Boise State To Face No. 1 Louisville
March 12, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State, making it's second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, was named a 16 seed and will travel to the Bluegrass State to face host and No. 1 seed Louisville (32-2, 15-1 ACC) in a first-round contest Friday (March 16) at 10 a.m. MT on ESPN2.

The Broncos (23-9, 14-4 MW), Mountain West regular season and tournament champions, will make the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and third in the last four seasons. The Broncos, entering the tournament on a 10-game winning streak, and the Cardinals will be the site's opening contest, ahead of the matchup between No. 8 Marquette and No. 9 Dayton at the KFC Yum! Center.

The first and second round site is within the Lexington Regional, with game dates set for Friday and Sunday, March 23 and 25, at Rupp Arena. It all leads to the 2018 Final Four, scheduled for Friday and Sunday, March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Boise State captured its second-straight Mountain West Tournament title this past weekend, rolling through the first two rounds with wins over Air Force 60-46 in the quarterfinals, and Colorado State 76-51 in the semifinals, before beating Nevada 62-60 on a title-winning buzzer-beater from A'Shanti Coleman. Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after averaging 16.7 points per game and going 12-for-27 from 3-point range (44.4 percent), and scoring a game-high 19 points in the title game. Fellow sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins was named to the All-Tournament Team as she averaged 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.00 assists per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 81.3 percent (13-for-16) from the line.

All-Mountain West selection Marta Hermida, a junior guard from Madrid, Spain, shot 43.6 percent from the floor during the tournament, averaging 12.7 points per game to go with 6.3 rebounds and 3.33 assists. Coleman averaged 6.7 points per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, while senior forward Shalen Shaw also shot 50.0 percent and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game to go with 7.3 points.

Lupfer, an All-Mountain West Team selection, has had the breakout season for the Broncos, averaging 16.4 points per game while ranking eighth in the country with 120 3-pointers (a program and conference single-season record) and fifth with a 45.3 3-point field-goal percentage. The Spokane, Wash., native has proven deadly accurate from all distances on the floor, shooting 47.1 percent overall, and 94.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Louisville finished tied for first in the ACC standings with Notre Dame, and went on to defeat the Irish in the ACC title game. The Cardinals, winners of seven-straight entering Friday's first-round contest, are led by the play of junior guard and ACC Player of the Year Asia Durr (18.8 ppg, 102 3-pointers, 42.3 3-pt FG pct.), along with senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen (13.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Louisville reached the Sweet 16 last season, after making a second-round exit from the tournament in 2016. The Cardinals reached the national championship game in 2009 and 2013, falling to Connecticut each time.

Friday's contest will be the first meeting between Boise State and Louisville.


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