2013 NCAA Tournament: Boise State Broncos Are Young, Yet Dangerous

Matt Ryerson-USA Today Sports

By the end of Wednesday night’s First Four Round contest between No. 13 Boise State and No. 13 LaSalle, you should be familiar with the names Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic.

The Explorers will have their hands full on Wednesday night, trying to deal with a sophomore tandem that has electrified the Broncos to their first NCAA Tournament since 2008. That accomplishment marks the program’s sixth appearance in the Big Dance all-time, but the Broncos have never won a game within the NCAA Tournament.

Touching back upon the simple fact that both Marks and Drmic are sophomores, it’s clear that this team’s firepower lacks experience, but for prolific scorers such as the two aforementioned stars, the setting of the big stage should only help them shine.

Marks is no stranger to putting up big games when Boise State needs him the most. The 6-foot-3 Chicago-native has scored 30+ points on three different occasions, including a 35-point showing in a win against Creighton and a career-high 38 in a crucial last season victory over Colorado State.

In addition to Marks’ ability to score the basketball, Drmic is actually the team’s leading scorer at 17.3 points per game. The 6-foot-6 forward is actually averaging 22.4 points per contest over the past seven games. A crucial statistics that helped solidify the Broncos’ at-large berth within the NCAA Tournament.

If Marks and Drmic are hitting shots early, watch out. Boise State will be securing their first NCAA Tournament win in school history if LaSalle is unable to slow down this sophomore tandem,


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