Just like it is in football in non-New Year’s Six bowl games, motivation is a factor in the NIT. Boise State was thankful to play on last year, and the Broncos picked up their first-ever postseason road win in a 73-68 victory at Utah.
Boise’s NCAA Tournament is odd. There’s not a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the field Thursday. Nor is there a No. 3. Taco Bell Arena got two 4’s and two 5’s as March Madness returns for the first time in nine years.
At Utah State a month ago, Boise State led by seven points at halftime—and watched it slip away in a 71-65 loss. Last night in the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals the Broncos were up by eight points at the break, and it happened again.
If Boise State’s three-pointers don’t go down tonight against Utah State in the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals—and sometimes they don’t, don’t we know—the Broncos will have to compensate in other facets of their game.