Boise State takes on No. 22 ranked San Diego State in their last regular-season series

Posted at 1:06 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 11:07:10-05

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise State men's basketball team is heading to No. 22 ranked San Diego State for its final regular-season road series.

"We get these last games that mean so much to the standings and means so much on a national level it is a privilege to be able to play and compete in these situations," said Broncos head coach Leon Rice.

The Broncos are coming off a stellar performance last week that put them in first place in the Mountain West with a series sweep against Utah State.

“We do have a team that feels like it was going to get better in January, February, and I feel like we have seen that a little bit,” Rice said.

He said that he feels like his team is peaking at the right time.

“A big part of why we have kept improving is cause we got everybody that shows up to do their job and do it at a high level whatever that job might be for the time being,” Rice said.

The Aztecs are in second place, riding an eight-game winning streak.

“Not only are they athletic and not only do they guard, but they are also really really good offensively, too," Rice said.

The Broncos aren't currently ranked in the AP Top 25, but the series could still have a huge impact on their seeding for the NCAA tournament.

"I want our guys to know the situation and know what is on the line," Rice said.

Tip-off is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. MST on CBS Sports Network.

The Mountain West also announced Boise State will make up the Fresno State game that was canceled earlier in the season because of COVID-19 protocols.

“They have to spend all that money to come back here again, but that is the kind of year it is so everybody has to deal with a lot of different stuff," Rice said.

The Fresno State game is set for March 2.