The No. 11 Colorado Buffaloes have advance to the Round of 32 following Thursday's victory over the No. 6 UNLV Rebels, 68-64. The Buffaloes advanced farther into the bracket then in their last appearance during 2003 when they lost as a No. 10 seed to the No. 7 Michigan St. Spartans, 79-64, in the first round.
Colorado had a 36-25 lead after the first half of the game and had as much as a 20-point lead in the second half before the Rebels made a late run. UNLV cut the lead to just three points, 67-64, with eight seconds left in the game after a Chace Stanback three-pointer, but Spencer Dinwiddie made one of two free throws to secure the victory with a cushion. Oscar Bellfield threw up a three at the buzzer, but it wouldn't have been enough to change the game.
Andre Roberson put in 12 points and 16 rebounds, the only double-double of the game, for the Buffs, but Askia Booker had a game-high 16 points. Austin Dufault and Carlon Brown put in 14 and 12 points, respectively.
UNLV managed to shoot just 32.4 percent from the field, lost the rebounding battle (46-33) and made just nine of 17 free throws. Anthony Marshall had a team-high 15 points while Mike Moser added 10 points and pulled down nine boards.
The Buffs will play the No. 3 Baylor Bears on Saturday.