Boise State bounces to bubble after beating SDSU for 7th straight win


Derrick Marks, left, and Leon Rice have Boise State as a surprising, surging team. (USATSI)

If you didn’t catch it on Sunday night, Boise State staked its claim as the team of February.

The Broncos, once a 10-6 team and without the services of its second best player, Anthony Drmic, have now won seven in a row and are a half-game behind San Diego State for first place in the Mountain West.

This is because BSU beat SDSU on Sunday, a 61-46 smackdown that put Boise State in the conversation for top-25 consideration and certainly made Leon Rice’s team a bubble squad.

And that’s good news!

At 17-6, Boise State could well be 19-6 after its next two games: home vs. Air Force and at 11-12 Fresno State. Clear those hurdles, and yes, the Broncos will have a claim to being in mock brackets.

Derrick Marks, who leads the Mountain West in scoring and is making a claim for player of the year in that conference, led BSU on Sunday with 19 points.

San Diego State had shot 46 percent from 3 in its previous five games. That well went dry against Boise State, though; the Aztecs (18-6, 8-3) were a brutal 2 for 19 on Sunday.

So it’s SDSU, Boise State, Wyoming and Colorado State — four teams from the Mountain West with a good angle on reaching the NCAA Tournament. It’s turning out to be a good February, a good year, for this league yet again.


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