BOISE, Idaho - Natural regional rivalries and top-25 teams are scattered throughout the 2010-11 Boise State men's basketball schedule, which was announced today (July 16) by Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice.
"Scheduling is always a difficult task, but we are excited for the upcoming season and are proud of what our coaches have been able to accomplish," said Rice. "We are very excited for the upcoming year, as we have a lot of great nonconference challenges to prepare us for league play."
The Broncos open the 2009-10 season at home against Western State (Colo.) (Nov. 13) before heading to the Golden State to take on San Diego (Nov. 19) and UC Davis (Nov. 21). Boise State will then return home for Thanksgiving week to play host to Eastern Washington (Nov. 24) and Denver (Nov. 27).
Closing out the month of November, the Broncos will head east to face Northern Illinois (Nov. 29) before heading back to the friendly confines of Taco Bell Arena to welcome Long Beach State (Dec. 5).
Boise State will not be able to get too comfortable on their home floor however as they quickly return to the road as they head south to face-off against UNLV (Dec. 8) before heading to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Drake (Dec. 12).
The Broncos return to Boise for one last nonconference game at home before league play begins when they host Texas Pan America (Dec. 19), then make a quick trip over to Portland to face the Pilots (Dec. 22).
"Before entering conference play, there will be plenty of games to test our ability against some top-25 caliber teams and a number of other schools who are likely to dominate their respective conferences. In addition, the potential for natural regional rivalries that can be created by playing many west coast schools is very exciting for Bronco Nation."
The schedule is still tentative at this point and Boise State is still hoping to schedule one more nonconference home game early on in the season.
The Broncos open Western Athletic Conference play against Louisiana Tech, Dec. 29.
Attached is the complete tentative 2010-11 schedule.