The Boise State men’s basketball team will do something that has seldom been done this season as the Broncos host their third consecutive game at Taco Bell Arena, Monday, Dec. 21, with yet another doubleheader with the women’s team. The women will start things off against Seattle University at 6:05 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena. Following the conclusion of the women’s game, the men will take the court to take on Portland State at approximately 8:15 p.m.
Fans planning to attend Monday’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.
The Broncos are no stranger to the Big Sky as this marks their fourth opponent from the conference this season and still have one to go when they take on Montana State, Wed., Dec. 23. In addition, the Big Sky is conference in which the Broncos got their start as they spent 26 seasons with the league before joinging the Big West during the 1996-97 season. This year, Boise State owns a record of 2-1 vs. Big Sky opponents and own an all-time record of 218-182 vs. the league.
About Portland State
- Portland State is 27-38 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State is the only WAC opponent for PSU this season and was the only WAC opponent last season.
- The Vikings and the Broncos have one common opponent: Eastern Washington. BSU beat the Eagles, 82-69, on Nov. 24. The Vikings beat the Eagles, 98-75, on Dec. 5.
- The last time Portland State played a basketball game at Taco Bell Arena was on Mar. 20 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Xavier. It didn’t turn out well as the Vikings lost to the Musketeers, 77-59.
- Portland State has averaged 91.0 points in its five wins this season, scogin at least 85 in each game. The Vikings are shooting .575 from the field, .491 from three-point range and .787 at the line in those games. SR G Dominic Waters (21.2 ppg, 6.2 apg) and JR G Melvin Jones (16.0 ppg, 20-35 3-pt FG) have been the top scorers in those games... PSU lost for the first time when scoring 80 points this season in the 101-80 loss to Saint Mary’s. The Vikings had won the previous five when scoring over 80 points... in contrast, PSU has averaged 67.2 points in its five losses, shooting .448 from the field, .363 from three-point range and .695 at the line. Waters is the leading scorer in those games at 14.6 ppg.
All-Time Series Notes Against Portland State...
The All-Time Series: Boise State leads the all-time series 12-10, but the Vikings won the most recent meeting, 93-81, at the Stott Center, last Feb. 21... PSU is 2-10 all-time at Boise State, having lost in their last three appearances in Boise. The Vikings’ last win in Boise was the 2001-02 seasonopener, a 60-53 decision led by former Head Coach Joel Sobotka.
Coach Graham vs. Portland State: Since taking over the helm of the program, Coach Graham owns an all-time record of 3-1 against the Vikings ... Graham’s only loss to Portland State came last season in the Broncos ESPN BracketBuster game as they fell to the Vikings 93-81on PSU’s home court ... However, Graham is 3-0 all-time when facing Portland State at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State vs. The Big Sky: This season, the Broncos have faced off against three other Big Sky opponents, owning a record of 2-1 on the year ... Boise State’s only loss to a Big Sky opponent this season came at Montana, 82-95 ... The Broncos have faced a Big Sky opponent 400 times and own an all-time record of 218-182 vs. the conference ... Head Coach Greg Graham is 20-9 all-time vs. the league ... Boise State was a member of the Big Sky for 26 seasons until joinging the Big West during the 1996-97 season.
Last Time vs. Portland State: Jeremiah Dominguez scored 22 points and had eight assists to lead Portland State to a 93-81 victory over Boise State ... Phil Nelson had 21 points for the Vikings, who won their sixth straight home game, and Jamie Jones added 12 points and six rebounds ... Mark Sanchez led Boise State with 16 points while Jamar Greene and Ike Okoye each added 14 ... Portland State connected on 12 of its first 17 3-point attempts and opened a 42-25 lead with 6:18 left in the first half. The Vikings led by as many as 25 in the second half and withstood a late Bronco rally ... The Vikings shot 64 percent from the floor in the first half and 58 percent for the game ... BSU shot 54 percent for the game but was only 6-19 from 3-point range against 14-30 for Portland State ... Each team had 19 turnovers.
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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 Monday against the Vikings will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler and Abe Jackson.
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.