Tad Boyle opens up on Pac-12 NCAA Tournament bids

Tad Boyle opens up on Pac-12 NCAA Tournament bids

The Pac-12 clearly needs more teams in the NCAA Tournament.

This past year, only Arizona, UCLA and USC made the Big Dance, although a few others were on the fringe.

The Colorado Buffaloes were one team that was close to making the Field of 68, but they ended up earning an NIT bid and lost to St. Bonaventure in the first round.

In a recent piece by Jon Wilner of The Mercury News, Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle spoke to great lengths about what needs to change for the Pac-12 to get more teams in the tourney.

Boyle is spot-on.

They have to perform better in nonconference play, regardless of who they play. The Buffs caught fire late, but that loss to Southern Illinois in the early part of the season was too much to overcome.

The Pac-12 should be getting at least four to five teams in the field, and we all know that UCLA, USC and Arizona are stalwarts in the Big Dance for the time being.

Oregon is another program close to an automatic lock every year, and the Buffs, Washington, Washington State and others should all have solid arguments in 2022-2023 and going forward.

Boyle has a point, and let’s see if the Buffs can play better during their nonconference slate.

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Historically looking at the reported slate of CU men’s basketball nonconference games

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