Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice joked that it took about 10 minutes after he came home before he started hearing updates on other bubble teams.
Rice didn't exactly mind hearing most of those updates. Nearly every one lost in their quest for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
"The way things have gone, it seems things may have gone our way a bit," Rice said Saturday after a practice where he saw "a hungry group."
The Broncos (21-10) will practice Sunday, then watch the selection show together at 4 p.m.
Since Boise State's loss Wednesday against San Diego State, Rice said he's been in close contact with one of his closest friends, Colorado coach Tad Boyle.
The Buffaloes were passed over in favor of, among others, Virginia Commonwealth, in 2011. ESPN's Dick Vitale said at the time picking VCU over Colorado "is like picking Roseanne over Scarlett Johansson." The Rams wound up in the Final Four, and Boyle's squad went to the NIT's Final Four. Boyle had the team over in his basement, with media documenting the disappointment.
"Tad and I talked a lot about that - we feel good, but I know you can never be 100 percent sure till your name gets called," Rice said.
Boise State is bound to be mentioned often Sunday. The Broncos are likely to be among the final teams selected by the NCAA Tournament committee. Rice said if "you told me we'd be in this situation back in August, I'd be pretty excited."
The Broncos will be paying rapt attention to the NCAA selection show, with the consolation, the NIT selection show, coming on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
"The NCAA would be a dream come true, and the NIT is a great tournament," junior guard Jeff Elorriaga said. "We did a great job this year, and to know we'll keep playing is awesome."
Note: The Broncos, if selected, could be in a play-in game Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. The four lowest at-large teams are picked for those games, likely as 12 seeds. If not, the Broncos could play Thursday or Friday in Dayton; Salt Lake City; Lexington, Ky.; San Jose; Austin, Texas; Philadelphia; Auburn Hills, Mich.; or Kansas City.
Boise State was helped quite a bit the past few days as other bubble teams such as Kentucky, Tennessee, La Salle, Virginia and Massachusetts lost by at least nine points each. In the Pac-12 (Utah), ACC (Maryland) and Conference USA (Southern Miss), upstart teams failed to steal an automatic bid, keeping plenty of spots open for Boise State.
Ole Miss, a team seen likely on the outside looking in before the SEC tournament, will play Florida on Sunday for the title. Their performance could land the Rebels an at-large bid if they dont beat the Gators, but even then it is no guarantee.