Broncos Looking for Sweep of Vandals
After ending its four-game slide, the Boise State men’s basketball team closes out the weekend playing host to in-state rival Idaho Saturday (Feb. 12) at Taco Bell Arena.
The teams are scheduled to tip-off at 9:05 p.m., and the game will be televised live by ESPNU.
The Broncos (13-11, 6-6 WAC) are looking for their first regular-season sweep over the Vandals (14-10, 7-5 WAC) since 2007-08.
BRONCOS ON TV
The game will be nationally-televised by ESPNU, with Mark Neely calling play-by-play and Tim Welsh serving as analyst.
Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, the Broncos and Vandals have met 84 times. Boise State leads the series 48-36 during that time frame, including wins in 18 of the last 22 meetings. The Broncos are 26-15 when playing in Boise. Prior to losing the last two games played at home, the Broncos had won nine-straight.
EARLIER THIS SEASON
La’Shard Anderson scored 12 of the final 16 points for Boise State as the Broncos fought back from a double-digit deficit to defeat in-state rival Idaho 70-67 at Cowan Spectrum.
Boise State outscored the Vandals 24-15 in the final 10 minutes - and made 8-of-11 free throws in the final 5:12 - securing the biggest Bronco comeback of the season.
Anderson finished with a game-high 21 points, and was joined in double-figures by Ryan Watkins (11), Paul Noonan (11) and Daequon Montreal (10).
NOONAN GUNNING FOR 1,000
With his 19-point effort against Fresno State, redshirt senior Paul Noonan now needs just 14 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Noonan has 986 career points in 119 games.
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.
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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