Northern Colorado Bears Win Big Sky Conference, Earn NCAA Tournament Bid

Chris SorensenContributor IMarch 10, 2011

The University of Northern Colorado Bears won the Big Sky tournament last night, defeating the University of Montana Grizzlies, 65-60.

With that win the university will be getting its first automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament. No doubt this was the biggest win the school's basketball team has ever had.

It's quite remarkable that the university has been able to have success so quickly. The university only started competing in Division I athletics in 2007. The future is definitely looking bright in Greeley.

Previously, the Bears competed in Division II, where the school won the 1997 and 1998 national championships in football. That was really the only athletic success the school has had, up until now, that is.

UNC is in the midst of an amazing season, going 21-10 overall with a 13-3 Big Sky record. Being in the tournament will only have upside, considering that the university almost never gets any national TV exposure.

Congratulations to Northern Colorado, its fans and alumni.

It's probably a bit unrealistic to have too many expectations for the Bears, as they will probably have a low seed, but you never know, they could become the next Cinderella.

Hopefully, the Bears won't be the only Colorado team in the tournament. If the Buffaloes can sneak in, it would make for a very happy March Madness around the state.

Can't wait to see those Dancing Bears.

Related

    NC State star Torin Dorn withdraws from 2018 NBA Draft

    College Basketball logo
    College Basketball

    NC State star Torin Dorn withdraws from 2018 NBA Draft

    Diehards
    via Diehards

    AAU Player Dies After Collapsing During Game

    College Basketball logo
    College Basketball

    AAU Player Dies After Collapsing During Game

    Tyler Conway
    via Bleacher Report

    The 5 Most NBA-Ready Prospects

    College Basketball logo
    College Basketball

    The 5 Most NBA-Ready Prospects

    Jonathan Wasserman
    via Bleacher Report

    How Butler Hired Brad Stevens

    College Basketball logo
    College Basketball

    How Butler Hired Brad Stevens

    Yahoo
    via Yahoo