Boise State has never won an NCAA Tournament game. In fact, the Broncos' appearance at the Big Dance this season was just their second since 1994. But the program made progress in 2012-13, and bigger things may be on the horizon.
Leon Rice's squad only loses one senior (Kenny Buckner) from a lineup that managed 21 wins this season. Included in there were notable victories over Creighton, UNLV, Colorado State and San Diego State. Plus, Boise even pushed Michigan State pretty hard back in November. They may not get a lot of attention heading into next season, but last month reminded us all once again that there's always room for a Cinderella team (or two) in the tournament. ESPN's Jordan Brenner thinks the Broncos can fill that role nicely, and the combination of roster experience plus outside shooting ability suggests he could be on to something.
"The Broncos arrived early this season, reaching the tourney before losing to La Salle in the First Four. But next season is when things really should click. Their top six scorers, including all five starters, will be back; Kenny Buckner (5.1 points per game) was the only senior in the rotation. Boise State shot the 3-ball well all season (38.7 percent); now let's see if the Broncos can up their offensive rebounding to match what they did on the defensive boards (24.3 percent)."