Broncos Travel to Face Northern Illinois

The Boise State men's basketball team (5-0) closes out its November schedule, traveling to Dekalb, Ill., to face Northern Illinois (2-2). The Broncos and Huskies square off Monday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. (MT) at the NIU Convocation Center.

The team, currently tied with Hawai'i atop the Western Athletic Conference standings, will kick off the month of December at home against Long Beach State Sunday (Dec. 5), at 2 p.m.

Boise State's 5-0 start in 2010-11 marks the first time since the 1987-88 season the team has won its first five games.  The Broncos began the season 6-0 in 1987-88, the best start in school history.

Monday's game is the first meeting all-time between the Broncos and Huskies.

The Broncos are 5-4 against the Mid-American Conference, including a 3-2 record against Northern Illinois' counterparts in the West Division.

Leon Rice, in his debut season after being named the seventh head coach in school history, is off to the best start of any head coach since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season. No other coach won his first three games at the helm of the program, and Rice is already 5-0.

Rice joined the Broncos after spending the last 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Gonzaga. He had served as the associate head coach with the Bulldogs since 2007.

Bob Behler is in his third season as the "Voice of the Broncos," and his 25th calling college basketball games. Joining Behler, and also in his third season, is former Bronco Abe Jackson, who played for Boise State from 1998-2002.

All Bronco games will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard live at

Boise State defeated Eastern Washington 83-54 (Nov. 24), and Denver 65-52 (Nov. 27), sweeping last week's home series at Taco Bell Arena.

Robert Arnold led the way for the Broncos in both games, scoring a season-high 26 points against the Eagles and 22 points against the Pioneers. Zach Moritz came off the bench to score in double figures in both games, notching a career-high 18 against EWU and 13 against DU.

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