It's a matchup that would be ripe with intriguing storylines.

And it is one Colorado Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle is not yet ready to speculate about.

If the Buffs can reverse the trend of their previous one-and-done NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014 with a victory against UConn on Thursday, it would set up a likely showdown against top-seeded Kansas on Saturday.

Boyle, of course, played for Kansas in the mid-1980s after starring at Greeley Central High School. CU's leader was a part of two KU NCAA Tournament teams in 1984 and 1985.

The Jayhawks received the No. 1 seed in the South Region and face No. 16 Austin Peay in the first round following the CU-UConn matchup. Austin Peay became the first No. 8 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference to win the league tournament.

"It would be a great opportunity because it means we would have advanced, but we're not going to put the cart in front of the horse," Boyle said. "The one great thing about the NCAA Tournament it it's a one-and-done affair. That's what makes it so unique. It's not a best-of-seven series or best-of-five. It's win or you go home, and a lot of things can happen.

"I'm sure KU is not looking forward to Colorado. They're not looking forward to UConn. They're trying to figure out how to beat Austin Peay. We're doing the same thing. But if it happens, another great opportunity. You can't ask for anything better than to play a No. 1 seed."

Boyle joked that he hoped the KU faithful would remember him enough to root for the Buffaloes as CU faces UConn prior to the Jayhawks' tipoff.


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"I'm hoping a few of them remember me from back in the day and will support the Buffs," Boyle said.

Quotable

"Don't sleep on the Pac-12."

— CBS analyst and basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who suggested during the selection show that the league has been overlooked nationally heading into the NCAA Tournament.

 

Fairview grad goin' dancin'

Fairview alum Brent Wrapp is headed to the NCAA Tournament with Cal State-Bakersfield. 

The Roardrunners won the Western Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday to earn their first tourney berth since the program began play at the Division I level in 2007-08. Wrapp was held scoreless in a thrilling WAC final that went to the wire, but he has been a regular starter and key contributor  for the Roardrunners.

A redshirt sophomore guard, Wrapp has appeared in all 32 games (30 starts) and led Cal State in assists for the second consecutive season.

The 15th-seeded Roadrunners will play No. 2 Oklahoma in a first-round game Friday in Oklahoma City. Wrapp was named the 2013 BoCoPreps.com boys basketball Player of the Year.

 

Notable

CU matched its best seed position since the tournament went to a national-seeding format in 1979. The Buffs also were a No. 8 seed in 2014...The Buffs boast an all-time tournament record of 10-15, including 1-3 in three previous appearances under head coach Tad Boyle...The Buffs have hit a program-record 250 3-pointers this season.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07