Regular Season Starts Friday
Nov. 9, 2017

Boise State vs. Eastern Oregon
Friday, Nov. 10 | 8 p.m. (MT) | Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
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Boise State (0-0) opens the 2017-18 regular season Friday, against Eastern Oregon (4-0). The Broncos and Mountaineers will tip off at 8 p.m. (MT) at Taco Bell Arena.

TICKETS / DOUBLEHEADER DEAL: With the Boise State women’s basketball team playing beforehand at 5:30 p.m. against Northwest Christian, Bronco fans will be given the opportunity to purchase a $6 ticket to attend both contests if they arrive at the women’s game before halftime.

Fans who arrive after halftime of the women’s game will receive normal single-game men’s basketball prices.

RADIO: Radio coverage of Friday's game will be broadcast on 670 KBOI. Chris Lewis will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson providing color commentary.

ABOUT EASTERN OREGON: The Mountaineers are a perfect 4-0 so far with victories against Fraser Valley (B.C.), Trinity Western (B.C.), Ottawa (Ariz.) and Northwest Indian. EOU is led by sophomore guard Max McCullough, who is averaging 20 points per game.

UP NEXT: Boise State will have a short turnaround as they will host Southern Utah, Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. back at Taco Bell Arena.

FIVE GAMES, 10 DAYS: Friday’s season opener marks the beginning of a 10-day stretch where the Broncos will play five games. After the homestand against the Mountaineers and Thunderbirds, Boise State will travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach from Nov. 16-17. Boise State will open the tournament with UTEP (Thursday, Nov. 16 – 12 p.m. (MT)). Next week’s trip to South Carolina will be the program’s fourth appearance in a major early-season tournament in five years.

SEASON EIGHT: Leon Rice enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Boise State men’s basketball team. The Broncos hit the 20-win plateau for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in Rice’s eight years at the helm last season (20-12). The unprecedented success has been encapsulated by NCAA Tournament appearances (2013 and 2015) and a recent trip to the 2017 National Invitation Tournament.

HOME OPENERS: The Broncos are 40-9 in home openers and have won the last 14. Last season the Blue and Orange dispatched Northwest Christian 85-46 in its opener at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State's last loss in a home opener was Nov. 18, 2002, in a 73-59 setback to Eastern Illinois.

BRONCOS PICKED THIRD: Boise State was picked to finish third in the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll, as voted on by 24 media members who cover the league. The Broncos picked up 211 points and two first-place votes while Nevada was picked to repeat as league champions, garnering 19 first-place votes and 257 points. San Diego State was slotted in second with two first-place votes and 229 points.

HUTCHISON HONORED: The 6-foot-7-inch senior guard has received a considerable amount of preseason attention as he was first selected as the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s media members last month, and was one of 50 players recently named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List – presented annually to college basketball's most outstanding player.

Last season he was voted All-Mountain West First Team, USBWA All-District VIII and NABC All-District 17 First Team after averaging 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. He also became the first Bronco in program history to record 500 points, 250 rebounds and 75 assists in the same season.

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