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DES MOINES, Iowa - For the 33rd time in program history, the No. 9 seed UConn men's basketball team opens play in the NCAA Tournament when it challenges No. 8 seed Colorado in First Round action on Thursday, March 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. on TNT with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (24-10) earned an automatic berth in the national tournament after winning the 2016 American Athletic Conference championship on March 13 in Orlando, Fla. After a four-OT thriller over Cincinnati, Connecticut topped Temple in the semifinals before downing Memphis, 72-58, to claim its first American crown.
The Huskies are a perfect 6-0 in NCAA Tournament play under fourth-year head coach Kevin Ollie, who led the program to its fourth national championship during the 2014 campaign. In total, the program owns a 58-29 all-time mark in the event, reaching the Sweet 16 in 17 different seasons.
UConn owns a 31-5 (.861) mark in the first two rounds of the NCAA action over the last 18 seasons and is 17-2 in NCAA First Round games since 1990.
The Huskies will enter the tournament as a No. 9 seed for the third time since the seeding process began in 1979.
Thursday's meeting will be the first-ever between the two programs. Colorado (22-11) fell to Arizona, 82-78, on March 10 in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Buffaloes, who finished fifth in conference play, are led in scoring by senior Josh Scott (16.1), while sophomore Dominique Collier leads the squad in assists.
The winner of the UConn matchup plays a second round against the winner of the first round game between top-seeded Kansas and Austin No. 16 seed Austin Peay on Saturday.
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