Charleston Classic Begins Thursday
Nov. 15, 2016
THE GAME: Boise State (1-0) opens the 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic Thursday, against tournament-host College of Charleston (2-0). The Broncos and Cougars are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN3 in the final game of the tournament's opening day at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
WATCH: Boise State makes its 2016-17 television debut Thursday, on ESPN3. The game will be live streamed via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app with participating television or internet providers.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Thursday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network with 670 KBOI serving as the flagship station. Gary Griffith will be on the call.
ABOUT C of C: The Cougars are off to a 2-0 start and are led by three double-figure scorers. Joe Chealey paces College of Charleston wtih 19 points per game. The Cougars are forcing 17 turnovers a game.
TOURNAMENT BRACKET: The subsequent rounds of the Charleston Classic take place Friday (Nov. 18) and Sunday (Nov. 20). Boise State will face either Mississippi State or Central Florida in the second round. The other half of the bracket includes No. 3 Villanova, Western Michigan, UTEP and Wake Forest.
AGAINST THE FIELD: Boise State has never faced six of the seven teams joining the Broncos at the Charleston Classic. The only teams Boise State has previously met on the hardwood are UTEP and Western Michigan.
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AGAINST THE HOME TEAM: This marks Boise State's third appearance in a major early-season tournament in the last four years. The Broncos have been pitted against the host in the first round all three times. Boise State defeated Hawai'i to open the 2013 Diamond Head Classic. Last season the Broncos beat Big West-representative UC Irvine in their first game at the Wooden Legacy.
ROAD LESS TRAVELED: Beginning with its trip to the Charleston Classic, Boise State will log 9,138 miles over three weeks. The stretch includes eight games in four time zones.
TIME TRAVEL: Boise State will play seven games from Nov. 20 to Dec. 10, without playing consecutive games in the same time zone.
SEASON SEVEN: Leon Rice begins his seventh season as the head coach of Boise State men's basketball. Rice has led the Broncos to unprecedented success with two NCAA Tournament at-large bids (2013 and 2015), five 20-win seasons (four consecutive) and a conference title (2014-15).
NOVEMBER SUCCESS: Boise State is 30-8 in the month of November, under seventh-year head coach Leon Rice. The Broncos are 20-0 at Taco Bell Arena in such games.
BIG OPENER: Chandler Hutchison kicked off his junior campaign with a 23-point, 11-rebound effort in the season opener against Northwest (Nov. 12). It marked the first 20 and 10 game by a Bronco in a season opener since 2007 (Reggie Larry).
DAY ONE: Justinian Jessup became the fourth true freshman to start a Boise State season opener in the last 12 seasons.
ON THE SCENE: Boise State's appearance at the Gildan Charleston Classic will continue a trend of high-profile appearances for the Broncos under Leon Rice. The Charleston Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events. The group also runs the the Wooden Legacy, where Boise State battled Michigan State and Arizona last season, and the Diamond Head Classic, where the Broncos were runners-up in 2013. The appearance at the Diamond Head Classic was Boise State's first major early-season tournament appearance since the 2000 Pearl Harbor Classic.
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