BSU hopes to bounce back after tough conference tourney in Vegas

BSU hopes to bounce back after tough conference tourney in Vegas »Play Video
Boise State's Derrick Marks passes under San Diego State's DeShawn Stephens during the first half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise State basketball finished the regular season strong, only to hit the skids just as the Mountain West Conference tournament tipped in Las Vegas.

Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic, who accounted for more than 45 percent of Boise State's offense during the year, were pretty much non-existent in Sin City until Marks figured things out after the break.

Too little, too late, because that early offensive outage led to a Boise State loss, and left a bad taste in Bronco Nation's mouth.

The lack-luster Mountain West Conference tournament also created a good teaching tool for head coach Leon Rice, who made sure his team will be on their best behavior Wednesday night.

"There will be none of that, because I feel like we didn't play our best basketball down at the Mountain West Tournament. We're gonna go in confident, and we're gonna go in guns a blazzin', and we're gonna enjoy it, and play our best basketball," said Coach Rice.

"I mean it's the big tourney. If you're not excited to play in this than there's something wrong with you, so we'll be ready to go," added junior guard Jeff Elorriaga.

Ready to go, and ready to run. The La Salle Explorers play four guards, and an fast-paced offense that puts four players in double-digits every game.

As Bronco Nation knows, Boise State also likes to play small and fast, so this First Four match-up might be like looking in a mirror.

"Usually, you know, one team has a quickness advantage or a size advantage or a shooting advantage, or an athletic advantage, but they're different in some way. I was stunned at how similar the two teams are. I think it will just come down to who plays better that particular night," said La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini.

CBS Sports is the place to be for all things March Madness. Boise State and La Salle meet up Wednesday night at University of Dayton Arena in beautiful downtown Dayton, Ohio. Tip time is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. (MTN on truTV.)

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