The goal for every college basketball team is to make the NCAA Tournament, but the National Invitational Tournament carries extra prestige this year too.  The Broncos will help kick off the NIT tonight and there are two reasons they'll win.  

Boise State isn't exactly riding momentum into Round 1 of tonight's NIT after losing its last four games, but there are reasons to be optimistic. Like, really optimistic.

Losing streaks are made to be broken.  Streaks always snap, and tonight is the night, said the girl who grew up predicting games against her dad and predicting against boyfriends later on, and paying attention to sports trends, tendencies, and tipping points.  The Broncos are 18-8 overall, and teams with records that dominant don't lose five in a row.  This is a streak-snapping game tonight.

And, the Broncos are playing a team that has only played sixteen games this entire season because of COVID, so they're a little out of practice and out of their groove.  SMU has had a total of eleven games canceled this season, and with that many stops and starts it's hard for a team to have momentum heading into a big post-season tournament when they have to be clicking like Taylor Swift when she's about to put out an album.  Everything is not awesome for SMU right now, and Boise State will take advantage.

The NIT reduced the number of teams in the field this year from 32 to 16, which essentially eliminated round 1.  The fact that the Broncos made the field of 16 is pretty sweet.

The game will be televised on ESPN at 7 PM Mountain Time, from the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.  It's kind of a home game for SMU since the Southern Methodist University campus is only a thirty-minute drive from Frisco, but fans haven't been a factor all season and they won't be now.

So go Broncos!  If Boise State wins, they'll advance to play the winner of the Memphis-Dayton game next week.

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