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Boise State leaves WAC for Mountain West Conference

compiled from staff and wire reports

Late last week, Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference as the two-time Fiesta Bowl winner seeks a chance to play into more lucrative bowl games.

Boise State, currently a member of the Western Athletic Conference, would become the 10th member of the Mountain West Conference. The move will be effective July 1, 2011.

As Boise state aims to secure a clearer path to Bowl Championship Series games worth millions, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said his league was looking to add a football program that could help with national exposure and prime-time television exposure. The league is trying to make a case to become the seventh college football conference awarded an automatic bid to the BCS.

Glen Bleymaier Boise State AD (courtesy of Boise State Athletics)

In its two BCS bowl appearances thus far, Boise State upset Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in overtime, 43-42 and beat TCU, a Mountain West member, in the January 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Boise state has simply dominated the WAC, compiling a 49-4 record and winning three Western Athletic Conference titles in four years under Broncos coach Chris Peterson.

Boise State athletic director Glen Bleymaier said as far as travel time, the Mountain West made sense for his school. In the WAC, the Broncos travel to Hawaii and Louisiana.

The Mountain West Conference is more concentrated as Boise State joins the Air Force Academy, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming.

The Mountain West Conference has a television package with CBS Sports and VERSUS which is 10 years and $120 million.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional First Round, Ohio upsets Georgetown

Armon Bassett Ohio (ou)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody always says that the Mid-American Conference has no respect nationwide because they can’t win the big games in the NCAA Tournament. Well, at least on Thursday, the MAC showed if they have their game shoes on, they can beat anybody and in this case, the Georgetown Hoyas of the Big East Conference.

The 14th seeded Ohio University Bobcats pulled off one of the tournament’ all-time upsets, dominating number 3 Georgetown in Providence, Rhode Island, 97-83. The win over Georgetown was Ohio’s first in the NCAA Tournament since they upset Illinois in 1983 in the first r

The 22-14 Bobcats started this unbelievable run of five straight games, since the beginning of the Mid-American Conference Tournament as the number 9 seed that they’ve had their game shoes on.

They beat one of the Kings of the Big East in Georgetown, who was picked by all the media experts to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio wasn’t going to let those experts tell them they couldn’t beat the Hoyas.

Ohio started shooting from 3-point range, let by Armon Bassett’s 32 points and freshman D.J. Cooper with 23 leading the way. Bassett,  a junior transfer from Indiana, has scored a whopping 148 points in the last five games.

The Bobcats were 13 of 23 from 3-point land with Cooper making 5 of 8 and Bassett going 5 of 10. From the middle of the first half, the Bobcats turned a one-point deficit into a 25-18 lead and they never let the Hoyas closer than seven. The lead grew in the second half to 63-44, the largest of the game. Georgetown ends the season at 23-11.

Ohio now turns it’s attention to Saturday when it’ll play 6th seeded Tennessee, who advanced by beating 11th seeded San Diego State, 62-59.

IN OTHER MIDWEST REGIONAL ACTION

Northern Iowa beat UNLV in Oklahoma City on a clutch shot by  Ali Farokhmanesh and will be moving to the NCAA second round for the first time in 20 years. Northern Iowa moves to 29-4.

Ali Farokhmanesh Northern Iowa (UNI)

Farokhmanesh hit a long-distance 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left to lift  ninth-seeded Northern Iowa to a 69-68 win over the 8th seeded Rebels who end the season at 25-9.

KANSAS 90 LEHIGH 74

Lehigh (22-11), making their fourth NCAA appearance, had a memorable day staying with Kansas and trailing only by 6 at halftime in Oklahoma City.

Marcus Morris Kansas (KU)

But Kansas showed why they are the overall #1 seed by using balanced scoring and depth to pull out the win.

Marcus Morris led the way with 26 points and Sherron Collins chipped in 18.

TENNESSEE 62   SAN DIEGO STATE 59
Melvin Goins made his fourth three-point goal with 19 seconds left, helping 6th seeded Tennessee (26-8) to victory over the Aztecs in Providence, Rhode Island.

J. P. Prince Tennessee (UT)

Goins and J.P. Prince finished with 15 points apiece for the Volunteers. San Diego State ends the season at 25-9.

Melvin Goins Tennessee (UT)

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