Boise State is an interesting case study for the definition of midmajor. The Broncos no longer play in a TMM conference, but the basketball team has long been the forgotten son. While the school and football team looked for big TV money in the Big East the basketball team was shopped around many ill-fitting conferences. For a while the Broncos were scheduled to move back to the WAC, but then that conference began to fall apart so the team was then shipped off to the Big West. After all was said and done the Broncos never actually played a game in any of those conferences and remained in the Mountain West.
BSU brings in big money thanks to their football success (over $31 million a year), but they don't spend much at all on basketball (1.7 million which ranks 176th in DI, which is right in midmajor territory).
While all that was going on Leon Rice has been steadily building an excellent squad at Taco Bell Arena. Last year Boise made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 and this year they are 10-3 in non-conference thanks in large part to Anthony Drmic AKA the Drmictologist the 7th Mid-Major Baller of the Week for the TMMX season.
While most teams were taking time off for the holidays Drmic was lighting it up on the islands as part of the Diamond Head Classic. The junior guard hit the game winning trey against Hawaii on night one as part of a 21 pont performance and then torched South Carolina for 30 on night two. Drmic couldn't quite lead the Broncos over Iowa State in the championship game, but was still named to the all-tournament team and got a cool oar for his trouble
. Whether the Broncos count as mid-major or not is up to you, but the brand of basketball they play is undeniably fun and Boise's attempt to make back-to-back Tourneys should be a story to watch all season long.
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