Stephen Madison is going to be a handful.
Madison said. "Every
year you prepare for this. Sometimes you have more talented teams, but our team
is coming together at the right time and that's all you can ask."
As the Vandals leave the rebuilding WAC for the Big Sky next year, it's only fitting they face New Mexico State in tonight's final since the schools joined the league together in 2005-06. NMSU is 7-2 against the Vandals since
Madison joined the team. NMSU is . Madison has scored 16.5 points per game against NMSU this
year, scoring 24 in Idaho's victory in Moscow.
Mexico State is one
of the most dominant teams in the WAC since I've been in college," Madison said. "You
want to play them. There has been one or two times where they got us good, but
the rest of them have come down to the wire."
WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd said Thursday he expects fans to remain in the stands during tonight's trophy presentation.
"We will have our security in place regardless of who is playing in the game but we want to avoid having fans on the court after the game," Hurd said. "If they want to celebrate, they can celebrate, but do it in the stands. We would prefer it to be that way."
Hurd said the WAC will instruct all of its member schools in game management expectations in the offseason.
"It will be a focus in our May meetings (in
Hurd said. "I don't know the form it's going to take yet. We will review
them all and I will get information from other conferences and what they have
in place. Some people ask why don't we take the SEC model and fine schools for
fans coming onto the court. I don't know if that's really appropriate for our
league at this point."