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CU Buffs to open NCAA as 8th seed vs. Pittsburgh

CU Buffs Tre'Shaun Fletcher, left,  George King, second from left, Ben Mills and other members of the CU Buffs men's basketball team react to being chosen to play Pittsburgh in the NCAA tournament while watching the results live in Boulder,  Co on March 16, 2014.  The entire team met at Coach Tad Boyle's house to see where they landed in the second round of the tournament.  The team earned the number 8 seed in the South Region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. They will play Pittsburgh, the number 9 seed,  in a second round game Thursday, March 20 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

CU Buffs Tre'Shaun Fletcher, left, George King, second from left, Ben Mills and other members of the CU Buffs men's basketball team react to being chosen to play Pittsburgh in the NCAA tournament while watching the results live in Boulder, Co on March 16, 2014. The entire team met at Coach Tad Boyle's house to see where they landed in the second round of the tournament. The team earned the number 8 seed in the South Region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. They will play Pittsburgh, the number 9 seed, in a second round game Thursday, March 20 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

BOULDER — It has often been said the only thing worse than being left out of the NCAA Tournament is drawing a No. 8 or No. 9 seed. That’s because the winner of the 8-vs.-9 matchup faces a No. 1 seed.

Good thing Colorado’s players don’t feel that way.

The Buffaloes (23-11) are seeded eighth in the South Regional and will open tournament play Thursday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., against No. 9 seed Pittsburgh (25-9), with the winner all but certain to face top-seeded Florida on Saturday.

The NCAA Tournament selection committee granted Florida (32-2) the overall No. 1 seed among the 68-team field.

“If you think you’re the best, you have to play the best,” Colorado junior guard Askia Booker said. “To be honest, when I saw ‘Florida’ pop up, I wanted us to pop up on there too.”

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