When you think Boise, you probably think potatoes and blue football fields. But did you know Boise is also the home to some of the NCAA tournament’s most memorable games?
One of my first NCAA tournament memories occurred in Boise, when UCLA’s Tyus Edney took the ball coast to coast in 4.8 seconds to beat Missouri at the buzzer. Edney’s finger roll propelled the Bruins to the Sweet 16 and then they went on to win the whole tournament, the program’s last national championship.
Boise was also the site of the closest first-round day ever. In 2001, all four games were decided by a total of seven points. That session included one of the greatest upsets in tournament history: Hampton’s upset of No. 2 Iowa State in only the fourth time a No. 15 seed upset a No. 2.
Hampton head coach Steve Merfeld got a lift for one of the NCAA’s best celebrations.
Will Boise have some magic in 2018?
If it does, it better not be in favor of Davidson. We’d much prefer some pro-UK magic, like Buffalo beating Arizona.