This has been a year of transition for Austin Dufault. In January, he was adjusting to a role as a featured player on the Colorado men’s basketball team. By March, he and the Buffaloes were dancin’ in the NCAA Tournament.
There have been some learning curves for Austin Dufault in his transition from the high-profile life of a NCAA Division I college basketball player to the nearly invisible existence as the lone American on his professional basketball team in the Czech Republic.
North Dakota is not known as a hotbed of NCAA Division I athletic talent. But in the 2011-12 school year, athletes from the Peace Garden State made impacts at some of the nation’s biggest universities and helped their teams hoist championship trophies on the grandest of collegiate stages.
LOS ANGELES — Freshman Spencer Dinwiddie scored 14 points, Carlon Brown added 13 and Pac-12 newcomer Colorado upset Arizona 53-51 Saturday to win the league's tournament championship and earn the school's first NCAA tournament bid since 2003.
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