Mountain West Conference play wraps up this week, and Boise State controls the destiny of Colorado State, who is tied for the No. 2 seed with UNLV. The Rams were recently embarrassed by Boise State on the road on March 2.
Boise State is still a second-rate team in the Mountain West, but the Broncos have proved to be a team deserving the utmost preparation by opponents. Derrick Marks scored a career-high 38 points, including 33 in the second half, to cap a 78-65 victory over Colorado State. Marks scored 24 consecutive points in a ten minute span for the Broncos.
The Broncos are currently ranked as the best three-point shooting team in the Mountain West, but Boise State is reliant on streaks. When Marks possesses the hot hand, the entire offense benefits. Colorado State should have handled the Broncos easily, as they play a much more well-rounded attack anchored by the nation’s best rebounding. Instead, the Rams only edged out Boise State by one rebound (29-28) and put the control of the game in the very capable hands of Marks.
Both UNLV and Colorado State have two games remaining in conference play, with the Rebels only formidable opponent being the Broncos. Colorado State will finish off with a road match-up against Wyoming and will host Nevada in the final game of the season. Barring any unexplainable collapse, the Mountain West Conference tournament seeding will come down to Tuesday night’s match-up between UNLV and Boise State in Las Vegas.