Posted January 05, 2018 11:33:00 Boise State has reached the NCAA tournament in the past two seasons, but the Bearcats have been forced to play in the second round since joining the Big Sky Conference in the 2016-17 season.
With the NCAA’s postseason rules not changing in 2019-20, the Bearcat’s NCAA tournament bid is now in the hands of a committee consisting of four members.
The NCAA announced Thursday the committee will meet for the second time on Tuesday.
Bears head coach Tad Boyle was named the winner of the conference’s regular season and tournament titles with a 68-56 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday.
The Bears will play three games in the first round.
In the tournament, Boise State will play in a first-round game against Colorado State, the winner will face Arizona in the third round and the loser will face a third-place team in the conference championship.
The winner of that match will face the winner in the NCAA Tournament.
Boyle has won the conference title twice in his two seasons in Boise.
The Bearcats also earned the league championship in 2019.
Bones season has been defined by the return of senior forward Josh Woodrum, who was sidelined by a torn ACL for much of the season.
Woodrum averaged 8.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game and shot 46.7 percent from the field.
The Bears return the majority of their players from a team that finished eighth in the Mountain West Conference standings in 2017-18.
They also have five seniors and six juniors on the roster.
The Bearcats lost four games during the regular season but finished the regular cycle ranked No. 5 in the AP poll.
Bowlby will get to work for the first time since March 13 with the Pac-12 Tournament selection show coming on ESPN.