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Rivalry Renewed...

The Boise State men's basketball team may have struggled a bit to start conference play, the Broncos turned things around after a buzzer-beater by Anthony Thomas sent them into overtime where they beat out Idaho, 77-67. That last second shot not only led the Broncos to their first WAC win of the season, but washed out the bitter taste that was left from last season's series sweep by the Vandals.

Prior to last season, Boise State had dominated the series against the in-state rival, posting 14 consecutive wins over Idaho. Despite the Vandals 14-game skid to the Broncos, the rivalry between the two schools remained and has never meant as much as it does this season as the two are battling it out in conference play to guarantee a spot in the WAC Tournament.

A win over the Vandals Saturday night could give the Broncos the edge they need to book their tickets to the conference tournament. However, one thing is certain: there is no such thing as an easy win when Boise State and Idaho meet up. In the last three meetings, the game has come down to the final minute of play, including the last game that went into overtime.

Last season's game at Taco Bell Arena was won by a last second lay-up by Idaho, while this season's game was pushed into overtime by Thomas' 3-point buzzer-beater. So who will hit the game winner this Saturday? Don't miss out on the action, B There to witness the rivalry and cheer the Broncos on to a series sweep over the Vandals.

This Week...

After struggling during the first half of conference play the Boise State men’s basketball team turned things around when they recorded their first WAC win at in-state rival, Idaho. The Broncos are currently on a two-game winning steak and look to continue moving their way up the charts and sweep the season series against the Vandals when they host Idaho, Saturday, Feb. 6 at Taco Bell Arena, with tip-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

In the first match-up of the season between these two schools, Boise State trailed most of the game, but a last second three-point shot by Anthony Thomas sent the game into overtime, where the Broncos beat out the Vandals, 77-67.  The two have not split a season series since the 2000-01 season.

Catch up on some quality family time by making it to Family Night at Bronco Basketball this Saturday night (Feb. 6th).  It’s a steal of a deal as $34 gets you four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four cokes.  Just visit the box office on the night of the game or visit any select-a-seat outlet.  Or, pre-order your tickets in order to go right to the entrance Saturday night by visiting www.idahotickets.com.

In addition, fans can win an “Ultimate Valentine’s Package”, which will be given away to one lucky couple in attendance at the Idaho game.  Package includes a diamond necklace, valued at $1,200, courtesy of Ameristar Jewelry, as well as a night’s stay at Hotel 43 and dinner at Chandler’s Restaurant.  Total value is $1,500.

About Idaho...

The Idaho men’s basketball team needs two more wins to reach 1,200 in program history. Idaho is in its 105th season of play and holds an all-time record of 1,199-1,348 (.471).

Sophomore forward Luiz Toledo hit eight of his nine attempts for a sparkling .889 field goal percentage in the 74-59 win over Fresno State on Jan. 28. The effort is the top single-game field goal performance for the team and the Western Athletic Conference so far this year. Toledo leads the conference with a .670 percentage from the floor, which puts him in a position to threaten not only Riley Smith’s 1989 school record of .651, but also Kurt Cunningham’s (BSU) 2009 WAC record of .673.

Senior guard Kashif Watson went to the free throw line 15 times on Dec. 3 at Cal State Northridge and turned that into 15 points. His 15-of-15 effort from the line tied Ken Owens’ 15-of-15 performance against Washington in 1981 for the best in school history, while the 15 made free throws are tied with Owens and Idaho legend Gary Simmons for the second-most in school history. Watson’s free throw performance in that game also rates as the  NCAA’s third-best free throw shooting performance so far this season.

Idaho has made at least one 3-point field goal in 363 consecutive games.The last time Idaho failed to record a3-pointer was Feb. 27, 1997 vs. Long Beach State. The streak includes 2,131 made 3-pointers and includes 138 games of seven or more made 3-point 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  48-34 against in-state rival Idaho ... The Vandals swept the season series against the Broncos last season for the first time since the 1998-99 season  ... Boise State is 27-13 all-time when playing in Boise.

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 13-2 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 133-142 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 65-54 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.

Last Time vs. Idaho:  Anthony Thomas scored 17 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and Boise State rallied past Idaho for a 77-67 overtime victory ... After Jeff Ledbetter missed the front end of a 1-and-1, which would have given Idaho a four-point lead with 7 seconds left in regulation, Thomas raced down the court and hit a 3 at the buzzer, tying the game at 62 ... The Broncos then scored 13 of the first 14 points of overtime to put away the Vandals ... Ike Okoye added 16 points and Daequon Montreal had 15 for Boise State, which trailed 55-48 lead with 3:11 left in regulation ... Kashif Watson scored 17 points to lead Idaho, which has lost six straight.

Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...

Radio:  KIDO (580 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 Saturday against the Vandals will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler and Abe Jackson.

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.

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