With the holidays closing in, the Broncos will take on their final Big Sky opponent before taking a brief holiday break as they host Montana State, Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7:05 p.m. This marks the fifth time this season Boise State has faced an opponent from its former conference, owning a record of 3-1 this season against the league.
Fans attending Wednesday night’s basketball game will also get the experience to meet and mingle with the 2009 Football WAC Champions before the Broncos head down to Glendale to take on TCU at the 2010 Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl. Prior to tip-off, members of the championship team will be greeting and mingling with fans at Taco Bell Arena.
Fans are encouraged to bring their cameras to meet and get pictures with their favorite Bronco football players, along with both the 2009 WAC Championship and 2007 Fiesta Bowl trophies. The Lobby 3 doors will open around 5:30 p.m. , with festivities scheduled from 5:50-6:50 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym located in Taco Bell Arena. Fans must have purchased a ticket to the basketball game in order to attend the pre-game event. Head football coach Chris Petersen and team captains Kyle Wilson and Richie Brockel will talk to the crowd at halftime, with the rest of the team being introduced on the floor at halftime.
ABOUT MONTANA STATE...
- Leading the way for the Bobcats offensively is Bobby Howard, who not only leads the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game, but is making a little over 59 percent of his shots from the floor ... Also be on the watch for Erik Rush as he makes 75 percent from the line and leads MSU in assists (3.2 apg) after dishing out a career-high seven vs. UCSB.
- Montana State remains second in the Big Sky in blocks, with Austin Brown (third) and and Branden Johnson (T8th) among the league leaders.
- UCSB became the first Bobcat opponent in the last six games to top 30% three-point shooting, but MSU now leads the league in three-point defense.
ALL-TIME SERIES NOTES AGAINST MONTANA STATE...
The All-Time Series: The series record between the two schools is rather close, but the Broncos lead the all-time series 31-28 ... Boise State is currently on a one game winning streak against the Bobcats, with the Broncos’ last loss coming during the 2007-08 season, when they fell 84-86 ... However, Boise State has won the last three meetings played at Taco Bell Arena as they have not lost to Montana State at home since the 1994-95 season (57-68).
Coach Graham vs. Montana State: Since taking over the helm of the program, Coach Graham owns an all-time record of 2-1 against the Bobcats ... Graham’s only loss to Montana State came during the 2007-08 season when Boise State fell 84-86 in Bozeman ... Graham has never lost fallen to Montana State when playing at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State vs. The Big Sky: This season, the Broncos have faced off against four other Big Sky opponents, owning a record of 3-1 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 401 times and own an all-time record of 219-182 vs. the conference ... Head Coach Greg Graham is 21-9 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. Montana State: Paul Noonan scored 25 points and added four assists to lead Boise State to a 74-61 victory over Montana State ... Mark Sanchez had 14 points and Kurt Cunningham added 10 for the Broncos (3-1). The Bobcats (1-2) were led by Marquis Navarre with 14 points, Branden Johnson with 13 and Bobby Howard with 10 ... Montana State went on a 9-0 run midway through the first half to take a 21-16 lead, but Boise State, behind Noonan's 3-point shooting, went ahead 30-26 with 3:45 left in the first half. The teams were tied at 32 at halftime ... The Bobcats opened the second half with a 3-point field goal by Navarre, but the Broncos then outscored the Bobcats 16-2 during the next four minutes to pull ahead 48-37.
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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 Wednesday against the Bobcats 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.