Buffs Accept NIT Bid, Will Travel to Orlando to Take on UCF

It was not the tournament the Buffaloes had aspired to play in going into the 2016-17 campaign, but after an 0-7 start to conference play, Colorado rallied enough to get selected into the NIT Tournament...

The fifth-seeded Buffs will play fourth-seeded UCF in a first-round NIT Tournament game at 5 pm (MT) on Wednesday in Orlando. The game will not be televised, but live streaming will be available on ESPN3. The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner of the contest between top-seeded Illinois and eighth-seeded UC Irvine in the second round.

It is an opportunity to play,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “We talked about the history of the NIT Tournament, and its historical significance. The NCAA Tournament is certainly more prestigious and the one everyone wants to be in, myself included, but the NIT is a great opportunity.

We're going to play some good teams if we have the opportunity to advance, and we're going to see it in the first game against Central Florida, the best field-goal percentage team in the country. So they [players] are excited to be playing, totally different feel than it was two years ago when it was the CBI.”

It is Colorado's 10th NIT appearance and first since 2010-11, Tad Boyle's first season as the Buffaloes' head coach. They advanced to the national semifinals that season as a top seed, and won the NIT back in 1940.

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