“We love these milestones”, Coach Leon Rice said when addressing the media. “It’s a great accomplishment, when you get ranked in March; you’re getting respect because you earned every bit of it.” Boise State is the 200th school to be ranked in the AP’s Top 25 according to CollegePollArchive.com.
Not only was the team recognized for their accomplishments but some of the Boise State basketball team players and coach were recognized with awards.
Coach Leon Rice was named coach of the year in the Mountain West Conference. This season was Rice fifth season as head coach of the Broncos. Rice helped the Boise team to 14 conference wins this season as well as guided them to a Mountain West regular season championship, a first in the programs history.
Senior guard Derrick Marks was honored with Mountain West player of the year. Marks led the conference in scoring with averaging 21.3 points per game which is the fourth-most in the league history. He is the first Bronco to earn a conference player of the year award since1999. Roberto Bergensen earned a Big West Conference player of the year honors in 1999. Marks was also named to the All-MW first team.
James Webb III earned the award of the Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year. Webb III who was redshirted last season transferred from North Idaho College to Boise State, he average 12.9 points and 9 rebounds per game. Webb III also made the ALL-MW second team and the All-Defensive team.
Below is the schedule for the Mountain West
Wednesday’s first round
No. 9 Air Force 68, No. 8 New Mexico 61
No. 7 UNLV?(17-14) vs No. 10 Nevada (9-21), 3:30 p.m.
No. 1 Boise State (24-7) vs. No. 9 Air Force (14-16), 1 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
No. 4 Wyoming (22-9) vs. No. 5 Utah State (18-12), 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
No. 2 San Diego State (24-7)?vs. UNLV/Nevada, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
No. 3 Colorado State (26-5)?vs. No. 6 Fresno State (15-16), 9:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
TBD, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
TBD, 9:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
TBD, 4 p.m. (CBS)