March Madness Bracket 2011: Northern Colorado Plays SDSU In Big Dance; Colorado, Colorado State Play In NIT

Colorado got snubbed but is a No. 1 seed in the NIT. Colorado St. is a No. 3 seed in the same bracket. Northern Colorado will give it the old college try against the San Diego St. Aztecs.

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2011 NIT Tournament Bracket: Colorado A One Seed, Colorado State A Three Seed

The 2011 NIT Bracket has the Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado St. Rams as a No. 1 seed and a No. 3 seed, respectively, in the same bracket. The Buffs host No. 8 Texas Southern on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. Mountain. The winner faces the team to emerge from the No. 4 Cal vs. No. 5 Ole Miss matchup. The Rams host No. 6 Fairfield on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. MT. The winner advances to face the victory of No. 2 St. Mary's vs. No. 7 Kent State.

Alabama, Boston College and Virginia Tech received the other No. 1 seeds. All four No. 1 seeds were legitimate snubs by the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

NIT Selection Committee Chair C.M. Newton said the committee spent the most time deliberating on the No. 1 seeds because those teams host the opening round games. Will a championship be in the futures of Alec Burks, Cory Higgins and Levi Knutson?

Dayton, who won the 2010 NIT, will look to repeat. They are a No. 3 seed this time.

You can find the complete NIT field here.

Tournament Schedule (ESPN will have exclusive coverage)
March 15-16: First Round
March 18-21: Second Round
March 22-23: Quarterfinals
March 29: Semifinals
March 31: Championship Game

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2011: Colorado Snubbed; Northern Colorado Plays San Diego State

The Colorado Buffaloes were snubbed from the 2011 NCAA Tournament, while the Northern Colorado Bears took a 15 seed and will play No. 2 seed San Diego State in the West region. It will be an uphill battle for the Bears in their first NCAA Tournament appearance. But everyone in Colorado should be rooting for UNC as the underdog against the Aztecs.

As for the Colorado Buffaloes, here is what the Ralphie Report had to say:

The Buffs had a much better resume than many of the bubble teams that were inexplicably chosen to the tournament. Clemson, Michigan State, Michigan, UAB, VCU, USC the list goes on. The Buffs were shafted here, plain and simple.

The Buffs are almost certainly a lock for the NIT now, which should also feature the Colorado St. Rams.

To say this is a disappointment for Buffs fans in an understatement. It appeared that a run to the semifinals in the Big 12 tournament cemented the team's NCAA Tournament status, but the committee, for some reason, like those other teams better.

Need a printable NCAA bracket to fill out for the tournament? Download SB Nation's March Madness Bracket.

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Bracketology Predictions 2011 (Update): Colorado, Northern Colorado Learn Their Fates Sunday Afternoon

While the Colorado Buffaloes and the Northern Colorado Bears wait for their official NCAA bracket to be announced, Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation continues his latest Bracketology effort.

For the Colorado Buffaloes, they are in the "Next Four In" category, which means they will automatically make the field of 64. The Buffs are projected as a No. 12 seed) previously an 11-seed) facing the No. 5 seed Georgetown Hoyas in Tucson as part of the Southeast bracket. The Buffs may have their hands full with the Hoyas if that winds up as the actual seeding. The Big East has been a strong conference up-and-down the list the entire season.

As has previously been projected, the Northern Colorado Bears appear headed for a 15 seed in the West regional. They draw the No. 2 seed San Diego St. Aztecs in Tucson. Both teams won their respective conference tournaments, but the Bears will have a tough time staying in the game.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates on where the Buffs and the Bears will play this March Madness.

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