The Boise State men’s basketball team travels north to the unfriendly confines of Idaho’s Cowan Spectrum as the Broncos take on the Vandals, Monday, Jan. 25, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (PT).
The game will be aired on ESPNU, marking the Broncos first nationally televised game of the season as Trey Bender will provide play-by-play and Bob Donewald will handle commentary.
Both schools have struggled as of late, especially in WAC play as the Broncos continue their search for a conference win, while the Vandals have just one win in league play on the season. This game could separate which team would make an appearance in the WAC Tournament come the end of regular season play.
Boise State leads the all-time series between the two schools 47-34, but after posting a 14-game winning streak over Idaho, the Vandals snapped the streak while sweeping the season series agains the Broncos last year since the 1998-99 season. Idaho currently holds a two-game winning streak over Boise State.
The Idaho men’s basketball team needs three more wins to reach 1,200 in program history. Idaho is in its 105th season of play and holds an all-time record of 1,197-1,346 (.471).
The team’s 5-2 start to the season was its best after seven games since 1989-90, when the Vandals also started 5-2. That team went on to finish 25-6, win the Big Sky regular-season and tournament titles and face Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Idaho is on a four-game WAC losing streak, with the losses coming by a combined 20 points. The Vandals held second-half leads in three of the four games, but weren’t able to pull them out. The four-game skid is the longest of Don Verlin’s coaching career.
Mac Hopson has led the Vandals in scoring in each of the last seven games.
Idaho is 7-3 this season when Marcus Lawrence makes a 3-pointer.
Idaho is 10-5 over the last two seasons when Marvin Jefferson blocks at least three shots.
All-Time Series Notes Against Idaho...
The All-Time Series: Since becoming a Division I program, the Broncos lead the way in the all-time series with a record of 47-34 against in-state rival Idaho ... The Vandals have won the last two meetings between the two teams, as they swept the season series against the Broncos for the first time since the 1998-99 season ... Boise State is 20-20 all-time when playing in Moscow, losing on Idaho’s home court last season for the first time since 2001.
Coach Graham vs. Idaho: Since taking over the helm of the Boise State program, the Broncos have dominated the Vandals as Boise State owns an incredible 12-2 all-time record against Idaho ... Graham led the Broncos to an incredible 12 consecutive wins over the Vandals, which marked the longest winning streak over the in-state rival in school history, with the longest prior just being a six-game stretch ... On the flip side of the incredible winning streak over Idaho, Boise State suffered its first season sweep to the Vandals last season since 1998-99.
Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: Boise State owns an all-time record of 131-142 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 67-54 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.
Last Time vs. Idaho: Marvin Jefferson’s putback with 4.3 seconds gave Idaho a 56-54 victory over Boise State, the Vandals’ second win of the season against the Broncos ... The Vandals trailed 34-26 at halftime and came back to win the game with a 15-5 run in the final nine minutes ... Anthony Thomas tied the score for the Broncos at 54 with two free throws with 27 seconds to go. On the winning basket, Brandon Wiley’s shot was blocked by Boise State’s Mark Sanchez, but Jefferson got the loose ball and scored his layup ... Paul Noonan missed a 3-point attempt for the Broncos as time ran out ... Mac Hopson had 18 points and Jefferson 15 points and six rebounds for the Idaho, while Sanchez had 17 points and Noonan 11 for Boise State ... Boise State started the game with a 15-2 run ... The victory gave Idaho its first season sweep over the Vandals since the 1998-99 season.
Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...
Radio: KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basketball great, Abe Jackson, provides commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game. In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.
Television: The Broncos game on Monday against the Vandals will be available on ESPNU with Trey Bender providing the play-by-play while Bob Donewald provides commentary.
Broncos on the Internet: Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.