Having not played in the NCAA tournament since 1997, the Buffs could gaurentee themselves a spot at the big dance if they can win three or four of their final four games. Easy if all four games were at home, but they are not.
Colorado has two big but winnable games this week on the road, beginning tonight in Aimes, Iowa. This is not your father's Iowa State Cyclones.
Iowa State enters the game in 10th place in the Big 12 with a 13-10 / 3-9 record. They are 11-4 at home this season, having lost to Boston College, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Tech, but have had several close calls.
Colorado could make a statement to the NCAA selection committee by winning a conference road game. The Buffs are 0-6 away from the Coors event Center and history shows the committee looks down on a team that can't win on the road.
After tonight's Iowa State game, Colorado travels to Baylor to take on the 9th place Baylor Bears (13-10/4-8).
Colorado has already beaten the Cyclones once this season, 84-69 on February 8th in Boulder after running out to a 16-0 lead.
Things are not well in Cyclone land either. Clint Varley, a reserve forward, was suspended after being arrested on drunken driving charges. The already thining Cyclone roster has already lost center Chris Alexander who quit the team last month and guard Marcus Jefferson, who went home to Chicago to be with his sick mother. It is not known if Jefferson will be back tonight.
The Buffs could make a huge statement tonight and pop the "bubble team" label with a victory.