The Colorado Buffalos of the Pac-12 have one of the best NCAA Tournament profiles in the country (RPI: 14, SOS: 3), but are on a slide and should it continue, they could find themselves on the bubble come March.
The Buffs have now lost 3 of 4 to begin Pac-12 play, a start that leaves them right near the bottom of the standings. And their defense, a staple of their success in the early-season, has let them down, allowing 74 points per game during this downturn, about 10 points more than their prior season average, And unfortunately, their offense has been even worse.
Potential first-round prospect, forward Andre Roberson, averaging a double-double on the year, is falling short during this four game stretch: 7.5 points, shooting an atrocious 35 percent from the floor here with 11 total turnovers.
Another first-round prospect, point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, has been defensively stellar, but offensively, below par, shooting 41 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range.
Other prospects, Josh Scott and Askia Booker, had been playing well, so if Dinwiddie and Roberson can pick up their games, Colorado could get back on the right track.