Broncos Continue NIT Run at Illinois
March 17, 2017

No. 6 Boise State at No. 2 Illinois
NIT Second Round
Monday, March 20 | 8 p.m. CT | Champaign, Ill. (State Farm Center)
Radio: Bronco Radio Network
Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Boise State Tournament Notes

THE GAME: Boise State will play at Illinois Monday, in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Broncos (20-11) and Fighting Illini (19-14) will tip off at 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT, televised on ESPN.

WATCH: The game will be televised by ESPN. Channel Finder: DirecTV 206, Dish 140, Cable ONE 133/1133.
Play-by-Play: Doug Sherman
Analyst: Stephen Howard

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Monday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties. The pregame show will begin at 6:30 pm MT. The broadcast can also be heard live online at

ABOUT ILLINOIS: The Illini defeated Valparaiso 82-57 Tuesday, in the first round of the NIT. Malcolm Hill leads Illinois with 17 points and 3.1 assists per game.
All-Time Series: Illinois leads 1-0. The Illini won 84-77 at home, Dec. 5, 2009.

BRONCOS IN THE NIT: This is Boise State’s fifth trip to the NIT, previously earning berths in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2004. The Broncos are 4-4 all-time in the tournament, this is the third time they have reached the round of 16.

POSTSEASON APPEARANCES: Boise State is making its 14th postseason appearance in program history and fourth in Leon Rice’s seven years as head coach (two NCAA Tournaments, one NIT and one CBI).

RECORD PERFORMANCE: Junior Chandler Hutchison scored 34 points Tuesday, in Boise State’s first-round win at Utah. Hutchison’s career-high scoring performance was the most points by a Bronco in a postseason game in school history.

WINNING 20: Boise State recorded another 20-win of season, its sixth in leon Rice’s seven seasons and fifth in a row. Boise State is one of 27 schools nationally with five-straight 20-win seasons. Prior to Rice’s arrival, Boise State had seven 20-win seasons and no more than three in a row.

POWER MOVE: Boise State’s win at Utah Tuesday, was the third all-time road win against a “power five” conference opponent and the first since 2003. All three such wins have come against Pac-12 teams (Oregon State, 2003; Washington State, 1973).

FIRST OF ITS KIND: Boise State earned the first postseason win away from home in program history Tuesday, at Utah.

SEASON SAVER: With Boise State trailing by five and just 11 minutes left in its first round NIT game against Utah, freshman Marcus Dickinson sparked a game-winning, season-extending run. Dickinson scored six consecutive Bronco points in two minutes, then with 4:55 to play hit a game-tying three-pointer. His free throw with 45 seconds remaining capped a 16-1 run and put the Broncos ahead by 10. Dickinson’s career-high 12 points against Utah account for 14.1 percent of his scoring output this season.

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