As expected, the Boise State men’s basketball team will play in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament if it accepts a postseason invitation.
On Sunday night, after the field for the National Invitation Tournament was announced and the Broncos weren’t among the 32 teams, attention turned to the Vegas 16. Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said Thursday the school wouldn’t be headed to the College Basketball Invitational or the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Though the Vegas 16 remains the Broncos’ lone option, sources could not confirm if an invitation was accepted. On Friday, tournament director Jon Albaugh said, “We’ve love to have Boise State, we’ve told them that.” Two years ago, Boise State opted not to pursue a postseason tournament, but coach Leon Rice said “the circumstances are probably a lot different” this year.
The Vegas 16 field will be announced at approximately 10 a.m. MT Monday. It will be played March 26-30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
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Some teams who did not make the NIT who chose not to play in a tournament were LSU, Stanford, Kansas State, Marquette, Ole Miss, Penn State and Northwestern.
Boise State’s players have told coaches they wish to play again this season, many hoping to help senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic break the school record for career scoring. He has 1,942 points and needs just three to set a new record.
Reports: TCU fires former Bronco Trent Johnson
CBS Sports and ESPN reported late Sunday night TCU has fired men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson after four seasons with the Horned Frogs.
Johnson, who played at Boise State from 1974-78, was 49-74 at TCU, including an 11-16 record this season. He did not reach the postseason with the team. He also has been head coach at Nevada, Stanford and LSU.