Broncos Host Rainbow Warriors Tonight
The Boise State men’s basketball team returns home to face Hawai’i tonight at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (12-9, 5-4 WAC) and Rainbow Warriors (12-9, 3-6 WAC) are slated to tip-off at 7:05 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State will then hit the road again, traveling to face No. 22/21 Utah State (20-2, 9-0 WAC) Saturday at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Tip-off between the Broncos and Aggies is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Broncos are coming off of back-to-back losses to New Mexico State (96-87 OT) and Louisiana Tech (70-60). After winning each of its first four conference games for the first time since joining the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season, Boise State has dropped four of its last five.
Hawai’i had dropped each of its first five WAC games before winning three-straight over Louisiana Tech, Fresno State and San Jose State. The Rainbow Warriors dropped their only game last week to Utah State, falling 89-84 in double overtime.
Boise State leads the all-time series 11-9, including two-straight victories and wins in seven of the last eight. The Broncos are 7-2 when playing at Taco Bell Arena, and the team has not lost to Hawai’i in Boise since the 2005-06 season (73-64; Feb. 11).
The Broncos dropped both road games last week, falling in overtime to New Mexico State (96-87) and in regulation against Louisiana Tech (70-60).
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson entered this week ranked ninth in the country in steals (2.7 per game), and was also ranked No. 50 in assists (4.9 pg).
BRONCOS AMONG NATIONAL BEST
Boise State ranks fifth-nationally in turnover margin, forcing 5.6 more turnovers per game than committing.
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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