They could beat half the teams in the field."

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