This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
A basketball renaissance is taking place in the unlikeliest of locations. Boise State is aiming for just its second Mountain West regular season title ever. The Broncos have never won the conference tournament, nor even appeared in the conference championship game since entering the league in 2011. A crucial pair of games against preseason favorite and Mountain West stalwart, San Diego State, could decide the fate of the conference.
Perhaps this is the most fitting of tests for the Broncos; the Aztecs have been by far the most successful basketball program in the conference over the last decade. Senior Derrick Alston can almost taste it; he is averaging 25.3 points over the last three contests. Alston has proven a much more efficient scorer this season, including improving his shot from long range. Alston is shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc, up almost 10 percent from a season ago.
Currently at 19-4, the Broncos should make the Big Dance regardless of outcome over the next few weeks before Selection Sunday. However, it would certainly prove extra sweet if the Broncos could take home some hardware in the process.
Here are some other movers and shakers as we creep ever closer towards the most wonderful month of the year.
Noah Williams, G, Washington State
Williams exploded for 40 points in Saturday's thrilling triple overtime victory versus Stanford. Williams took a staggering 35 shots, hitting eight three-pointers in the triumph. It was the second-straight huge scoring output for the