NCAA Men’s Basketball

Men’s college basketball is alive and well in the state of Colorado. Both the CU Buffaloes and the CSU Rams are going to the big dance. The Buffs earned an automatic birth by winning the first ever Pac-12 tournament this past weekend. They earned an 11th seed and will play number 6 UNLV this Thursday night in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Rams were also seeded 11th and will take on Murray State Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.


The Denver Nuggets lost to the Memphis Grizzlies last night at the Pepsi Center, 94-91.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Peyton Manning spent nearly 6 1/2 hours at the
Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters and training facility on Sunday in
meetings designed to lure the superstar quarterback to the desert.
The session was even longer than the nearly six hours Manning
spent at the Broncos’ facility in Denver on Friday night.
Manning waved and smiled at cheering fans as he walked from the
building to coach Ken Whisenhunt’s white SUV. With the coach at the
wheel, Manning waved again as the SUV pulled through the security
gate and past the loud supporters. He was expected to return to his home in Florida. It was unclear whether the four-time MVP planned to meet with
the Dolphins.

NEW ORLEANS (AP)- Despite losing the SEC tournament final to
Vanderbilt 71-64 yesterday, the Kentucky Wildcats have secured the
No. 1 overall seed and top ranking in the South Regional of the
68-team NCAA Division I men’s basketball field announced yesterday.
Kentucky will play Thursday against the winner of Tuesday’s
Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky first round game.

ATLANTA (AP) – Similarly, the North Carolina Tar Heels fell to
Florida State 85-82 in the ACC tournament final but still snared
the No. 1 seed in Midwest Regional. The Tar Heels’ first NCAA
tournament action will come Friday in Greensboro, N.C., when they
play the winner of the Vermont/Lamar first round game.

UNDATED (AP) – Syracuse, which fell in the semifinals of the Big
East tournament, nevertheless was rewarded with the top seed in the
East Regional. The Orange open up Thursday in Pittsburgh against
North Carolina-Asheville.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The only No. 1 seed coming into the NCAA
tournament off a victory is Michigan State. Tom Izzo’s Spartans won
their first Big Ten tournament title since their 2000 national
championship season by knocking off No. 7 Ohio State 68-64 behind
Brandon Wood’s 24 points.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) –The 67-game NCAA tournament gets started
with a pair of doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday night in the
“First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio. BYU, a Sweet 16 team last
year, plays Iona and Mississippi Valley State takes on Western
Kentucky Tuesday night while Wednesday night’s twinbill features
Lamar vs. Vermont and South Florida taking on Cal.