Boise State Opens NCAA Tournament Wednesday
March 17, 2015
NCAA Tournament First Round
No. 11 Dayton vs No. 11 Boise State
Wednesday, March 18 |9:10 p.m. ET | Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
Radio: Bronco Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler | Analyst: Abe Jackson
National Radio: Westwood One (Listen Live)
Play-by-Play: Brandon Gaudin | Analyst: Alaa Abdelnaby
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball will take on Dayton in the First Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Wednesday, March 18, in Dayton, Ohio. The Broncos (25-8) and Flyers (25-8) are both No. 11 seeds in the East Region. The winner will take on No. 6 seed Providence Friday, in Columbus, Ohio.
DANCING: Boise State will participate in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history, and the second as an at-large selection. The Broncos also earned an at-large bid in 2013, their most recent tournament appearance. Boise State is 0-6 all-time at the NCAA Tournament. The No. 11 seed is the program's highest since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
FIRST FOUR: Boise State is making its second appearance in the First Four. The Broncos will join BYU this season as the first schools to make multiple appearances in the First Four as at-large selections. Boise State fell to La Salle in the 2013 First Round, 80-71.
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.
THE ONLY ONE: Boise State is the only school from the Football Bowl Subdivision to capture a share of its regular-season conference championship in both football and men's basketball.
THE YEAR OF THE BRONCO: Boise State is the only school from the Football Bowl Subdivision that can claim a conference title (regular season or tournament)in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
ON HARDWOOD AND GRIDIRON: Boise State captured a share of the Mountain West regular-season championship in both football and men's basketball in 2014-15, just the sixth time since the inception of the league that one school claimed both titles in the same year. Boise State is the only current MW school to have accomplished the feat. Utah did it in 1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2008-09, and BYU did it in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
A WINNING COMBINATION: Boise State captured a share of the conference championship in both football and men's basketball for the first time since 1975-76, when the school was in the Big Sky Conference.
RARE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Boise State men's and women's basketball will be playing the NCAA Tournament during the same season for the second time in school history. The Bronco men and women both advanced to the Big Dance in 1994.
LIMITING FACTORS: Boise State is on pace for one of the best defensive seasons in school history. The Broncos are holding opponents to 60.3 points per game, 41.5 percent shooting from the floor and 30.8 percent form three-point range. All three marks would rank in the top three in school history.
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