When people think of Mountain West basketball they typically think of traditional powers such at UNLV, New Mexico, and SDSU. Very seldom would Boise State come into the discussion.
That could change this Saturday evening as the Broncos and Aztecs are set to face off for the regular season MW basketball crown in San Diego at 6PM MST on ESPN2.
As it stands right now, San Diego State (22-6, 12-3) and Boise State (21-7, 11-4) are sitting on top of the MW standings at numbers 1 and 2. Winner will take first place and most likely the regular season crown if they can hold on for the remainder of the season.
San Diego State
SDSU has Boise State’s number in basketball, winning 7 of the last 9. While the record is in the favor of the Aztecs, the Broncos have given San Diego State a run for their money by taking plenty of the games down to the wire.
Last season, Boise State went 0-2 against the Aztecs, but only lost by a combined 5 points. The season prior saw the Broncos pick up their first win against San Diego 69-65. Before that, Boise State lost to the Aztecs on the road by one point.
Head coach Steve Fisher & Co. have been in and out of the rankings this season and are currently ranked 24th. They have some impressive wins on their resume that include a very talented Utah squad and a strong Wyoming team(whom the Aztecs swept this season.)
SDSU also gave perennial power Arizona a scare after trailing by only one at halftime and again being out scored by only one in the second to lose by two points. The Wildcats were ranked 3rd at that time and the Aztecs were ranked 15th.
Boise gets 3’s in a lot of ways, and the first way they get them is in transition,” SDSU coach Steve Fisher told utsandiego.com “If you run (back) with your head down, your man will probably shoot an open 3 on you.”
The Broncos are having a tremendous season thus far, and while in conference play started off rocky, Boise State is biting at the heels for first place with the Aztecs and are on the verge of taking it from them should they win on Saturday night.
Currently, the Broncos are riding a nice wave winning 11 out of the last 12 games and looking at a potential birth to the NCAA tourney.
In their last meeting, Boise State rained down three pointers on the Aztecs sinking in 10 three pointers. The Aztecs however, struggled from beyond the arch making only 2.
This game is about more than sweeping the Aztecs and taking a regular season crown. Should the Broncos take this game and take wins in their final two games, they could very well punch their ticket to March Madness.