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03/13/2011 09:39 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

CU Basketball Snubbed By NCAA Tournament Selection Committee

CU basketball fans are reeling after being snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee on Sunday.

Despite widespread confidence that the CU Buffs would make their first NCAA tournament in years, the committee selected teams like Alabama-Birmingham, Virginia Commonwealth and Clemson over CU to round out the field of 68 teams vying for the national championship.

A win last week over then-23rd-ranked Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament was thought to have been the signature victory the team needed to secure an at-large bid to the tournament. However, the Buffaloes' weak non-conference schedule is thought to have hurt them in the eyes of the selection committee.

CU's omission has been widely criticized by college basketball gurus. ESPN's Dick Vitale called the selection a "raw deal." Jay Bilas, also of ESPN, called the CU's omission "indefensible."

In an interview with ESPN, CU coach Tad Boyle said he was "stunned" that the team won't be playing in the tournament.

CU will now play Texas Southern in the first round of the NIT tournament.

WATCH VITALE AND BILAS SLAM THE COMMITTEE:

WATCH TAD BOYLE TALK ABOUT BEING SNUBBED: