Home Opener Tuesday Against Montana
Nov. 17, 2014
Tuesday, Nov. 18 vs Montana 8 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball hosts Montana Tuesday, in its home opener. The Broncos (2-0) and Grizzlies (0-1) are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. (MT). It is the second game of a doubleheader as the Boise State women take on New Mexico State, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in Taco Bell Arena.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s games will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI (670 AM) serving as the flagship station. The broadcast will also be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.
LIVE VIDEO: The game can be watched live, for free, on the Mountain West Network. Visit BroncoSports.com/videos/ for live, upcoming and archived games.
TICKETS: Tickets purchased for the women's game (before halftime) will be honored for the men's game. Single-game men's basketball tickets start at $11 for adults, and are available to purchase online at BroncoSports.com/tickets or through the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office in person or by phone (208-426-4737). Season tickets are also still available, starting at just $149.
PARKING: The West Stadium Lot will be by permit only. Parking in the East Stadium Lot is open to permit holders and available to purchase on a single-game basis.
HOME OPENERS: Boise State is 37-9 all-time in home openers as a four-year school. The Broncos have won 11-straight season debuts. Boise State’s last loss in a home opener was Nov. 18, 2002, in a 73-59 setback to Eastern Illinois.
ABOUT MONTANA: The Grizzlies are under the direction of first-year head coach Travis DeCuire. The DeCruire era opened Saturday, with an 83-66 loss at Colorado State. Two starters return from last year’s team, including Jordan Gregory who averaged 13.8 points per game.
BORN-AGAIN RIVALRY: Tuesday will rekindle one of the first rivalries in program history. The Broncos and Grizzlies faced off 54 times as Big Sky foes from 1971 to 1996. They have met just three times since, with Montana winning the last two in 2006 and 2009 (both played in Missoula) and leading the all-time series 32-26.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State opened its 2014-15 season with two wins at the LMU Classic in Los Angeles. The Broncos defeated San Diego 81-75 Friday, in the season opener before taking down tournament-host Loyola Marymount 77-69, Saturday. Anthony Drmic scored 21 points in the first game, helping the Broncos come back from a first-half deficit. Mikey Thompson and Nick Duncan each scored 15 to pace Boise State against the Lions.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State is 49-14 at Taco Bell Arena under head coach Leon Rice, including a 28-2 mark in nonconference games. Boise State has won 28 of its last 34 overall at home.
NOVEMBER SUCCESS: Boise State is 24-2 in the month of November, under fifth-year head coach Leon Rice. The Broncos are 16-0 at Taco Bell Arena in such games. Boise State has won 10-straight November games, including a win at No. 11 Creighton Nov. 28, 2012. The last November loss was at No. 14 Michigam State Nov. 20, 2012. The only other loss came at Long Beach State Nov. 22, 2011.
GROWING UP FAST: David Wacker became the third Bronco freshman in the last 10 years to start a season opener. Wacker joins current teammates Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic (2011-12) as the only freshmen to start an opener for Boise State since Coby Karl in 2003-04. Wacker scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes during his debut.
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: Seniors Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks are the top active scorers in the Mountain West. Drmic’s 1,456 points rank No. 17 in conference history and he is eight points shy of cracking the top 15. Marks jumped three spots to No. 22 with his 11 points Saturday, to give him 1,302 for his career. Boise State’s dynamic duo are the only active MW men’s basketball student-athletes with 1,000 career points. Next is Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. with 909. See page 7 of the release for a complete list of the MW all-time top 25.
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