Bronco Men Return to Taco Bell Arena
After playing four of its last five games on the road, the Boise State men’s basketball team returns home to host Fresno State (Feb. 10) and in-state rival Idaho (Feb. 12).
The Broncos (12-11, 5-6 WAC) and Bulldogs (11-12, 5-6 WAC) are slated to tip-off at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised lived from Taco Bell Arena by the WAC Sports Network.
Saturday’s game against the Vandals (13-10, 6-5 WAC) is scheduled to tip-off at 9:05 p.m., and the game will be televised live by ESPNU.
BRONCOS ON TV
Thursday’s game is the third of four Bronco match-ups being broadcast by the WAC Sports Network, which can be seen locally on KTVB’s 24/7. Rich Cellini will call play-by-play and Dave Bollwinkel will serve as analyst.
After winning their first four conference games for the first time since joining the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season, the Broncos have dropped six of their last seven.
The Bulldogs have won three-straight, including a 30-point victory (79-49) over Cal State Bakersfield, Monday.
Boise State trails 13-14 in the all-time series, though the Broncos have won five of the last seven games played. Boise State is 7-5 in home games, and has not lost to the Bulldogs at Taco Bell Arena since Jan. 15, 2004 (78-61), a series of six-straight victories.
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson entered this week ranked 14th in the country in steals, averaging 2.5 per game.
BRONCOS AMONGST NATION’S BEST
Boise State entered this week ranked third in the nation in turnover margin, forcing 5.5 more turnovers per game than committing. The Broncos also ranked 16th in steals, averaging 9.0 per game.
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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