Broncos Travel to Face Ranked Utah State
The Boise State men’s basketball team will try to end its three-game skid, traveling to Logan, Utah, to square off against No. 22/21 Utah State, Saturday (Feb. 5).
Tip-off between the Broncos (12-10, 5-5 WAC) and Aggies (21-2, 10-0 WAC) is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (MT), at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Broncos are coming off of three-straight losses. 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 five of its last six.
Utah State, ranked in both the Associated Press (No. 22) and the Coaches’ (No. 21) Polls, has won 16-consecutive games overall and 27-straight at home.
Boise State trails in the all-time series (8-26), and has dropped four-straight to the Aggies. The Broncos’ last win came at home, Feb. 14, 2009 (66-56). Boise State has lost each of its 16 games played in Logan, Utah.
LAST TIME OUT
Daequon Monreal scored 17 points, but Boise State fell to Hawai’i 73-66 at home, Thursday. Clinging to a 29-28 halftime lead, the Rainbow Warriors took control in the second half by shooting 68 percent.
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 entered this week ranked 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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