The Boise State men’s basketball team returns to Taco Bell Arena for its first home game of the season after opening the year with a five-game road trip. The Broncos will take on North Texas, Saturday, November 28, with tipoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Broncos have not faced the Mean Green since the two were former Big West rivals, as Boise State leads the all-time series 7-1 over North Texas. However, things have changed for North Texas since the Broncos left the Big West, as the Mean Green owned an overall record 26-79 (.245) between those years, but now North Texas has won at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons.
While the Broncos have had some trouble on the road to start the year, owning an overall record of 3-2, their home record over the last few years has been remarkable. In fact, last season alone, Boise State posted a record of 13-3 at home for a winning percentage of 81.3 percent.
TWO FOR ONE BRONCO FOOTBALL-BASKETBALL TICKET SPECIAL: Fans who attended the Boise State-Nevada football game can use their ticket stub for a Buy One, Get One Free ticket deal to the Bronco men's basketball home opener on Saturday night against North Texas. The offer is good at the Taco Bell Arena Box Office on Saturday night with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket for the game. Ticket prices for Bronco basketball are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older) and $5 for youth (high school and younger).
ABOUT NORTH TEXAS: The Mean Green is 61st in the country in scoring with 79.2 points per game, but is once again doing it with a multi-faceted attack. Eight different North Texas players are averaging 5.5 points per game or more, and 10 players average over 12 minutes per game … The Mean Green improved to a 3-1 record for a fourth straight season - a first in the program's 92-year history. In the last 30 seasons the Mean Green has started 3-1 just eight other times, and NT finished with a .500 record or better in each of those eight seasons. You have to go all the way back to 1971-72 to find a 3-1 Mean Green squad that went on to a losing season.
NORTH TEXAS VS. THE WAC: North Texas has a 24-69 all-time record against current teams from the Western Athletic Conference. The league is dotted with several former conference mates of the Mean Green, including former Sun Belt members New Mexico State, Idaho and Utah State. NT was in the Southland Conference with Louisiana Tech, and competed against Boise State, Nevada, Idaho and Utah State in the Great West Conference. The only WAC teams to never share a conference with NT are Fresno State, San Jose State and Hawaii.
STARTING STRONG: For the third consecutive season, the Broncos opened the regular season with a win, beating out the Lions 90-87. In each of the last two seasons in which Boise State posted a ‘W’ in its opener, it has gone on to make an appearance in postseason play. The Broncos are 6-2 in season openers under head coach Greg Graham.
SEASON OPENING WINS = NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS: The last two seasons Boise State opened the season with a win, the Broncos posted a nonconference record of 10-6 (2008-09) and 13-5 (2007-08). However, when Boise State has opened the season with a loss, they have posted a nonconference record of 9-6 (2006-07).