Men's Hoops Hosts Exhibition Friday
Nov. 5, 2015
Boise State vs Northwest (Exhibition)
Friday, Nov. 6 | 8 p.m. MT | Taco Bell Arena
UP NOW: Boise State hosts Northwest (Wash.) University Friday, Nov. 6, in its lone exhibition game of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT, but will begin no less than 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Bronco women's basketball exhibition against Southern Oregon, which tips at 5:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets start at $9 for the men's game. They are currently on sale to season ticket holders and will be available to the general public beginning Friday morning. Special Offer: All fans who arrive before halftime of the women's game and purchase a $6 ticket can stay for the men's game for free.
PARKING: Parking for the men's game Friday is free in the East Stadium Lot. Permits will be required for the West Stadium Lot once the women's game tips off.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Live video and audio of the game can be found for free at BroncoSports.com. Also catch Bob Behler and Abe Jackson call the game on the Bronco Radio Network, including the flagship station 670 KBOI in Boise.
UP NEXT: Boise State opens the regular season Friday, Nov. 13, at Montana at 7 p.m. MT. It will the Broncos' first true road game in a season opener since Nov. 11, 2006, at Wyoming.
BRONCOS PICKED SECOND: Boise State men's basketball was picked to finish second in the Mountain West in a preseason poll of media members from the league's 11 markets. Thr Broncos picked up two first-place votes and tallied 234 points in the poll. San Diego State led the preseason poll with 272 points and 22 of the 25 first-place votes.
PRESEASON ALL-MW: Anthony Drmic and James Webb III were selected to the preseason All-Mountain West First Team. Drmic was also picked to the preseason All-MW First Team prior to last season. He has twice made the All-Mountain West Second Team at year's end. Webb, a redshirt junior, is the only non-senior on the preseason all-conference team. He was a second-team All-MW pick last season as well as the conference's newcomer of the year and an all-defensive team selection. Boise State is the only school with two representatives on the five-member preseason all-conference team. Joining Drmic and Webb are Josh Adams (Wyoming), Marvelle Harris (Fresno State) and Winston Shepard (San Diego State). Harris, the only returning member of last year's All-MW First Team, was chosen as the preseason MW Player of the Year.
BETTER WITH AGE: Boise State enters the season with one of its oldest teams in recent memory. The Bronco roster includes four redshirt seniors, a redshirt junior and two freshmen who did not enroll immediately after high school. As of the first day of official practice (Oct. 2), the average age of student-athletes on the Boise State roster is 20.97 years or 7,659 days.
SENIOR YEAR, TAKE TWO: Anthony Drmic was granted a fifth year of eligibility after his 2014-15 campaign was cut short by injury. Drmic played in just seven games during his fourth campaign as a Bronco before undergoing season-ending ankle surgery. Doctors performed reconstructive suregery on his left ankle Jan. 15, and Drmic is still recovering. He has been a full participant in practice since September and is expectd to be back to full strength this month.
COMIN' FOR THAT NO. 1 SPOT: Anthony Drmic enters the season with 1,528 points, seventh all-time. He is 416 points shy of Tanoka Beard's all-time record (1,944). Over a 32-game season, Drmic would need to average 13 points per to break the record. If he averages 14.8 points per game over 32 games he would become the first 2,000-point scorer in program history.
GOOD OMEN: James Webb III is the third Bronco to win a conference's Newcomer of the Year Award and the first since 1996. Previously, Arnell Jones (1987) and Joe Wyatt (1996) earned the honor in the Big Sky Conference. In their next season, both Jones and Wyatt were named first-team all-conference. Jones was the 1988 Big Sky Player of the Year.
BIG PLUS: In 2014-15 MW play, Boise State outscored its opponents by 211 points while James Webb III was on the floor, the largest margin of any Bronco. Opponents averaged just 56.9 points per 40 minutes with Webb on the floor, while Boise State averaged 71.7.
TAKING HIS OPPORTUNITY: James Webb III took his opportunity and ran with it. Webb did not score in Boise State's first five contests, seeing the floor in just three of them and playing a combined 13 minutes. In the Broncos' sixth game, he led Boise State in scoring at North Carolina State (12 points) after not playing the first 26 minutes. Over the final 29 games, Webb averaged 12.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He started 27 games, scored in double figures 20 times and recorded eight double-doubles.
THREE-POINT THREAT: Nick Duncan is a career 39.3 percent three-point shooter, making 117 in his first two seasons- already No. 14 in school history. Duncan recovered from an early slump in 2014-15 to shoot 38.4 percent on the year. He shot 46.5 percent from deep in the final 13 games of the season, helping Boise State to the NCAA Tournament.
FINDING HIS PLACE: Chandler Hutchison arrived at Boise State as the highest-ranked recruit in school history. The first ESPN top-100 prospect to sign with the Broncos, Hutchison played just 87 minutes during the nonconference season with most of his minutes coming against Division II opponents. After logging just one combined minute in the first three conference games, Hutchison was inserted in the starting lineup against UNLV (Jan. 10). The Broncos would win their next eight games and Hutchison remained in the starting five. With him in the lineup, Boise State went 15-3 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In two games at the MW Championship, Hutchison averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
LOCAL FLAVOR: Boise State men's basketball has two student-athletes who graduated from Idaho high schools on the roster at the same time for the first time since 2006-07. Malek Harwell (Pocatello; Century HS) and Cody Spjute (Boise; Borah HS) are the first such duo since Matt Bauscher (Caldwell; Vallivue HS) and Steve Tracy (Nampa; Bishop Kelly HS). Spjute is the first Boise School District product to make the Bronco roster since Booke Nabors (2000-04). Nabors was also a Borah High graduate.
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