Boise State will have to spend Saturday keeping an eye on games across the country, hoping teams the Broncos have never faced will win or lose.
Following their 71-66 overtime loss to Wyoming on Friday in the Mountain West Tournament semifinals, the Broncos are back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Most bracketologists still have Boise State in the field — Sports Illustrated, ESPN's Joe Lunardi and CBS Sports' Jerry Palm all do — but it is not a firm place. Boise State entered Saturday's games ranked 42nd in the RPI, right where it was in 2013 when it earned an at-large bid.
— Perhaps the biggest thing that could help Boise State is San Diego State beating Wyoming in the Mountain West championship Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. MT tipoff). The conference's average RPI is 12th, so getting four teams in (Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming) might be a stretch. Should the Aztecs win, the Cowboys are highly unlikely to snatch an at-large spot.
"Boise State certainly deserves to be in," Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said.
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UPDATE: Wyoming defeated San Diego State, 45-43.
— The Broncos also want to see teams firmly in the field take out upstarts that may snare an automatic bid. A team like Tulsa (RPI 41) in the AAC is right on the fringe with the Broncos, and a win over UConn on Saturday (3 p.m. MT tipoff) would help its case, but a loss may keep the Golden Hurricane out. It's a two-way street, as the Huskies (77th) need to win the AAC to get in. Rhode Island (60), which faces Dayton at 2 p.m. MT, could steal a bid out of the Atlantic 10, but is in all likelihood out with a loss.
UPDATE: UConn beat Tulsa 47-42, Dayton defeated Rhode Island 56-52.
Bronco fans may not want to relive it, but my story from Friday's game can be found here. The Boise State women are definitely in, by virtue of their Mountain West championship win over New Mexico. They found out their NCAA destination Monday.
Rice stumped for his team after the loss.
"We're the Mountain West champions," he said. "We're the No. 1 seed in the tournament. I think we've got a great résumé. We went out on the road and played a lot of games, too. I think we need to be rewarded for that."
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be televised on CBS at 4 p.m. Sunday. Injured senior Anthony Drmic hopes the selection committee looks upon the Broncos with favor and has them avoid a "First Four" game in Dayton, Ohio, like they had in 2013.