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As the nation is set immerse itself in the madness that is the NCAA men's basketball tournament—games started as early as 10:15 a.m., Mountain Time—officials at Boise State University are already looking forward to the 2018 tourney. That's when Boise will again play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament—the first time since 2009. Boise State has played host to tournaments in 1983, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009.
Before this season, Boise State officials announced that season ticket holders for both the just-completed 2015-2016 and the upcoming 2016 and 2017 seasons will have priority over the general public to purchase tickets to the 2018 NCAA tournament.
And one more time, for the record, March Madness basketball pools are illegal in Idaho.
Idaho Code considers any gambling—including pools in which cash is doled out to winners—a misdemeanor. However, a spokesman from the Idaho attorney general's office said in 2014 the AG is unlikely to prosecute such a matter unless local law enforcement indicated there was a real problem.
In 2014, a bust in Clarkston, Wash., on the Idaho/Washington border, broke up a Super Bowl pool which reportedly promised a $10,000 first prize.
"We don't get involved in criminal stuff unless it gets referred to us by the county prosecutor," Idaho AG spokesman Todd Dvorak said in 2014. "All criminal stuff starts at the county level."