Bronco Men Head to MW Championship
March 8, 2016
No. 3 Boise State (20-11, 11-7 MW)
No. 6 Colorado State or No. 11 San Jose State
Thursday, March 10 | 8:30 p.m. PT | Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center)
THE STAGE: Boise State (20-11, 11-7 MW) will open the 2016 Mountain West Championship as the No. 3 seed Thursday, at 8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT in the quarterfinals against the winner of Colorado State and San Jose State. The Rams and Spartans square off Wednesday, at 4 p.m. PT in the opening round.
ON TV: The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Channel Finder: DirecTV 221, Dish 158, Cable ONE 139/1139.
ON THE CALL: The Voice of the Broncos, Bob Behler, is back for his eighth season of calling Boise State men's basketball on the radio. Behler is joined by Bronco great Abe Jackson in his eighth year as the analyst. The game will be carried on the Bronco Radio Network, including flagship station 670 AM KBOI in Boise. A live audio stream is also available at BroncoSports.com.
GIANT KILLERS: Boise State is the only team in the field with wins against each of the top two seeds this season (No. 1 San Diego State and No. 2 Fresno State).
AT THE TOURNAMENT: In its fifth season as a member of the Mountain West, Boise State is 3-4 all-time at the conference tournament. The Broncos have advanced to the semifinals each of the past two years.
THREE SEED: This marks the first time Boise State has entered the MW tournament as the No. 3 seed and second time at any conference tournament (2004 WAC). It is the 10th time in program history the Broncos have been a top-three seed at any conference tournament, the third under Leon Rice.
ALL-MW: James Webb III was named first-team All-Mountain West by the league’s media and coaches. Mikey Thompson earned third-team honors from the media and coaches. Anthony Drmic picked up honorable mention recognition in the media vote.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-MW: James Webb III was named first-team All-MW by the league’s media and coaches. Webb picked up the 27th first-team all-conference honor in Boise State program history and became the 21st different Bronco to earn the distinction. He is the second first-team honoree for the Broncos since becoming a member of the Mountain West, joining last year’s league MVP Derrick Marks. It is the first time Boise State has had a first-team all-conference recipient in consecutive seasons since Coby Karl (2007) and Reggie Larry (2008) in the Western Athletic Conference.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Anthony Drmic will finish his career as one of the top-five scorers in Mountain West history. Drmic is currently joslting with Fresno State senior Marvelle Harris for the fourth and fifth positions on the list. The Boise State senior is the only player among the conference’s top 10 all-time scorers to never earn first-team all-league honors.
LATE-SEASON STRETCH: Prior to the regular-season finale, Boise State had won four of its previous six games- the two losses were the controversial ending at Colorado State and letting a 15-point lead at New Mexico get away in the final six minutes. Over those six games, the Broncos averaged 81.3 points per game and shot 47.8 percent from the field. During the stretch, Boise State was led by Anthony Drmic (18.3 ppg) and James Webb III (16.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg)- two preseason All-MW First Team selections.
GOING HARD IN THE PAINT: In the last five games, Boise State is averaging 40.7 points in the paint per game. The Broncos averaged 30.2 in their first 23 games against Division I opponents this season. Boise State outscored San Diego State in the paint 42-24 and shot 55 percent from inside the arc. The Aztecs entered the game holding opponents to 40.4 percent on two-point field goals this season. As a team, Boise State is shooting 57.1 percent on two-pointers in the last six games.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Nick Duncan was named to the 2015 Mountain West All-Tournament Team, the first Bronco to earn the award since Boise State joined the Mountain West. Duncan scored 34 points and made 10 three-pointers in two games.
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