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The Idaho men's basketball team's best season in the last 19 years ended Saturday night — in completely forgettable fashion.
The Vandals were blasted 76-56 by Utah State at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament. “This game needs to be flushed down the toilet,” coach Don Verlin said. “I don’t think we need to focus on this game as far as our season.” Read on for the details.
In the chaotic moments after Idaho dispatched UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, UI athletic director Rob Spear tweeted that it looked the Vandals would play Loyala Marymount in the next round of the CIT. Then Don Verlin said roughly the same thing to reporters.
But it didn't happen. Read how the Vandals are instead in Logan, Utah, to play Utah State tonight below in our preview. We have more below on the teams' third matchup of the season.
The Vandals were humming along for much of Wednesday night in their CollegeInsider.com tournament opener. But with the punch UC Santa Barbara has on offense, “it was just a matter of time” before the Gauchos closed the gap, Idaho coach Don Verlin said.
Sure enough, UCSB rallied. But this time the Vandals responded to collect their 19th win of the year.
The Vandals' season-ending 81-73 loss at San Francisco resembled a preseason game much more than a postseason one — 41 combined turnovers, 33 combined missed 3s to go along with other unsightly play from both teams. But it was the Dons' sterling foul shooting and dominant work on the boards that pushed them into the second round of the CIT.
We've got our game story below. Idaho ends the year at 18-14, and senior Jeff Ledbetter, in a 22-point performance, set the school's record for most 3s in a season. He finished with 99 triples on the year.
This is the Vandals' second trip to the CollegeInsider.com tournament in three years, so they know a bit about what to expect about the obscure postseason event. Well, at least senior Brandon Wiley does.
Read on for more about the CIT and Idaho's first-round opponent, the University of San Francisco.