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Bubble Watch: Boise State Falls to San Diego State; NCAA Fate Now Lies in Committee’s Hands

Matt Ryerson-USA Today Sports

At halftime on Wednesday night, the Boise State Broncos were not in the greatest of positions, trailing San Diego State by a score of 33-26.

The Broncos faced a difficult task in this crucial, Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinal contest. You see, Boise State currently sits directly on the bubble heading into the final days leading up to Selection Sunday, so a win over the Aztecs on Wednesday would’ve been crucial in their bid for a spot within the NCAA Tournament.

However, San Diego State did a good job keeping the pace to their control, knocking off the Broncos by a final score of 73-67. The key for the Aztecs was once again the play and productivity of their guards on the perimeter. Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames, and Jamaal Franklin combined to score 56 of the team’s 73 points on Wednesday night.

Boise State simply had no answer for them despite Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic combining for 34 points in their own right.

With the loss however, the Broncos now leave their resume and NCAA Tournament fate in the hands of the selection committee. That’s not necessarily something that Boise State wanted to occur, but either it’s out of their control now.

The key to deciding Boise State’s fate is figuring out whether they have already done enough or whether or not the Mountain West Conference has done enough to warrant another at-large candidate. At this point it’s likely that the league will get four bids to the Big Dance, but will the committee think five is too much? If so, that clearly means the Broncos are bound for the NIT.

Boise State currently holds a 21-10 record overall, while their RPI and BPI numbers rank at numbers 44 and 45, respectively.

 

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