|Chucky Jeffery, a first-team All-Pac-12 performer, has helped lead the Buffs through a sterling regular season campaign.|
While they don't have to play Thursday night (a gift to be sure), on Friday they'll probably be tasked with Washington, playing essentially a road game against the local Huskies. While CU handled UW the only time they played, it was in Boulder, and by a relatively slim seven point margin. The rematch won't be easy.
|A CU/UW rematch won't be an easy post-season opener for the Buffs. From: the BDC|
Add it all up, and the Buffs scored a damn tough bracket. There was some talk yesterday that CU has the ability to win the tournament, and they certainly do. But I see a pseudo-road game followed up by the league's #1, and I get a little nervous.
|Stanford, and star forward Chiney Ogwumike (#13), would be a tough draw for the semi finals.|
The ladies are probably looking at either a 4- or 5-seed, depending on how things shake out in Seattle. That's probably fair, and, with CU hosting the first two rounds at the CEC, the team will have a great chance to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in a decade. One scenario I'd love to see? Top-25 Nebraska getting sent to Boulder as the other half of the 4/5 combo. The committee likes to keep travel costs down, afterall...
Of course, the problem with a 4/5 seed is that a #1 looms should you get past the first weekend. In a year with a dominant set of 1-seeds, that's essentially a death sentence.
It's March, though. There are no easy games in the third month of the year, so I can't really complain about the difficult matchups headed CU's way. It'll now be left to the women to capitalize on the opportunity they've earned for themselves, and make some noise.