The Boise State men’s basketball team will attempt to do something no other team has been able to when they face La Salle in the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday.
With this being their sixth overall trip to The Dance, the Broncos have never won an NCAA Tournament game (0-5).
NCAA Tournament History
2008 - vs Louisville
Result: L, 79-61
Led by seniors Reggie Larry (19.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG) and Matt Nelson (15.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG), Boise State didn’t have any problems scoring the rock in 2008 (81.4 PPG ranked 10th in the NCAA).
While Larry (14 points) and Nelson (17) combined for 31 against the Cardinals, the Broncos inability to slow Louisville down on the other end of the floor is what doomed them. Head coach Greg Graham’s team allowed the Cardinals to shooting 55.8% from the floor, included 12-of-24 from behind the arc.
1994 - vs Louisville
Result: L, 67-58
Future Phoenix Sun John Coker played big for Boise State all season long but he did not show up against Louisville. After averaging a team-high 17.8 points a game during the regular season, Coker was limited to just six against the Cardinals on 3-of-6 shooting.
Shambric Williams did impress with 21 points (tied for sixth most in postseason history at Boise State), but a late comeback attempt by the Broncos came up short.
1993 - vs Vanderbilt
Result: L, 92-72
Leading scorer Tanoka Beard averaged 21.2 points a game in the regular season, but was kept in check against Vanderbilt with just 15 points.
Instead, Shambric Williams narrowly missed the first postseason double-double in school history. Williams has an efficient 7-of-11 from the field (15 points), as he also hauled in nine rebounds.
Sherman Morris (three steals) and John Coker (two blocks) both made an impact on the defensive end, but the Commodores racked up 57 second half points and handed the Broncos their second biggest loss in NCAA Tournament history.
1988 - vs Michigan
Result: L, 63-58
The year prior to the famous Fab Five at Michigan, 14-seeded Boise State almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history. Brian King sank three three-pointers off the bench - one short of Chris Childs’ postseason school-record set in 1987 - as Greg Dodd pulled down a then postseason record 10 rebounds.
With the Broncos trailing, 36-20, at halftime, they outscored the Michigan, 38-27, over the final 20 minutes, but their comeback bid came up just short.
1976 - vs UNLV
Result: L, 103-78
Making their first postseason appearance in school history, Boise State lost to UNLV.
Steve Connor led the way for the Broncos with 26 points, which still stands as the school’s postseason record.
More postseason notes…
Including the NIT and the CBI, this will be the 12th overall postseason appearance for Boise State. With a career record of 5-11, all five wins have come in the Gem State. Thus, if Boise State can beat La Salle in Dayton, OH, it will also be their first postseason win ever outside of their home state.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)