Broncos Ready for MW Tournament

29 Nov 2021 | 11:06 | Basketball

Boise State men’s basketball opens the Mountain West Championship Thursday, in a quarterfinal matchup against Nevada at Thomas & Mack Center. Tipoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. The Broncos are the No. 4 seed in the tournament.

WATCH LIVE: Thursday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network, available locally on Sparklight channel 139, DirecTV 221 and DISH Network 158.
Play-by-Play: Rich Waltz
Analyst: Dan Dickau

LISTEN LIVE: Radio coverage of the game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station, and online through TuneIn. The pregame show begins at 3 p.m. MT.
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson

ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack enters the Mountain West Championship as the No. 5 seed after posting a 10-7 record in conference play, including an 85-82 win against Colorado State to close the regular season. Grant Sherfield leads Nevada with 18 points and 6.2 assists per game. Sherfield guided the Wolf Pack to a series sweep of Boise State, averaging 24.5 points and 11 assists over the two games.

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY: Boise State and Nevada have previously met four times in postseason play, with each team winning twice. Thursday marks the third meeting at the Mountain West Championship, each coming in a quarterfinal. The Broncos won in 2014, while Nevada prevailed in 2019. Boise State earned one of its first road win over a ranked opponent in program history against 24th-ranked Nevada in the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Tournament, played on the Wolf Pack’s home floor. The eighth-seeded Broncos reached the conference title game before falling to UTEP. Nevada won a semifinal matchup in the 1985 Big Sky Tournament. The Wolf Pack leads the all-time series 50-28.

FIRST TIME AS THE FOUR: Boise State enters the Mountain West Championship as the No. 4 seed for the first time in its 10 years as league members.The Broncos advanced to the semifinal round last season as the No. 5 seed, after beating No. 4 UNLV in the quarterfinal.

ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Media members covering the Mountain West released their all-conference selections Monday, including three Broncos. Derrick Alston, Jr. was named to the first team, Abu Kigab landed on the third team and Devonaire Doutrive was an honorable mention choice. The all-conference awards as voted on by the league’s coaches will be announced by the Mountain West on Tuesday.

CONSISTENT AND EFFICIENT: During Mountain West play, Derrick Alston, Jr. averaged 18.1 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting from the field, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. Alston ranked in the top four in the league in each category. He is the only player in the Mountain West to rank in the top 10 in each. Alston’s 11 league games with at least 20 points were the most in the conference.

SEEKING A BID: Boise State has qualified for 15 national postseason tournaments in the program’s 53-year history as a four-year institution. Five of those appearances have come under head coach Leon Rice, currently in his 11th season, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament and two NIT berths. Rice led the Broncos to the 2013 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments by earning the only two at-large bids in school history.
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