Broncos Face Gauchos in BracketBuster
The Boise State men’s basketball team travels to take on UC Santa Barbara Saturday (Feb. 19), as part of the ESPNU BracketBuster series.
The Broncos (14-11, 7-6 WAC) and Gauchos (14-10, 7-6 Big West) are slated to tip-off at 8 p.m. (PT).
Boise State and UC Santa Barbara were Big West foes from 1996-2001, and the teams split their series (3-3) during that time. UCSB leads the all-time series 5-4 dating back to Dec. 5, 1975, though the teams have not met since the Broncos left the league for the WAC following the 2000-01 season.
Boise State swept its conference homestand last week, defeating both Fresno State (75-61) and in-state rival Idaho (69-63). The Broncos are in fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference, half a game back of third-place Nevada.
UC Santa Barbara has won three of its last four games, and is tied for fourth place in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos are 8-3 at home this season.
RECORD AGAINST CONFERENCE
Boise State is 43-29 all-time against teams currently in the Big West - a league in which the Broncos held membership from 1996-2001. Boise State has already faced two of the nine Big West squads this season, defeating UC Davis (Nov. 21; 67-47) and falling to Long Beach State (Dec. 5; 69-66). The Broncos compiled a record of 44-36 during their five seasons in the conference.
NOONAN GUNNING FOR 1,000
Redshirt senior forward Paul Noonan enters Saturday’s game against UC Santa Barbara needing just four points to reach 1,000 for his career. Noonan, who currently has 996 career points, would be the 20th men’s basketball player in school history to accomplish the feat.
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson entered this week ranked 16th in the country in steals, averaging 2.4 per game.
BRONCOS AMONGST NATION’S BEST
Boise State entered this week ranked second in the nation in turnover margin, forcing 5.7 more turnovers per game than committing. The Broncos also ranked 15th 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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