Broncos Face Mississippi State Friday
Nov. 18, 2016
THE GAME: Boise State (1-1) will face Mississippi State (1-1) Friday, at the Gildan Charleston Classic. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN3 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs are 1-1 after suffering an 86-61 setback Thursday, agaisnt Central Florida. MSU is coached by Ben Howland, in his second season with the Bulldogs.
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 Friday's game will be broadcast on 1350 AM KTIK. Gary Griffith will be on the call. The pregame show will begin at 4:30 pm MT. The broadcast can also be heard live online at BroncoSports.com.
AGAINST THE SEC: This is the first meeting between Boise State and Mississippi State on the hardwood. The Broncos are 2-4 all-time against members of the Southeastern Conference, including a 2-2 record during Leon Rice’s tenure. The Broncos beat LSU (Dec. 14, 2012) and South Carolina (Dec. 23, 2013).
EVERYTHING BUT THE SHOOTING: Boise State suffered its first loss of the season Thursday, against tournament-host College of Charleston despite achieving a number of benchmarks that typically result in a win. The Broncos outrebounded the Cougars (record under Leon Rice when doing so: 84-26), kept them under 70 points (91-28), held them under 45 percent shooting (81-21) and limited them to four three-pointers (42-16). However Boise State shot 34.6 percent from the floor, and 19 percent from three-point range.
POWER PLAY: Under Leon Rice, Boise State is 6-3 in home or neutral-site games against “Power 5” schools, including two wins against SEC schools.
OFF NIGHT: In its loss to College of Charleston Thursday, Boise State was held to 34.6 percent shooting from the floor. It was the 16th time in Leon Rice’s seven seasons the Broncos were held under 35 percent shooting.
FEW TRIPLES: Boise State shot 4-for-21 from three-point range Thursday. It is just the 28th time in Leon Rice’s 199 games as Boise State’s head coach that the Broncos were held to four or fewer three-pointers.
OTHER THAN HUTCHISON: Chandler Hutchison was 10-for-19 from the field Thursday, against College of Charleston. The rest of the Broncos combined to shoot 8-for-33. Nick Duncan made three of those shots, all beyond the arc.
OUR SIDE OF THE BRACKET: Boise State is joined on the consolation side of the bracket by Mississippi State, UTEP and Western Michigan. UTEP and WMU were the only two teams in the field Boise State had faced prior to this week.
PUERTO RICO NEXT YEAR: Boise State will travel to the 2017 Tire Pros Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The tournament will take place Nov. 16, 17 and 19, and Boise State will be joined by Florida State, Illinois State, Iowa State, South Carolina, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Michigan
HISTORIC START: Chandler Hutchison is averaging 23.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game through the first two contests of his junior year. Hutchison has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each outing, becoming the first Bronco to record such numbers in consecutive games since 1993 (Tanoka Beard). Hutchison is the first Bronco to do so in the first two games of a season since at least 1986-87 (as far back as Boise State game-by-game records reach).
CAREER NIGHT: Chandler Hutchison recorded career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds Thursday, against College of Charleston. He also posted career highs in minutes (37), field goals made (10) and field goals attempted (19).
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