The Boise State men’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time in over two weeks as the Broncos head to Nevada to take on the Wolf Pack, Saturday, Feb. 13, with the tip off scheduled for approximately 8:05 p.m. MT.
The Broncos have struggled on the road, owning a record of 3-7 when playing away from the friendly confines of Taco Bell Arena. The odds are stacked even higher against Boise State when looking at Nevada’s impressive home record of 10-1 on the season, with the Wolf Pack’s only loss coming in an overtime game to WAC leader Utah State.
When looking at the overall series against the Wolf Pack, the Broncos are 20-36 overall while head coach Greg Graham is 4-12 against Nevada. Even more staggering is that Boise State is just 8-20 all-time when playing in Reno. However, two of the Broncos four wins under Graham have come on the Wolf Pack’s home court, with the last coming during the 2007-08 regular season.
About Nevada ...
With the 67-66 win at Idaho on Wednesday night, Nevada improved to 14-9 overall and 6-4 in WAC play ... The Wolf Pack also improved to 3-7 on the road this season (3-3 in WAC play). Nevada is in the middle of a stretch of five of seven games on the road that started last week at Utah State.
Junior Armon Johnson led the Wolf Pack in scoring for the sixth time this season with 23 points at Idaho, marking his fourth 20-point game of the year ... Johnson made the game-winning play for the Wolf Pack, scoring on a driving layup and making the free throw with seven seconds left. He also made the game-tying three-pointer with 22 seconds left.
Sophomore Luke Babbitt turned in his 15th 20-point game this season with 21 points and converted on a three-point play with 31 seconds to cut the Vandal lead to one.
The Idaho game marked the fifth time this year that Nevada has had at least two players score at least 20 points as Johnson tallied 23 points and Babbitt registered 21 points of his own.
The University of Nevada will hold “Ramon Sessions Night” and honor the former Wolf Pack star prior to its game with Boise State. Nevada will give Sessions, who is currently playing with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, the Senior Night he never had and present him with his game jersey prior to the game.
All-Time Series Notes Against Nevada...
The All-Time Series: Since becoming a Division I program, the Broncos are just 20-36 against Nevada ... The Wolf Pack has won the last three meetings between the two teams, seven of the last nine and 16 of the last 20 ... Last season the Broncos were swept by the Wolf Pack.
Coach Graham vs. Nevada: Since taking over the helm of the Boise State program, the Broncos have struggled against Nevada as the Broncos are just 4-13 all-time against the Wolf Pack ... The last time Boise State posted a win over Nevada dates back to the 2007-08 season when the Broncos swept the season series against the Wolf Pack ... It also marked the first time since 2004-05 season that Boise State had posted a win on the road over Nevada, with that win coming during the WAC Tournament ... The longest losing streak the Broncos have recorded against the Wolf Pack is a seven-game skid from the 1999-200 season through 2002-03.
Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: Boise State owns an all-time record of 133-144 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 65-56 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.
Last Time vs. Nevada: Luke Babbitt had 29 points and 10 rebounds and to lead Nevada to an 88-82 victory over Boise State ... Brandon Fields added 21 points for Nevada, which has won four of its last five games ... The loss was the seventh in a row for Boise State ... After Daequon Montreal’s basket with 8:24 left pulled the Broncos to within 63-61, the Wolf Pack scored the next eight points. Four came on free throws after Boise State’s Kurt Cunningham was called for a foul and an ensuing technical foul for slamming the basketball to the court ... Nevada led 76-64 before Boise State trimmed the lead to five. Babbitt then scored five straight points to push the lead back to 81-69 with 2:08 left ... Robert Arnold led Boise State with 21 points, Anthony Thomas added 19 and Ike Okoye had 16 and 13 rebounds.
Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...
Radio: KIDO (580 & 630 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 Wolf Pack 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.