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Bubble Watch: Boise State Must Find a Way to Do it Again vs. San Diego State

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

It’s crunch time.

Actually, it’s been crunch time for a number of teams that have positioned themselves on the bubble heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

For the Boise State Broncos however, being a bubble is a good thing and a testament to the strides that this program has made during the 2012-13 season. Fresh off one of their better wins of the season over San Diego State, there is not time to focus on another opponent. That’s because Boise State and SDSU are squaring off yet again in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Both teams have identical records following the Broncos’ 69-65 victory this past weekend, but the two are preparing for a neutral court rubber match that has huge NCAA implications. Boise State needs this victory a bit more than San Diego State, but either way it’s an important game for both.

San Diego State does not want to back their way into the tournament and if they cannot advance to the MWC semifinals, they may find themselves sitting directly on the bubble come Selection Sunday. For what it’s worth now however, it’s a must win situation for the Broncos, especially considering how light the bubble has been over the course of the past few weeks.

Boise State is led by a talented offensive duo in Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic and the two will need to bring their A-game if the Broncos want to solidify their case for an at-large berth.

The winner of this 4/5 match-up within the Mountain West Conference will face off against the winner of New Mexico and Wyoming.

 

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