Broncos Set to Battle Vandals
The Boise State men’s basketball team heads north for a showdown with in-state rival Idaho, Saturday (Jan. 22) in Moscow, Idaho.
The Broncos (11-7, 4-2 WAC) and Vandals (12-6, 5-1 WAC) are slated to tip-off at 8 p.m. (MT) at Cowan Spectrum, in a game televised by the WAC Sports Network. The game is part of a doubleheader featuring the Bronco and Vandal women’s teams.
BRONCOS ON TV
Saturday’s game is the second 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 Dave Bollwinkel will serve as analyst.
Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, the Broncos and Vandals have met 83 times.
Boise State leads the series 47-36 during that time frame, including wins in 17 of the last 21 meetings. The Broncos are 21-20 when playing in Moscow, including an 8-1 record in the last nine trips.
LAST YEAR AGAINST THE VANDALS
The Broncos and Vandals split their series in 2009-10, with each team winning on its opponent’s court. In the first game (Jan. 25), Anthony Thomas nailed a 3-pointer as time expired, sending the game into overtime. The Broncos scored 13 of the first 14 points of overtime, winning 77-67 at Cowan Spectrum. The Vandals traveled to Boise less than two weeks later, and handed the Broncos a 79-55 defeat.
Daequon Montreal averaged a team-high 15.5 points in the two meetings last season, going 13-of-20 (.650) from the floors. La’Shard Anderson (10.0) also averaged double figures and led the team with 4.5 assists per game.
The Broncos lost their first two conference games of the season, falling to Utah State (68-59) and Nevada (69-67) at Taco Bell Arena.
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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