Kansas holds off Buffs

Few expected Colorado to beat No. 2 Kansas today in the Big 12 tournament semifinals, and the Jayhawks once again proved too much for the Buffs. But Colorado played well and pushed Kansas all the way to the end, an effort that will only help the Buffs' NCAA tournament chances.

Colorado raced to an early double-digit lead in the first half but couldn't sustain it over time. Kansas gradually wore down the Buffs to take a lead into the locker room at halftime.

Midway through the second half the Jayhawks led by 20 before Colorado began some trimming of its own.

Four Kansas players scored in double figures and the Jayhawks' depth once again proved too much for CU.

Alec Burks led the Buffs with 23 points but didn't play his best game. Levi Knutson came off the bench to score 17 and was the only other CU player to score in double figures.

Playing the final Big 12 game of his career, senior Cory Higgins struggled badly. He made only one of 11 shots and scored just six points one day after taking over against Kansas State and scoring 28.

CU received an unusual contribution from point guard Nate Tomlinson who made three of four 3-point attempts. Freshman Andre Roberson also was significantly less effective against the Jayhawks compared with the Wildcats. He scored nine points with five rebounds.

The Buffs now wait for the NCAA selection show on Sunday evening to learn if they will get a ticket to the dance. Conventional wisdom says they have earned a spot and will likely be a No. 10 or 11 seed. The Buffs might even be able to play a game or two in the first and second rounds being hosted in the Pepsi Center in Denver. We'll find out Sunday.


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