Denver Sports Omelette: How Colorado players fared in the first weekend of March Madness

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The first weekend of March Madness has come and gone. No Colorado group made the championship, but a few players from the country were in action. Here’s a look at how they fared.

NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins — Regis High School
Perkins averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals for the No. 1-seed Bulldogs.

Michigan guard Luke Wilson — Boulder High School
The sophomore from Boulder appeared in two games and tallied a turnover.

Iona guard Ben Perez — Air Force Academy Prep School
The 6-foot-4 junior struggled against top-seeded North Carolina, shooting 0-for-3 from beyond the arc and finishing with only three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

NIT

Colorado Buffaloes — Tad Boyle’s 23-12 squad advanced to the third round after beating Norfolk State on Monday. They play No. 2-seed Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sophomore guard Tyler Bey leads the team, averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Indiana forward De’Ron Davis — Overland High School
In two wins for the Hoosiers, the 6-10 junior averaged 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds.

Harvard guard Justin Bassey — Colorado Academy
The junior averaged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists, but Harvard dropped in the next round to North Carolina State.

Providence guard Alpha Diallo — Denver West
The Friars dropped in the first round to Arkansas, but Diallo put up 12 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in a losing effort.

Xavier guard Keonte Kennedy (born in Aurora) and San Diego guard Andy Nelson (Holy Family) didn’t play.

Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post

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What’s on Tap?

Avalanche: Vegas Golden Knights, 8 p.m. Wednesday, ALT | Buy tickets
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Scoreboard

NBA: Nuggets 95, Pistons 92
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Quick Hits

+ Former NFL executive Carmen Policy chosen by league to get involved in Broncos ownership dispute

+ Broncos Mailbag: Draft Drew Lock or Devin White? Never assume anything with John Elway

+ O’Halloran: Vic Fangio not worried about what Broncos failed to do in 2018

+ Rockies Recap: Nolan Arenado, Daniel Murphy homer; Jon Gray roughed up

+ “How hungry are we going to be? ” Nuggets confronting question marks with playoffs looming

+ Backpass: The Colorado Rapids can’t dance at two weddings. They need to choose where to bust a move

+ Tommy Smith’s return to the Colorado Rapids has attracted a steadying force

+ Tim Miles fired as Nebraska guys ’s basketball head coach

+ Jacob deGrom agrees to $137.5 million, 5-year deal with Mets

+ BYU’s Dave Rose retiring: “Coaching soul stated it was time”

Post Mailbag forms

+ Broncos Mailbag: Have a question about the group? Ask Ryan O’Halloran here.

+ Nuggets Mailbag: Have a question about the group? Ask Mike Singer here.

+ Avs Mailbag: Have a question about the group? Ask Mike Chambers here.

+ Rockies Mailbag: Have a question about the group? Ask Patrick Saunders here.

By The Numbers

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Parting Shot
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