The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the Colorado Buffaloes will receive a No. 11 seed in the South Region. The Buffaloes' first opponent will be the No. 6 UNLV Rebels, and they will play on Thursday, March 15, in Albuquerque, N.M.. If the Buffaloes win their first matchup, they will face the winner of the No. 3 Baylor Bears and No. 14 South Dakota St. Jackrabbits on Saturday.
Colorado earned the No. 11 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament after completing a surprising run in the Pac-12 conference tournament. Seeded sixth, the Buffaloes topped Utah in the first round, upset Oregon in the quarterfinals, defeated California in the semifinals and held off Arizona, 53-51, in the championship game Saturday.
Here's a look at the South Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:
No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky (Thursday) No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 UConn (Thursday) No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 VCU (Thursday) No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State (Thursday) No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh (Friday) No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier (Friday) No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State (Thursday) No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado (Thursday)
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