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Pac-12 Tournament 2012: Buffaloes Defeat Wildcats To Be Named Tournament Champions, 53-51

The Colorado Buffaloes, who knocked the California Golden Bears out of the Pac-12 Tournament, have gone on to defeat the Arizona Wildcats by a score of 53-51 in Los Angeles' Staples Center to be named tournament champions, earning an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. The Buffaloes, who held the Wildcats' late-game surge in check, will make it into the NCAA tournament this year for the first time since 2003 and for the 10th time in school history.

The Buffaloes were led by Spencer Dinwiddle, who scored 14 in the championship game against the Wildcats. Carlon Brown helped by adding 13 points and Andre Roberson chipped in 10 points. The Wildcats were led by Kyle Fogg in the losing effort, scoring 14, and Solomon Hill chipped in 13 points while Jesse Perry helped by adding 11.

The game came down to the final seconds as the Wildcats were within two of the Buffaloes. After two missed free throws kept Arizona alive, the Wildcats had the ball with plenty of time to force overtime or to win, but were unable to get a shot off, handing the Buffaloes the win.

Selection Sunday is tomorrow but the Buffaloes players and fans won't be surprised when their names are called. For more on the Buffaloes, head to The Ralphie Report and for a recap on the conference tournament follow SB Nation Bay Area's StoryStream. Make sure you head to SB Nation's College Basketball Hub for all the NCAA hoops action you can handle as Selection Sunday nears.