The Boise State men's basketball team returns home for what has shaped up to be the play-in game for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament as the Broncos host Hawai'i, Thursday, March 4 at 7:05 p.m. (MT).
Both teams enter Saturday's competition knotted in a tie for eighth in the conference standings, owning a record of 3-11 in WAC play. Earler this season, Boise State traveled to the island to take on the Warriors where they came up short, falling 68-76. A win for the Broncos could however solidify a spot for them in the conference tournament.
Adding to the excitement of the game is that the two schools are tied at 9-9 in the all-time series. Hawai'i is currently on a one-game winning streak over the Broncos, but the Boise State has won the last three match-ups that were played in Boise. In fact, the Warriors have not won a game at Taco Bell Arena since the 2005-06 season when they posted a 74-64 win over Boise State.
Catch up on some quality family time by making it to Family Night at Bronco Basketball this Thursday night (March 4th). It's a steal of a deal as $35 gets you four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four cokes. That's right, it's not a typo, you get tickets and feed the whole crew for just $35. 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 Thursday night by visiting www.idahotickets.com.
In WAC play, center Paul Campbell has been nearly perfect from the field. He has made 30-of-41 field goal attempts for an 73.2 percentage. During a three-game stretch, he matched his career-high with 14 points against Boise State, Idaho, and Northwestern State. Prior to that stretch, he had only one career double figure game in three seasons at UH.
For the second consecutive year, Roderick Flemings is the team's scoring leader averaging 16.6 ppg and adding 6.5 rpg. Earlier this year he scored a career-high 39 points, the fourth-highest total in school history, and tied for the most by WAC player this year. The native of Dallas, Texas leads the team with six double-doubles and has been named Verizon Wireless WAC Player of the Week twice this season.
Petras Balocka is doing some serious work on the glass this season. The senior currently leads the team, averaging 8.1 rpg. Balocka grabbed 16 rebounds-the most by a Rainbow Warrior in five years-against New Mexico then two games later hauled in 20 rebounds in a win over Lamar, the highest total by a 'Bow in more than 30 years. By also adding 20 points against Lamar, Balocka became just the third player in school history-joining Bob Nash and Melton Werts-to record a 20-20 game. Balocka has four double-doubles this season and 10 double-figure rebounding games.
All-Time Series Notes Against Hawai'i...
The All-Time Series: The series between the two schools has always been a close fight with each game coming down to the final minutes of play, which also rings true for the all-time series as the two schools are currently tied at 9-9.
Coach Graham vs. Hawai'i: Since taking over the helm of the program, Coach Graham owns a record of 9-7 all-time against the Warriors ... In fact, last season, Boise State has won three straight games over Hawai'i in those played at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: Boise State owns an all-time record of 134-146 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 66-58 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men's basketball program.
Last Time vs. Hawai'i: La'Shard Anderson led four Broncos in double-digits with 18 points, but it wasn't enough for Boise State as they fell to Hawai'I, 68-76...Anderson not only led the Broncos offensively, but did his part on defense as well as he registered five steals, five rebounds and dished out four assists. Daequon Montreal had his second-consecutive game in double-figures as he added 16 points, while Anthony Thomas registered 13 and Ike Okoye tallied 10 points to the Boise State total ... Leading all scorers was Roderick Flemings of Hawai'i with 20 points, while UH's Petras Balocka and Paul Campbell were the game's leading rebounders with nine boards apiece. Like Boise State, four Warriors registered in double-digits as Hiram Thompson added 15, Campbell registered 14 and Adhar Mayen had 13 ... Boise State shot 41.9 percent from the field, compared to 45.6 percent by Hawai'I, in addition to being outrebounded 32 to 36.
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 Thursday against the Hawai'i will not be televised, but you can follow the game on KIDO 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.