Monday, December 30, 2013

Boise State #21 in CBS RPI Basketball Rankings

Monday, December 23, 2013

Broncos Roll to 80-54 Win Over South Carolina

Anthony Drmic scored from nearly every place on the court, as the junior guard poured in 30 points and had six rebounds to lead Boise State to a lopsided 80-54 win over South Carolina tonight in Honolulu. The Broncos will meet #14 Iowa State in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic on Christmas night.

The Broncos looked smooth and confident from the get-go, exploding to a 13-4 lead six minutes into the contest against the Gamecocks. Drmic scored nine of his team's 13 to set the tone early. Boise State undoubtedly played one of their best games of the season, throwing a stifling defense on inexperienced South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Coach Leon Rice's team utilized unselfish play and crisp passing, often finding open Broncos for easy buckets underneath. Boise State led at the break, 43-28, with Drmic piling up 20 points.

Boise State continued to build their lead in the second half, opening up a thirty-point lead with 8:53 remaining on a three-ball from Jeff Elorriaga. Coach Rice emptied his bench in the final minutes.

Drmic hit 10-of-17 shots from the field; his repertoire featured three-pointers, pull-up jumpers, floaters in the lane, and difficult driving layups that often resulted in fouls. Drmic connected on 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Elorriage's three treys resulted in nine points, while big man Ryan Watkins contributed eight points, three rebounds and three assists.  Igor Hadziomerovic had four assists for Boise State.

Brenton Williams came off the bench to hit 14 points for South Carolina, while Duane Notice added 13.

Boise State forced 18 Gamecock turnovers while committing just nine themselves. Boise State advanced to 10-2 with the win, while South Carolina dropped to 3-5.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Boise State Selected as Favorite in Initial Mountain Rim Conference Season

The Boise State gymnastics team is moving on from its days in the Western Athletic Conference, but some things remain the same--the Broncos are the preseason favorite in the new Mountain Rim Gymnasts Conference.

Boise State received three first-place votes and 15 points to top the poll of the five league coaches, while the University of Denver finished second with the remaining two first-place votes.  Southern Utah was third, followed by Brigham Young and Utah State.

Boise State returns 2013 WAC Freshman of the Year Maddie Krentz, as well as All-WAC performer Kelsey Black, from its WAC Championship squad of last season.

The 2014 Mountain Rim conference season will begin January 11, with the championship scheduled for March 22 in Provo, Utah.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Top 100 Female Artists of the Rock Era:

In case you haven't checked it out, or have fallen behind with the Christmas rush, here is a link to Inside The Rock Era's first 25 artists:

The Top 150 Christmas Songs of All-Time:

Here is a guide to all the Christmas songs that our sister blog, Inside The Rock Era, has featured since December 1 in our annual Christmas special:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bronco Hoops Ready to Go in Lexington

It took much longer than expected, but Boise State got to Lexington late last night, and did a shootaround this morning in Rupp Arena.  Someone asked me what percentage Boise State had of winning tonight?  I said about the same percentage as Boise State's field goal percentage tonight.

Boise State #29 in AP Basketball Poll

Friday, December 6, 2013

Statement from Boise State

Coach Chris Petersen Leaving for Washington

Coach Chris Petersen is leaving Boise State after leading the Broncos to their worst season since at least 2001.  His last few years weren't happy ones--the NCAA violations, the suspensions, kicking players off the team.  Pete was 92-12 since taking over in 2006, with a quarter of those losses happening this year.

Boise State has already received dozens of applications for the vacant head coaching job.  I expect an announcement fairly soon.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Broncos Pull Out 69-67 Win Over Utah

In the game of basketball, sometimes you need some intangibles to win.

Tonight, Boise State got those, in the form of a noisy crowd down the stretch, stepped-up defense, and playing though a 10-minute stretch in which their leading scorer was on the bench with foul trouble, to stop Utah 69-67 in Taco Bell Arena.

That the Broncos won with an uncharacteristic frigid night from behind the free-point line (4-14) is to their credit.  It certainly wasn't pretty, but Coach Leon Rice's team advances to 7-0 with the win over the previously unbeaten Utes.  That's the best start in school history.  Getting it this early is one thing; keeping it is quite another.  

This year's Broncos will have to go 9-1 over the next 10 games to match the 16-1 start by the 1987-1988 team.

The game was back and forth the entire way, with 14 lead changes.  Utah grabbed their biggest lead of the night, 46-42 on a Kenneth Ogbe three-pointer with 12:16 remaining.  They continued to hold that lead at 50-46 until an Anthony Drmic three-ball two minutes later.  

Boise State regained the lead at the 7:52 mark when a jumper by Drmic found nothing but net to put the Broncos up 56-55.  It was a lead that the Broncos wouldn't relinquish until Jordan Loveridge's three-pointer with just 1:52 left to put the Utes ahead 66-65.

Derrick Marks hit a clutch jumper in the key with 52 ticks remaining to give Boise State a 67-66 lead.  A defensive stop put Marks on the line.  He missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Jeff Elorriaga made the defensive play of the game with a steal with 18 seconds remaining.

Marks was back at the free-throw line, and this time, he hit both shots to extend the lead to 69-66.  Utah's Delon Wright made one of two free throws for the final points for either team.

Marks led the way with 17 points, while Drmic scored 14 hard-earned points and Mikey Thompson came off the bench for 13.  Ryan Watkins stepped up his game in the second half to finish with eight points and 10 rebounds, including several key offensive boards.  

Loveridge led Utah with 19 points while Wright had 15.  Utah falls to 6-1 with the loss.

Boise State entertains Carroll College Thursday night in Taco Bell Arena.