Mar 16, 2014 7:04 PM by Greg Smith
BOULDER - The University of Colorado men's basketball team has earned the No. 8 seed in the South Region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will play No. 9 seed Pittsburgh in a second round game on Thursday, March 20 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
Colorado, 23-11 overall, finished tied for third in the final Pac-12 Conference standings. The Buffaloes were the No. 5 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and advanced to the semifinal round of a league championship for the third time in the last four seasons (includes 2011 Big 12 Championship).
Pittsburgh, out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is 25-9 overall also finishing fifth in the final ACC standings.
The winner of Thursday's game would play either overall No. 1 seed Florida or a pair of No. 16 seeds Albany (18-14) or Mount St. Mary's (16-16) on Saturday. Albany and Mount St. Mary's play in a first round game Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.
For the first time in program history, Colorado will make a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Buffaloes make their 13th overall trip to the "Big Dance" which includes two Final Fours (1942 & '55). Colorado is 10-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the first ever meeting between Colorado and Pittsburgh.
Game times have yet to be determined. General public tickets are available here for 2nd and 3rd round games.