Then they had to go on the road.
The venue was the Hilton Coliseum and a crowd of over 10,000 Iowa State fans. But the Cyclones have not been playing well and had lost several players to suspensions and personal issues. It was an opportunity for the Buffs to take advantage of a team that had just barely beaten Kansas State at home a week ago.
Then they stepped on the floor.
For some reason the Buffs were out played, out hustled and out everything else you could add here. They took a 15-13 lead and then suddenly turned into a high school team.
The Cyclones blew the game open with an 18-2 run in the first half and CU never recovered. The Big 12's player of the week Blair Wilson went 0-8 and CU's point guard Antoine McGee didn't score a point.
During that time the Buffs missed 10-11 shots, committed three turnovers and played no defense at all.
Michel Morandais finished with 19 points and David Harrison added 14, they were the only Buffs to score in double-digits.
After the game, Head Coach Ricardo Patton said he did not want to hear about the NCAA tournament. That's because the selection committee doesn't like teams that can't win on the road. They like even less teams that can't compete on the road.
The Iowa State fans, who have not had a lot to cheer about this season, had some fun by chanting N-I-T to the Buffs at the endof the game.
The NIT tournament is suddenly a strong possibility, as the Buffs have fallen to 16-10 but more importantly 6-7 in the conference.
So now the pressure is on. Colorado plays their last road game of the season Saturday at Baylor. Lose that game and they will need to beat Oklahoma State and Nebraska at home and hope the selection committee overlooks the fact the team went 0-8 on the road.
It's never easy.