Colorado State basketball earns at-large bid to NCAA tournament
March 11, 2012
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- When Head Coach Tim Miles took over the reins of the Colorado State men’s basketball program five seasons ago, he clearly noted his goals for the program, stating time and time again: “We want to get to the NCAA tournament, and win when we get there.”
With Sunday’s announcement of the CSU men’s basketball team as a recipient of one of 37 at-large bids into the NCAA tournament field of 68, Miles and the Rams have made the championship for the first time in nine years, and the team will now have an opportunity to win in the tournament.
CSU’s tournament run begins Thursday when the 11th-seeded Rams face off against sixth-seeded Murray State (30-1) in the second round in Louisville, Ky.
The Rams’ selection into the NCAA field marks CSU’s ninth appearance in the national tournament, and the program’s first since the team won the 2003 Mountain West tournament and was seeded 14th in the Salt Lake City regional. Sunday’s selection marks the Rams’ first at-large berth to the NCAA field since 1990.
Colorado State returns to the postseason for a third consecutive season under Miles’ guidance, a feat accomplished during just two other stretches in the program’s 102-year history, under legendary mentors Jim “J.J.” Williams (1960-61 to 1962-63) and Boyd “Tiny” Grant (1987-88 to 1989-90).
Miles also joins Williams, Boyd, and predecessor Dale Layer, as one of four coaches in program history to lead the Rams to an NCAA tournament berth.