After starting out 3-0 in Pac-12 play, the Colorado Buffaloes have fallen back to earth with back-to-back losses to the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal. That puts them 1.5 games behind those two teams, as they are both tied for first place in the Pac-12. But in SB Nation's latest edition of SB Nation's Bracketology 2012, the Colorado Buffaloes have dropped out from being a No. 12 seed to contending for a spot in the NIT once again.
The Buffs are 11-6 overall, but unless they come close to running the tables or win the Pac-12 tournament, the Buffs won't have a case for the NCAA Tournament, unlike last year when they did. The Pac-12 is going to struggle to get two teams in this season anyway, and Cal and Stanford are the two aiming for those spots right now.
The Denver Pioneers, 14-4 and in overall second place in the Sun Belt, would need to win the Sun Belt Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament. Middle Tennessee State makes the cut since the team has the best record in the conference for now.