Broncos Close Homestand with Nevada
The Boise State men’s basketball team will look to rebound from its first conference loss of 2010-11 when it plays host to Nevada Saturday at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos (11-6, 4-1 WAC) and Wolf Pack (4-13, 1-3 WAC) are slated to tip-off at 8:30 p.m., in a game televised by the WAC Sports Network. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Bronco women’s team.
BRONCOS ON TV
Saturday’s game is the first of four Bronco match-ups being broadcast by the WAC Sports Network, which can be seen locally on KTVB’s 24/7. Dave Harbison will call play-by-play and Bob Donewald will serve as analyst.
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Prior to the loss to Utah State, the Broncos had posted their first 4-0 start in league play since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2001-02 season. The last time Boise State began conference play with four-straight wins was in 1998-99, when the team was in the Big West.
The Broncos trail 20-37 in a series that began in 1977-78 and spans three different conferences. The Broncos are 4-15 against the Wolf Pack since joining the WAC, and have lost each of the last four meetings since sweeping the series during 2007-08.
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE WOLF PACK
The Broncos lost both meetings last season, falling 88-82 at home (Jan. 20) and 88-80 in overtime on the road (Feb. 13). Robert Arnold led the Broncos with 21 points in the first meeting, going 7-of-17 from the floor.
Daequon Montreal scored 13 points in game one and added 18 in the second game, including a 3-pointer with 11 seconds
remaining that sent the game into overtime.
LAST TIME OUT
The Broncos lost their first conference game of the season, falling 68-59 to Utah State, Thursday. Robert Arnold scored a game-high 20 points and La’Shard Anderson recorded six assists and tied a career high with six steals.
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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