The Boise State men's basketball team returns to Taco Bell Arena after three-straight road games, squaring off against Texas-Pan American, Sunday. The Broncos (6-4) and Broncs (3-9) are slated to tip-off at 7:05 p.m.
Boise State will then travel to Portland to face the Pilots Dec. 22, the team's final game before starting conference play.
FOUR-STRAIGHT CLOSE CALLS
The Broncos have lost each of their last four games by a combined 11 points. After three-straight three-point losses to Long Beach State, No. 19/20 UNLV and Drake, Boise State dropped its contest at Utah by just two points. The Broncos had five losses of three-or-fewer points in all of 2009-10.
A GOOD START
Though the Broncos have lost each of their last four games, each by three-or-fewer points, the team won each of its first six contests, matching the best start in school history. Boise State was one of the nation's final 20 undefeated teams.
The only other time a Bronco team began the 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.
This is the first meeting between Boise State and Texas-Pan American.
RECORD AGAINST CONFERENCE
The Broncos boast a 9-3 record against teams from the Great West Conference.
DEBUT FOR RICE
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 his first two games to begin his career.
Rice joins 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.