MW/MV Challenge Brings Loyola
Nov. 27, 2017
Boise State (5-1) vs. Loyola Chicago (7-0)
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WATCH: The game will air on the Mountain West Network.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson as the analyst.
MW/MVC CHALLENGE: All 10 games in this year’s MW/MVC Challengewill take place this week. The agreement between the two conferences is in the third year of a four-year term.
The MW has an all-time series edge of 3-1-2 in six previous Challenge seasons, including an overall advantage of 33-22 in games played in association with the series. Last season the two conferences split the 10-game series, 5-5.
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BOISE STATE IN THE CHALLENGE: Boise State is 3-1 all-time in MW/MVC Challenge games. Last season the Broncos dropped its Challenge game at Evansville, 72-67.
Prior to last season’s loss at Evansville, Boise State defeated Bradley 90-70, on Dec. 20, 2015 in the previous year. The Broncos also took down Indiana State 74-65, Dec. 3, 2011, at Taco Bell Arena in their first year as a member of the Mountain West, along with an 83-70 win at then-No. 11 Creighton Nov. 28, 2012 – the highest-ranked opponent the Broncos have defeated in program history.
ABOUT LOYOLA CHICAGO: The Ramblers (7-0) are off to their best start since the 2010-11 campaign when they also started the season 7-0. Loyola was picked to finish third in the MVC Preseason Poll and is led by four players averaging double-digit points: Marques Townes (15.4), Clayton Custer (14.1), Donte Ingram (13.9) and Aundre Jackson (12.4).
THE SERIES: Tuesday’s game will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools. Loyola won the first meeting on Dec. 23, 2014, 48-45, in the championship game at the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.
CLEANING UP ON THE GLASS: Currently with a +9.5 rebounding margin average (No. 28 in NCAA), Boise State has been sensational rebounding the basketball through six games this season. The Broncos outrebounded Loyola Marymount by 24 (48-24) last Saturday, giving them their second game this season where they have outrebounded an opponent by at least 20.
This is the first season in head coach Leon Rice’s eight year tenure that the Broncos have outrebounded two Division I teams by 20 or more in the same season. Before this season, Boise State had achieved the +20 margin on the glass in eight previous games during Rice’s time at the helm. Six of those eight games were against non-Division I teams.
STINGY FIRST 20 MINUTES: Boise State limited Loyola Marymount to just 26 points in the first half. The Broncos have held opponents to less than 30 points in five of six games this season. The only game Boise State has given up more than 30 in the first half was against Iowa State (Nov. 19 – 39 points).
NOVEMBER SUCCESS AT HOME: Boise State will be defending a perfect 24-0 record on in November home games at Taco Bell Arena in Rice’s eight-year tenure. The Broncos are 38-12 (76%) overall in November during Rice’s time at Boise State, as well.
SOPHOMORES STEPPING UP: Justinian Jessup, Alex Hobbs and Marcus Dickinson continue to have exceptional sophomore nonconference seasons. Jessup matched a career high with 22 points against Loyola Marymount in his first game starting this season, Hobbs notched his sixth-straight game in double figures (10 points) against the Lions and Dickinson also matched a career high in points with 13.
DEFENDING THE 3-POINTER: The Broncos have been elite at defending the 3-pointer so far this season, as their opponents are shooting just 23.8 percent (31-of-130) from distance – good for No. 7 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Mountain West.
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