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NCAA Tournament-- Baylor vs. Colorado Pre-Game Notes

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We're just under two hours out from Baylor's matchup vs. Colorado in the round of 32 tonight in Albuquerque. To say that things changed dramatically since the last time I updated you about the Big XII's play in March Madness would be the understatement of the century. First and foremost, tiny Norfolk State University shocked Missouri yesterday afternoon in what would be the precursor to an even bigger upset in our own region later in the evening when Lehigh beat Duke. The latter game eliminated the second seed from Baylor's part of the bracket and, in combination with Xavier's win over Notre Dame, cleared the way for Baylor to make a run to the Elite Eight facing only double-digit seeds. Obviously we have to beat Colorado tonight, and they are definitely not slouches by any stretch, but it's starting to look a lot like 2010 all over again. If Baylor wins tonight they will face the winner of tomorrow's game between Lehigh and Xavier at 6:45 CST. Another game in our region to watch will be that between the eighth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones and Kentucky, the highest overall seed in the tournament. If Iowa State pulls off that upset, and I really don't think they will, we'd really have something going in our region.

As for tonight's game, the spread opened yesterday at Baylor +7.5 (if such things mean something to you) and has actually gone upward one-half of a point in several books since then. I don't have access to Pomeroy's subscription page, but I would assume that he has Baylor predicted to win the game by something around that amount, if not more. Most prognosticators I've seen talk about this game have Baylor winning comfortably. I hope they're right.

For more information about how the two teams stack up tonight and links about the game, head below the jump.

In case you missed Tim's excellent preview, I suggest you go back and read that before anything I write here. Don't worry, I'll wait.

Ready to continue? Great. Here's what the two teams did on paper this year. For every possible statistic you could ask for head-to-head, click here.

Rank and Records CU
BAY
RPI

#50

#9

Strength of Schedule

#82

#11

Overall

24-11

28-7

Conference

11-7

12-6

Home

14-2

14-3

Away

4-7

8-3

Top 25

1-1

3-5

RPI Top 50

3-3

9-7

Now let's get to the links:

Join us back here at 7:15 when the Game Thread goes up for the Baylor Bears vs. Colorado Buffaloes!