Preview: Boise State Broncos

Can Broncos make it back-to-back bids to the Big Dance?

Updated: October 2, 2013, 10:25 AM ET
By Jeff Nusser | ESPN Insider

Derrick MarksJeff Bottari/Getty ImagesGuard Derrick Marks was an All-Mountain West Second Team member after starting 31 games.

Boise State Broncos


2012-13: 21-11 (9-7 Mountain West)
In-conference offense: 1.05 points per possession (2nd)
In-conference defense: 1.03 points allowed per possession (7th)

It's been 20 years since the Broncos had back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, but that's the expectation in 2013-14. All five starters return, and the Broncos' two best players, Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic -- likely the best one-two punch in the MWC -- are only juniors. Coach Leon Rice, a longtime Gonzaga assistant, knows how to embrace scrutiny. "You can't build a program without building expectations," he said. "That's what you want ... But it's not like we won the league last year, so we do have a lot to prove."