Bronco Men Face New Mexico State in WAC Semifinals Tonight
The Boise State men’s basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, and will play its first game Friday (March 11) at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. (MT), and the game will be televised by ESPN2.
The Broncos (19-11, 10-6) will face No. 3 seed New Mexico State (16-16, 9-7) which defeated No. 6 seed Nevada (12-19, 8-8), 66-60 in quarterfinal action on Thursday.
WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Broncos’ No. 2 seed is the highest since joining the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season. With the double-bye, Boise State has already advanced to the semifinals for the fifth time in the school’s 10 seasons as a member of the league. The Broncos made the WAC Championship game in both 2005 and 2008, winning in 2008.
RICE DEBUT RANKS AMONGST WAC’S FINEST
First-year Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice currently owns the best winning percentage for a first-year head coach in school history. Rice is 19-11 (.633), and Bobby Dye and Rod Jensen were each 15-13 (.536).
Since Boise State joined the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season, the league has seen 19 first-year head coaches, and only four have posted a higher winning percentage than Rice. Of the top five winningest first-year head coaches, only Rice inherited a team that posted a losing record the previous season.
STREAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
The Broncos were victorious in each of their final seven regular-season games. Throughout the country, only eight teams completed their regular season with a longer winning streak.
The Broncos posted a 9-7 (.563) record on the road during the 2010-11 regular season, tied for the sixth-best mark nationally amongst teams that had played at least 16 road games through March 7.
The Broncos’ current seven-game winning streak is the longest since the 2003-04 season. The last time a Boise State team won eight-consecutive games was during the 1991-92 season, when the team won nine-straight.
ANDERSON SINGLE-SEASON MARKS
La’Shard Anderson has 462 points in 2010-11 - the 50th 400-point season in school history and tied for the 23rd-most by a Bronco in a single season (Chris Childs; 1986-87). Anderson also has 140 assists, the fifth-most in school single-season history, and 74 steals, the fourth-most.
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson entered this week ranked 13th in the country in steals, averaging 2.5 per game.
BRONCOS AMONGST NATION’S BEST
Boise State entered this week ranked second in the nation in turnover margin, forcing 5.4 more turnovers per game than committing. The Broncos also ranked 13th in steals, averaging 8.8 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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