Relief consumed Tad Boyle and the Buffs as they saw their name appear in the NCAA Tournament bracket. They have been snubbed, overlooked and underestimated in the recent years even as they continue their steady progress to being recognized the way they feel they deserved.
"I remember the days when Colorado was laughed at," forward Josh Scott asserted. CU's reputation - or lack thereof - on the hardwood in the not so distant past still drives some to doubt the Buffs. The head coach has led them to four straight 20-win seasons and yet another berth into postseason play.
"Now to be in the tournament three years in a row is a big testament to this program, the coaches and the players," he continued.
But as they sat and watched the selection show in the head coaches living room – he felt the intimate gathering was appropriate for his tight-knit group – the eagerness to prove their worth continued.
Colorado finds themselves squared off against a tough Pittsburgh Panthers team in their opening game. They're glad to have the No. 8 seed but it could very well have been higher. Boyle says they can't be picky in the seeding, that may come with time and success.
"It's not going to be one of those deals where we're happy to be there," Boyle confided. "If we go one-and-out we're going to be disappointed. It's not going to sit well with them or with me. The next step for this program is to not only get in the tournament but advance in the tournament."
A victory would likely mean a date with the No. 1 overall seed in the Florida Gators. Yet as they partially wished for a more becoming situation and seeding these Buffs also wouldn't have it any other way.