Idaho has proven it can rally against New Mexico State. On Thursday, the Vandals will get a third chance to show it can finish the job against the Aggies.
Idaho tips off with New Mexico State at 1 p.m. in the WAC quarterfinals.
In the teams' first meeting Jan. 12, Idaho erased a 17-point deficit and tied the game with 3.5 seconds left, only to watch New Mexico State make a free throw for a 71-70 victory.
In the second meeting Feb. 7, Idaho rallied from 11 points down to tie the game with one minute remaining, only to fall 76-74.
"It's going to be a one or two possession game all the way through," said Idaho senior center Kyle Barone, the WAC player of the year. "We have to be mentally tough as well and try to make a run or two."
IDAHO WOMEN: VANDALS WIN AT THE BUZZER
Guard Krissy Karr hit a lofting layup at the buzzer to give Idaho - once down by 15 points - a 57-55 victory over San Jose State in a quarterfinal game of the WAC Tournament.
The Vandals (15-15) face Utah State (18-12) in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday.
"There was no panic,'' Idaho coach Jon Newlee said.