Boise State basketball tied for second in Mountain West poll

October 8, 2013 

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Boise State's Derrick Marks (center) celebrates a second-half block against Air Force with teammates Anthony Drmic (left) and Thomas Bropleh at Taco Bell Arena on Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013.

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The Boise State men's basketball team earned its first-ever at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament last season. Now the expectations are higher for the Broncos, who return their top six players from last year's team.

Boise State was picked to finish second in the Mountain West, tied with UNLV and behind preseason favorite New Mexico in the preseason media polls released Tuesday.

Guard Derrick Marks and forward Anthony Drmic were named to the preseason All-Mountain West team.

The Broncos have outperformed their preseason rank every season under coach Leon Rice — last season, the Broncos were picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West, but wound up tying for fourth. In 2011-12, they were picked eighth and tied for seventh. In the WAC in 2010-11, Rice's first season, Boise State was picked sixth and finished second.

2013-14 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

Rk. Team (First-Place Votes) Pts.

1. New Mexico (23) 263

2. UNLV (1) 214

Boise State 214

4. San Diego State 212

5. Utah State 156

6. Colorado State 142

7. Wyoming 112

8. Fresno State 96

9. Nevada 84

10. Air Force 61

11. San José State 30

Preseason All-Mountain West

Anthony Drmic, Jr., G/F, Boise State

Derrick Marks, Jr., G, Boise State

Deonte Burton, Sr., G, Nevada

Alex Kirk, Jr., C, New Mexico

Kendall Williams, Sr., G, New Mexico

Khem Birch, Jr., F, UNLV

Preseason Player of the Year

Kendall Williams, Sr., G, New Mexico

Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Josh Davis, Sr., F, San Diego State

Preseason Freshman of the Year

Kendall Smith, G, UNLV

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