Friday was not a day for timid Boise State basketball fans.
The lady Broncos kicked things off with some of their best play of the season, defeating New Mexico, 66-60 and winning the Mountain West Conference Championship, which guaranteed them a slot in the NCAA championship tournament.
The New Mexico Lobos had handed Boise State a defeat earlier in the season but this time around, with the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas filled with New Mexico fans, the lady Broncos emerged victorious. When the final buzzer blasted, Boise State players and their families cheered and cried with tears of joy. Now, the team awaits its next assignment when the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament brackets are unveiled Monday, March 16, at 5 p.m. This will be only the third trip for the Lady Broncos.
A few hours later, the men's basketball team took to the court in Las Vegas to face Wyoming in a semi-final contest. While many were expecting the men's team to advance to today's championship round, Wyoming had other plans.
The game went into overtime but ultimately, Wyoming defeated Boise State 71-66, ending the Bronco's quest for a Mountain West Championship.
Fans are already pointing to the fact that Boise State emerged from the regular season at the top of the Mountain West Conference in hopes of grabbing at an-large bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and if Boise State had won Friday night, it would have had an automatic invite to the Big Dance. Now, the men's team will have to wait until Sunday, March 15, for the announcement of who's in and who's out of the biggest tournament in college sports.
Meanwhile, there's good news for the College of Idaho's men's basketball squad. The Coyotes won Friday in the second round of the NAIA Division II basketball tournament in Point Lookout, Mo, and will advance to today's quarterfinal game to face Dakota Wesleyan.
Earlier this year, Boise Weekly sat down with C of I basketball coach Scott Garson
who talked about the pressure on the Coyotes to up their game.
"Handling success is so much more difficult," Garson told BW
. "All of our opponents are giving us their best shot each game. Now, they see College of Idaho on their schedule and say, 'That a big game for us.'"