After going undefeated during the month of November, the Boise State men’s basketball team (6-0) returns home to Taco Bell Arena to square off against Long Beach State (3-4). Tip-off against the 49ers is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday (Dec. 5).
The team, currently tied with Hawai’i atop the Western Athletic Conference standings, will then hit the road for three games, traveling to face UNLV (Dec. 8), Drake (Dec. 12) and Utah (Dec. 17).
A GOOD START
Boise State has won each of its first six games, and is one of just 28 undefeated teams left in the country (through Nov. 30).
The only other time Boise State began a season 6-0 was in 1987-88, when the team finished 24-6, won the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and made the NCAA Tournament.
The Broncos and 49ers are facing each other for the first time since Boise State left the Big West following the 2000-01 season. The Broncos hold a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series, and are 2-2 at home.
RECORD AGAINST CONFERENCE
The 49ers are a member of the Big West Conference, a league in which the Broncos held membership from 1996-2001. Boise State is 43-28 all-time against teams currently in the Big West, including a 67-47 win at UC Davis this season (Nov. 21). The Broncos compiled a record of 44-36 during their five seasons in the conference.
DEBUT FOR RICE
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 6-0.
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 broncosports.com.