Tom Scott, The Scott Slant
8:35 a.m. MDT March 23, 2015Tom Scott, Scott Slant(Photo: KTVB)Monday, March 23, 2015.Now that we’ve seen what Dayton did to Providence in a 66-53 victory in the NCAA Tournament Friday night, and the game it gave Oklahoma yesterday before falling 72-66, there are two things to ponder. One is what could have been had Boise State just gotten past that First Four game at Dayton last Wednesday. There is evidence the Broncos could have competed beyond that—and competed well. The other is an appreciation for what this team accomplished that night. Dayton was considered underrated, with many seeing the Flyers as a No. 8 or 9 seed. They had made a run to the Elite Eight a year ago. Yet the Broncos, with the cards stacked against them, went to Ohio and woulda-coulda-shoulda beaten them on their home floor in front of 12,592 fans. The effort looks better now.The Mountain West went 1-3 in the NCAA Tournament, and it didn’t exactly go out in style yesterday with San Diego State’s 68-49 loss to Duke in the round of 32 at Charlotte. The offensively-challenged Aztecs could not keep up against a Blue Devils team that can do it all. The fact that most of SDSU’s players and coaches had come down with a nasty stomach bug didn’t help. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff walked down the sideline for the customary pregame handshake—then Aztecs assistant coach Brian Dutcher waved them off, telling them to stay away because they were sick. Krzyzewski stopped in his tracks, spun around and walked back to the Duke bench.In the second round (as they call it) on Friday, Wyoming got rolled by a deeper team as it fell to Northern Iowa 67-54 in Seattle. The Panthers outscored the Cowboys a stunning 41-2 in bench points. The Pokes got 16 points from Larry Nance Jr., but only one of them came in the first half. And guard Josh Adams, who pestered all comers (including Boise State) during Wyo’s run to the Mountain West Tournament championship, was held to just four points on 2-for-9 shooting.The NCAA Women’s Tournament is known for first-round routs. There was Notre Dame’s 77-43 win over Montana Friday. How about some of these other numbers: 77-36, 97-52, 91-49, 86-53, 89-33, 111-84 and 81-48? The Boise State women would have none of that, … – Click Here To Visit Article Source