The Colorado State Rams and Colorado Buffaloes will be playing basketball in March, with both programs being invited to play in the NIT.
Both the University of Colorado and the Colorado State Rams have made the National Invitational Tournament, it was announced by the NCAA on Sunday.
The Rams were awarded the number four seed in the University of California’s quadrant while the Buffs were given the fifth seed in Illinois State’s bracket of eight.
The tournament, which commences on Tuesday, consists of 32 teams and is split into four brackets of eight teams. Each bracket is named after the number one seed in that quadrant and the team with the better record hosts each game up until the semi finals.
From there, the remaining four teams fight it out for the NIT title at the mecca of basketball; Madison Square Garden.
Colorado State (23-11), have been matched up against Charleston University (25-9) in the first round while Colorado (19-14), will take on the University of Central Florida (21-11).
If both the Rams and Buffs are successful in the opening round, they face the possibility of playing their quadrants first seed in the second round of the tournament.
The Buffs find themselves in the NIT after an up-and-down season. The team lost their opening seven games in the Pac-12 before finishing the season 8-10 in conference play. They made it to the second round of the Pac-12 tournament thanks to a win over California but were eliminated by the number two seed Arizona, who went on to claim the Pac-12 title.
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Colorado State had a more successful season, finishing second in the Mountain West conference with a 13-5 record, just one win shy of Nevada. The Rams survived a number of scares to make it to the Mountain West tournament final, before falling agonizingly short of the title and a spot in the NCAA tournament, going down to Nevada 79-71.
The Buffs are in action on Wednesday when they travel to take on UCF while the Rams host Charleston at Fort Collins on Tuesday.