The Colorado Buffaloes basketball program dates back to the early 1900s and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament occurred in 1940. It didn’t take long for the Buffaloes to make an impact in the Big Dance as they advanced to the Final Four in 1942 losing to Stanford 46-35. The Buffaloes would make their second Final Four in 1955, but again fell short in their quest to reach the national championship. Overall, Colorado has made more than 12 tournament appearances and have won over nine tournament games.
Under head coach Forrest B. Cox, the Buffaloes reached their first NCAA Tournament and their first Final Four. Cox led Colorado to three tournaments in his tenure with the Buffaloes. H.B. Lee took over for Cox in 1951 and led Colorado to their second Final Four in 1955. After Lee, Russell “Sox” Walseth took the reigns and coached the Buffaloes for 20 seasons and won over 260 games for Colorado. Walseth led the Buffaloes to three tournaments including back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in the early 1960s.
Colorado became a consistent force in college basketball in the early 1940s when they finally reached the tournament and went to a Final Four in 1942. In their second Final Four appearance that also resulted in a loss, the Buffaloes came up short against San Francisco 62-50. Colorado had 10 players score in the game with no one finishing the game in double digits.
Colorado Buffaloes Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2014, Colorado entered the NCAA Tournament as an eight seed after finishing the season with 23 victories. The Buffaloes squared off against Pittsburgh, but fell short as the Panthers won 77-48. Forward Josh Scott scored 14 points and finished with six rebounds for Colorado in defeat.