Broncos Head to Vegas for Match-up with Ranked Rebels

The Boise State men’s basketball team kicks off a stretch of three-straight road games at No. 19/20 UNLV, Wednesday (Dec. 8). The Broncos and Runnin’ Rebels are slated to tip-off at 8:05 p.m. (MT) at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

The team will then travel to face Drake (Dec. 12) and Utah (Dec. 17).

Boise State won each of its first six games of 2010-11, matching its best start in school history, and was one of the nation’s final 20 undefeated teams.

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 Runnin’ Rebels have met twice previously, though this year’s meeting will be the first during the regular season. UNLV defeated Boise State 103-78 in Eugene, Ore., in the first round of the 1976 NCAA Tournament. The Broncos were victorious in the second meeting, notching an 84-69 home victory in the first round of the 2004 National Invitation Tournament.

The Broncos are 15-26 against teams currently in the Mountain West Conference, a league the team will join beginning in 2011-12.

Leon Rice, in his debut season after being named the seventh head coach in school history, is the only coach to begin his career with six-consecutive wins. Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, no other coach won more than two-straight to start his career.

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

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