KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it comes to the Buffs, I guess you can label me a pessimist and an optimist this week.
My flight home from here is scheduled to leave on Saturday, which means I’ll be scrambling to change it on Friday night if Colorado upsets top-seeded Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals at the Sprint Center.
On the other hand, I did book a one-way ticket to Dayton, Ohio, on Monday, projecting the Buffs to be one of the last at-large teams selected for the NCAA Tournament.
The way the Buffs are playing it looks like I could be wrong on both reservations.
Cory Higgins and Alec Burks, who scored 28 and 24 points, respectively, during today’s 87-75 win over Kansas State, are playing as well as any guard combo in the country.
And Tad Boyle has proven to be a brilliant hire. CU’s first-year head coach appears to know what it takes to get teams to play their best in March.
After winning six of their last eight games — including a third victory over the 19th-ranked Wildcats — I believe CU has clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament and avoided the First Four play-in games in Dayton.
The only thing that would make this trip more impressive would be if the Buffs can end a 17-game losing streak against KU and force me to fly home on Selection Sunday.