Broncos Hold Tight To Conference Top Spot as They Take On BYU
When the Western Athletic Conference announced the preseason men’s basketball coaches poll, not a single coach ever imagined to see Boise State atop the conference standings. In fact, the Broncos received just three first-place votes among the voting media and finished fifth in both of the polls.

However, with just a few weeks remaining in nonconference play, the Broncos currently hold on tight to the No. 1 spot in the conference as they prepare to take on a talented undefeated Brigham Young team, who knocked an undefeated Utah State team out of the WAC’s top spot over the weekend. Boise State is scheduled to tip-off against BYU this evening at 8:05 p.m. (MST).

While the Broncos have found great success against the Cougars in recent years, coming out victorious in their last two meetings, both of those wins came on Boise State’s home court. Much like Boise State has an impressive home game winning percentage, none are more intimidating than that of BYU’s as they currently lead the nation with the longest home winning streak at 51-games. In fact, the last time the Cougars lost at the Marriott Center was Nov. 18, 2005 to Loyola Marymount, 81-73, in coach Dave Rose’s first year and only loss on their home court. 

Even though the Broncos have taken the last two games, Boise State has not won a game down at Brigham Young since the 1996-97 season when the Broncos beat out the Cougars 65-58 at the BYU Cougar Classic. However, head coach Greg Graham has found great success against Brigham Young’s coach, as Graham owns a perfect 2-0 record against coach Rose.

A perfect record does not seem to intimidate Boise State. Earlier this season, the Broncos took on another undefeated school from the Mountain West Conference, as Boise State played host to Wyoming and served the Cowboys their first loss of the season with a layup by senior forward Mark Sanchez in the final second of play, pushing the Broncos ahead to win the game, 86-85.

One thing that fans can expect is a close and exciting match-up between these two teams. In their last three match-ups, the game has been decided by an average of 3.3 points, with last season’s Boise State victory being one of the most thrilling as the Broncos beat out the 20th ranked Cougars, 73-70 in the final minutes of play. In fact, the victory marked Boise State’s first win over a ranked opponent since beating out Nevada in the 2005 WAC tournament.

With the conference top-spot on the line for the Broncos, and the Cougars’ desire to keep their home winning streak alive while ending Boise State’s winning streak against them, the game is guaranteed to be intense and close.  The game will be broadcast on The Mountain Network or fans can follow along on game tracker, whose link can be found at www.byucougars.com. Go Broncos!

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