- Byron Scott has offer to coach Lakers, per report
- Chargers training camp 2014: Brandon Flowers ready to blossom with new team
- Raiders cut veteran Kevin Burnett
- Chargers open training camp on competitive note
- MVP performance a future glimpse of Ray McCallum
- Seattle Seahawks jerseys top NFLshop.com sales
- Angels acquire Huston Street from Padres
- NBA Summer League 2014: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson lead Lakers past Nuggets, 83-77
- Joe Torre on Hall of Fame: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’
- Clippers news: Glen Davis re-signs for 1-year, $1.2 million
March Madness 2013: Boise State playing for more than themselves
- Updated: March 18, 2013
Boise State is used to getting the short end of the stick when it comes to committees, computers and the like, but on Selection Sunday 2013, the NCAA Tournament selection committee gave them their due respect.
That’s because on Tuesday, the Broncos, like many times before in their football program, deserved to be recognized. This time around on the basketball side, however, the powers-that-be happened to agree rather than snub them as a second-tier school.
That means that they put together a season worth revisiting.
For starters, Boise State played in the Mountain West Conference, which for the first time in its history is sending five teams to big dance. Not only does that speak to the power of the conference itself, but it makes the accomplishments by the Broncos stand out even more. Though they were 9-7 in conference play, they had big wins over tourney-bound teams San Diego State, UNLV, Colorado State and played New Mexico tough in two losses against the Lobos. Their RPI of 44 doesn’t do justice to the fact that they competed in such a tough conference.
But the Broncos, led by dynamic sophomores Anthony Drmic (17.3 ppg) and Derrick Marks (16.3 ppg) can score in bunches, and that makes them a threat to win any game against the best competition. The biggest question is whether or not they can defend and rebound. They ranked 205th in rebounds per game going into the tournament, and will need to clean that up if they want to advance.
There’s more to it all, though. The Pac-12 and Oregon were each slighted when the Ducks were given a No. 12 seed as champions of the conference. Meanwhile, UCLA was given a sixth seed despite not having a roster at full-strength. Is the flip-flop an oversight, or a knock on the conference itself by the committee and a potential showing of East Coast bias?
There’s no way to know, but if Boise State wins on Tuesday and can string together a couple of more in Rounds 2 and 3, they’ll validate the committee’s decision and more importantly, college hoops out west.
That’s a cause that any West Coast sports fan can get behind.
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Byron Scott has offer to coach Lakers, per report - July 25, 2014
- Angels acquire Huston Street from Padres - July 19, 2014
- Clippers news: Glen Davis re-signs for 1-year, $1.2 million - July 18, 2014