Boise State men's basketball opts not to play in postseason tournament

March 16, 2014 

The Boise State men's basketball team's wild season has come to an end.

On Sunday night after being passed over for the NIT, coach Leon Rice said the Broncos will not participate in any of the other postseason tournament — the CBI and the CIT. Boise State ends the season with a 21-13 record, its year ending on Friday in a 70-67 loss to eventual Mountain West champion New Mexico.

"We're just too dinged up to go on," Rice said. "They put everything into that conference tournament. They were devastated they couldn't win it."

Key players like junior Anthony Drmic, junior Derrick Marks and senior Jeff Elorriaga have battled notable injuries during the last two months.

Boise State lost eight games by four points or less in 2013-14, a season after which the Broncos earned their first-ever at-large NCAA Tournament berth.

"It's such a fine line," Rice said. "Three or four games that could easily have gone our way and we're talking about something totally different."

Rice praised his seniors — Elorriaga, Thomas Bropleh and Ryan Watkins — for finishing their careers on strong notes. Elorriaga had 53 points in his last five games after scoring 52 in his previous 15 games. Bropleh had 12 or more points in 10 of his last 14 games, and Watkins finished as the No. 2 all-time leading rebounder at Boise State.

"I give them a ton of credit," Rice said. "They went down swinging, they fought until the end. So proud of them."

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