The Boise State men’s basketball team will return to the floor Saturday, Dec. 19, in the first double header with the women’s team of the 2009-10 season. While the women will start things off against their second consecutive West Coast Conference opponent as they face off against Santa Clara at 1 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena. Following the conclusion of the women’s game, the men will take the court to take on Houston Baptist at approximately 3:15 p.m.
Fans planning to attend Saturday’s double header can take advantage of an amazing deal. You can get a $5 ticket to both games if the ticket is purchased prior to halftime of the women’s game. Tickets for Saturday’s competition will be reserved seating.
This marks the second of a five game stretch at home for the men, who have only played in two games at Taco Bell Arena all season, owning a record of 1-1 on their home court. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Broncos have lost just four games at home and will look to continue their winning tradition at Taco Bell Arena.
About Houston Baptist...
- Houston Baptist is 1-9 on the season after dropping a close 68-65 loss to Santa Clara. Despite trailing by as many as 16 in the second half , the Huskies out-scored the Broncos 25-12 to close the game and fall just three points short of a victory. Wendell Preadom led all scorers with 19 points, connecting on 5-12 from the floor and 9-10 at the foul line. The senior also pulled down four rebounds, had two steals and two assists. Andrew Gonzalez finished the night with 15 points and six rebounds. He has now reached double-digits in scoring in eight of the nine games he has played in this season.
- Andrew Gonzalez leads the team in not only scoring, averaging 17.0 ppg, but in field goal percentage (.490), 3-point field goal percentage (.343) and free throw percentage (.811). Also making an impact for the Huskies is Mario Flaherty averaging 13.2 points per game and is the teams leading rebounder (8.3 rpg). While Houston Baptist’s bigs may lead the team in the points category, the guard play of Wendell Preadom shouldn’t be overlooked as he is one of three Huskies to average 13+ points on the season at 13.4 ppg. Be on the watch for Michael Moss to make an impact as he leads HBU in both assits (3.7 apg) and steals (1.8 spg).
- As a team, the Huskies are shooting at a .393 clip, and they are at .245 from the three-point line. HBU is shooting .702 from the line for the season. They are getting outrebounded by 1.0 rebound per game. HBU’s opponents have shot well so far, shooting .445 from the field so far, and hitting 61-of-176 threes, a .352 mark.
All-Time Series Notes Against Houston Baptist...
The All-Time Series: The series against Houston Baptist may not be long lived, but the Broncos would like to keep their winning streak alive against the Huskies as they lead the series 1-0 ... The first meeting between the two schools came last season when Boise State beat out HBU 85-64.
Coach Graham vs. Houston Baptist: With last year being the first meeting between the two schools, Boise State’s Greg Graham owns an all-time record against Houston Baptist of 1-0 ... In fact, Graham is also 1-0 all-time against HBU head coach Ron Cottrell as their first and only meeting came last season.
Boise State vs. Great West: The Broncos are 7-3 all-time against schools from the Great West Conference, while Greg Graham is 6-1 vs. the Great West ... This season Boise State went 1-0 against the league with a 75-60 win over North Dakota at the Karl Tyler Classic.
Last Time vs. Houston Baptist: Mark Sanchez recorded his sixth career double-double as Boise State defeated the Houston Baptist Huskies, 85-64 ... HBU’s Gordon Watt led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Emanuel Willis recorded a game-high 13 rebounds. As a team, the Huskies shot 45.6 percent from the floor ... Leading the way for the Broncos (15-6, 5-3 Western Athletic Conference) was junior Kurt Cunningham as he scored 16 points for the Broncos. Cunningham, who struggled to find the basket against Idaho, showed why it is he has led the WAC most of the year in shooting percentage as he went 7-of-8 from the field ... Since returning to Boise State’s starting lineup this week, Sanchez has recorded a double-double in each of the two games he has started. The senior was the leading rebounder for the Broncos with 11, while adding 11 points. Overall, the Broncos had six individuals score in double figures ... As a team, Boise State shot an impressive 55.4 percent from the field and outrebounded the Huskies, 35-29.
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RADIO: KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basektball great, Abe Jackson, provides commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game. In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.
TELEVISION: The Broncos game on Saturday against the Huskies will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler.
BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET: Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.