SEATTLE – JR Payne's Colorado Buffaloes left nothing to chance in their third matchup with Utah this year.
After splitting their regular-season series with the Utes — both close games — the ninth-seeded Buffs raced to a 66-56 win over No. 8 Utah on Thursday in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament at Key Arena.
"There's nothing to lose," said Payne, who earned her first Pac-12 tournament victory. "We're going to play hard, we're going to have fun and we're just going to get after it." The win lifted the Buffs into a Friday quarterfinal matchup with top seed Oregon, set to tip off at 12:30 p.m. Coverage on 630 KHOW begins at 12:00 p.m. Friday with Cory Lopez and Carol Callan.