Broncos Set for Myrtle Beach
Nov. 15, 2017

Boise State (2-0) vs. UTEP (1-0)
2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach | First Round
Thursday, Nov. 16 - 2 p.m. (ET) / 12 p.m. (MT) | Conway, S.C. (Coastal Carolina University - HTC Center)
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THE GAME:
Boise State (2-0) will play UTEP (1-0) in the first round of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. (ET). The tournament will be played on the campus of Coastal Carolina University at the HTC Center.

The Broncos will play either South Carolina or Illinois State Friday. The other side of the bracket includes Appalachian State, Iowa State, Tulsa and Western Michigan.

ON THE WORLDWIDE LEADER: The matchup against UTEP will air on ESPNU – the first televised game of the season for the Broncos. Boise State will play 11 games on ESPN Networks this season.

Rich Hollenburg and LaPhonso Ellis will be on the call for Thursday’s game.

RADIO: Radio coverage of Thursday’s game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 1350 KTIK serving as the flagship station. Chris Lewis will handle play-by-play duties.

ABOUT UTEP: The Miners are 1-0 so far in the 2017-18 season with a 100-50 victory against Louisiana College. Six players scored in double digits that game with Isiah Osborne leading the way with 17 points. Fellow guard Omega Harris was named to the Conference USA Men's Basketball Preseason Team after averaging 17 points per game as a junior last season.

RIVALRY RENEWED: This will mark the 12th all-time meeting between Boise State and UTEP in men’s basketball, with the previous 11 all coming while both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The last meeting saw UTEP end Boise State’s Cinderella run at the 2005 WAC Tournament.

The eighth-seeded Broncos won three times to reach the title game, including a quarterfinal win against top-seeded and 24th-ranked Nevada on the Wolf Pack’s home floor, before running out of gas against the No. 2 seed Miners. Boise State and UTEP shared a conference for four seasons, meeting in the conference tournament three times.

BACK TO THE BIG STAGE: Boise State's appearance at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach will continue a trend of high-profile tournaments for the Broncos under Leon Rice. The Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach is owned and operated by ESPN Events.

The Broncos competed at the 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic last season and went 1-2 with a win against Western Michigan, who is also in this week’s tournament.

ESPN Events also runs the Wooden Legacy, where Boise State battled Michigan State and Arizona two years, 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.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: Boise State scored 194 points over the course of the two-game home-opening weekend against Eastern Oregon (104-65) and Southern Utah (90-69). The 194 points in consecutive games is the most since the 2013-14 season when the team opened the season scoring 116 on Nov. 8, 2013 in a win against UT Arlington, and then 110 on Nov. 15, 2013 in a win against Simpson, totaling 226 points for the two games.

SUPER SOPHOMORES: Bronco sophomores Alex Hobbs and Justinian Jessup combined for 77 points in the team’s two games last weekend.

Hobbs excelled in the home opener against Eastern Oregon with 21 points on 100 percent shooting from the field in going 9-for-9 – including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The flawless effort from the field made him just the third Bronco in school history to finish a game with a perfect field goal percentage with at least nine shot attempts.

Jessup exploded for a career-high 22 points against Southern Utah with six 3-pointers – also a career high. The Longmont, Colo., native also went for 15 points against Eastern Oregon. He scored more than 15 points just two games last season.

DIALING IN FROM DISTANCE: The Broncos knocked down 29 3-pointers in the season-opening two-game stretch against Eastern Oregon and Southern Utah. That marks just the second time in the last two seasons that Boise State has hit 29 3-pointers in consecutive games.


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