Broncos Travel for First Time in WAC Play
The Boise State men’s basketball team will embark upon its first road trip of the 2010-11 Western Athletic Conference campaign, traveling to face San Jose State and Hawai’i this week.
The Broncos (9-5, 2-0) and Spartans (8-5, 0-2 WAC) are slated to tip at 8:30 p.m. (MT) Thursday at The Event Center. Boise State will then square off against the Rainbow Warriors (9-5, 0-2 WAC) Saturday at 10:30 p.m. at Stan Sheriff Center.
Each match-up this week will be the second game of a doubleheader with the host institution’s women’s team.
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Broncos have started 2-0 in the WAC for the fourth time since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season, and the third time in the last four years. Boise State has gone 3-0 to start WAC play just once (2008-09).
Since the first meeting between the two schools during the 1988-89 season, the Broncos lead the series by a 20-2 margin, including a 9-2 mark on the road. Boise State is 16-2 against the Spartans since joining the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season.
LAST YEAR AGAINST SJSU
The Spartans won the first meeting last season, snapping a 14-game losing streak with a 76-74 victory in San Jose, Calif. Daequon Montreal recorded his first-career start in the loss to the Spartans, leading the team with 19 points.
Boise State bounced back in the second meeting, winning 85-56 at Taco Bell Arena to clinch the final available spot in the WAC Tournament in the final game of the regular season. Paul Noonan led the Broncos with 15 points.
Montreal averaged a team-best 15.5 points in the two meetings with the Spartans last year, while Noonan (12.0) and La’Shard Anderson (13.0) also averaged double figures.
DEBUT FOR RICE
Leon Rice, in his debut season after being named the seventh head coach in school history, is the only coach to begin his career with six-consecutive wins.
Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, no other coach won more than his first two games to begin his career.
Rice joins the Broncos after spending the last 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Gonzaga. He had served as the associate head coach with the Bulldogs since 2007.
Bob Behler is in his third season as the “Voice of the Broncos,” and his 25th calling college basketball games. Joining Behler, and also in his third season, is former Bronco Abe Jackson, who played for Boise State from 1998-2002.
All Bronco games will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard live at broncosports.com.
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