Boise State coach Rice ‘didn’t mean any disrespect’ in celebration; Broncos up in RPI (w/video)

Once photo and video evidence supported that referees made the right call waving off Deville Smith’s potential game-winner at the buzzer in overtime Saturday, two things in the minutes after remained up for debate.

What did you think of Leon Rice’s reaction after it was waved off?

What happened to Anthony Drmic?

Many (mostly UNLV faithful) did not appreciate the first, with the Twitter account of the Rebels’ students section calling him “the most classless coach in college basketball.” Boise State fans loved it.

On Monday, Rice spoke a bit more about it.

“It was just raw emotion — we had lost the game … all the sudden, hey, new life, we won the game,” Rice said.
“I didn’t mean any disrespect to UNLV or Dave (Rice).”

Leon Rice said Dave Rice “wasn’t harmed by it in any way,” and texted him after the game and apologized to him.

“He knows that, that I was just overjoyed that we won, and I think he would’ve felt the same way,” Leon Rice said. “They did feel the same way. They pig-piled on our floor, and good for them, they hit the shot, it was a great play.”

After Smith’s shot was initially ruled good, Drmic ran off the court into the locker room. He wasn’t back on the floor when the review was completed. The person that broke the news to the junior was Rice’s oldest son, Brock.

“He told him ‘Anthony, stop kicking garbage cans, we won,’” Leon Rice said.

The Broncos (18-9, 8-6) next play at Fresno State at 7 p.m. Wednesday on CBS Sports Network. Fresno State (14-14, 7-8) had won five straight before a 72-66 loss at Wyoming last Wednesday, but rebounded with a 79-76 win at Utah State on Saturday. The Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 86-79 on Jan. 4 in Boise in their Mountain West opener. Boise State has won three straight going into the road game.

“We’re playing them when they’re playing their best basketball, and I feel like we’re playing pretty good basketball, too, maybe it’s two of the hotter team in the Mountain West coming together on Wednesday,” Rice said.

The Bulldogs have a three scorers averaging 14 or more points per game — Tyler Johnson (16.4 ppg), Marvelle Harris (14.7) and Cezar Guerrero (14.0). Johnson’s 18.8 ppg in conference games ranks third in the Mountain West.

Boise State’s official NCAA RPI ranking, which came out Monday, is 54th, two spots up from last week. Check out the rankings here.

The Mountain West has two teams ranked in the top 25 in the latest Associated Press poll — San Diego State at No. 13 and New Mexico at No. 25. Check out the full poll here.
Here is my vote for this week:
1. Florida
2. Arizona
3. Wichita State
4. Kansas
5. Duke
6. Syracuse
7. Creighton
8. Louisville
9. Villanova
10. Saint Louis
11. San Diego State
12. Wisconsin
13. Cincinnati
14. Virginia
15. Kentucky
16. Iowa State
17. North Carolina
18. Iowa
19. Michigan
20. Michigan State
21. Memphis
22. Ohio State
23. New Mexico
24. SMU
25. UConn

Boise State senior Jeff Elorriaga posted quite the interesting tweet Sunday when he found a Canada goose in his room. Sources indicate it was the result of a prank. He said cleanup took a good amount of effort. The tweet and photo is below.

Jeff tweet

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