Broncos Get Rematch With Cowboys in Semifinals
March 13, 2015
Mountain West Championship Semifinal
No. 1 Boise State vs No. 4 Wyoming
Friday, March 13 | 6 p.m. PT | Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: Bronco Radio Network (Listen Live)
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler | Analyst: Abe Jackson
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball will meet Wyoming in the semifinals of the Mountain West Championship Friday, at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT in Las Vegas. The No. 1 seed Broncos (25-7, 14-4 MW) and No. 4 seed Cowboys (23-9, 11-7 MW) met just once in the regular season. Wyoming won in Laramie 65-54, sending the Broncos to 0-3 in MW play.
REMATCH: Wyoming is the only Mountain West team Boise State has not beaten this season. The teams met just once in the regular season, Jan. 10, in Laramie. The Cowboys won 65-54, after the Broncos led at halftime. The win was Wyoming's seventh in a row, the loss was Boise State's fourth consecutive. Since then, Boise State has won 15 of 16 games while Wyoming has gone 9-7. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 12-8, including a 4-3 edge since Boise State joined the Mountain West. This is the first meeting in the conference tournament.
IN THE SEMIS: Boise State will play in the semifinals of the Mountain West Championship for the second consecutvie season after failing to win a game in the tournament the first two seasons they Broncos were in the conference. It is the 17th semifinal appearance in school history.
MW CHAMPS: Boise State went 14-4 in Mountain West play to win a share of the conference championship with San Diego State. The Broncos swept the season series from the Aztecs to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. It is Boise State's first Mountain West title, sixth conference championship in school history and the first since 2007-08 (Western Athletic Conference).
BRINGING HOME THE HARDWARE: Boise State cleaned up in Mountain West postseason awards voting. Derrick Marks was named MW Player of the Year and first-team all-conference. James Webb III was selected as the MW Newcomer of the Year, a second-team choice and a member of the all-defensive team. Leon Rice was named MW Coach of the Year. The MW postseason awards were voted on by the league's coaches. Media members who cover the league held an independent vote and bestowed the same honors on the Broncos. Marks was the unanimous choice for player of the year among the media vote.
25 AND COUNTING: Boise State has matched the school record with 25 wins this season and at least two contests remaining. (the Broncos earned an automatic berth to the NIT if necessary). The only other Boise State team to record 25 wins was the 2007-08 squad which finished 25-9 overall.
AT CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS: Boise State has won five conference tournament championships in program history. The Broncos took home the WAC title in 2008. The previous four championships came in the Big Sky, winning conference tournaments in 1976, 1988, 1993 and 1994. This is Boise State's 17th trip to the semifinal round of a conference tournament, having advanced to the championship game 10 times. The most recent trip to a tournament final was 2011 in the WAC during Leon Rice's first season.
BRONCO WIN STREAK(S): Boise State is currently riding a seven-game win streak, its third different win streak of at least six games this season. It is the first time in school history the Broncos have had three such streaks in the same season and just the third time they have had multiple six-game win streaks in the same year. These mark the 18th, 19th and 20th win streaks of at least six games since Boise State became a Division I program (1970-71). It is the sixth such streak under fifth-year head coach Leon Rice.
This season's longest win streak reached eight games. It was just the seventh eight-game winning streak in school history and the third of the Leon Rice era. Only three times have the Broncos extended a win streak to nine games, including the school-record 10-game win streak in 1987-88 (since joining Division I). The last time a Boise State squad won nine in a row was 1991-92.
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