Broncos Earn NIT Bid, Will Take On UW
March 11, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State men's basketball was selected to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the NCAA announced Sunday. The Broncos will open tournament play Wednesday at Washington at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN3. Boise State (23-8) is a No. 4 seed while the Huskies are a No. 5 seed.

Boise State is unable to host as the higher seed because of the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament being at Taco Bell Arena this week.

This marks the 15th postseason appearance in school history, including the fifth in Leon Rice's eight seasons as head coach. Rice has led the Broncos to two NCAA Tournaments, two NITs and one College Basketball Invitational (CBI) berth. Wednesday's game will be the team's sixth all-time appearance in the NIT.

The NIT bids in 2017 and 2018 mark the first back-to-back postseason appearances for the program since 2008 and 2009 and the accompanying NCAA and CBI appearances, respectively.

The Blue and Orange were a No. 6 seed last season, defeating No. 3 seed Utah on the road in the first round, 73-68. Chandler Hutchison went for a season-high 34 points. Marcus Dickinson also tallied a season-high point total, going for 12 points in just 15 minutes of play. The Broncos later fell at Illinois in the second round, 71-56.

The Broncos' best performance in the NIT came in 2004 when they won two games in what was a 40-team field.

Boise State is 4-5 all-time in the NIT, previously appearing in the tournament in 1987, 1989, 1991, 2004 and 2017.

In addition, the three postseason appearances from 2014-18 marks the most postseason appearances in a five-season span in program history since 1991-95, which also resulted in three bids.

The Broncos are 1-8 all-time against the Huskies with the last meeting coming on Dec. 23, 1999 in what was a 72-57 loss in Seattle. The lone victory came at home the year before on Dec. 4, 1998 with a 69-61 Bronco win at Taco Bell Arena.

The two teams have also previously faced each other in the NIT. The meeting came on March 16, 1987 in Seattle with UW winning the game, 73-78.

Washington (20-12) finished the Pac-12 season in seventh place thanks to a 10-8 record.

Played annually since 1938, the NIT is the original and oldest national postseason tournament in college basketball. The NIT is a 32-team field with the first three rounds hosted on campus sites before the semifinals and championship are played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


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