Mar 13, 2011 7:32 PM by Jordan Mason
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - The celebratory mood at Colorado coach Tad Boyle's watch party quickly turned sullen after the Buffaloes were left out of the NCAA tournament.
Colorado was hoping to make the tournament for the first time since 2003. Instead, it will probably be extended an invitation to the NIT.
Hardly what the team envisioned when Sunday began.
At 21-13 and with three wins over Kansas State, along with victories against Texas and Missouri, the Buffaloes figured to make the field.
But elation turned to devastation as the final bracket was revealed.
Boyle, in his first year at Colorado, sat in a recliner in his living room, staring in disbelief at the television. His former team, Northern Colorado, made the field as a No. 15 seed.
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