Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Murray Satterfield Has Passed Away

Murray Satterfield, who was Boise State's head coaches for some outstanding junior college teams, and foresaw the transition as a four-year basketball school, has passed away.  

Satterfield took over as the head man in 1965-66, when the Junior College Broncos were 14-11.  The following year, Boise State improved to 26-9 with a championship in the Intermountain Conference.  The Broncos defeated College of Eastern Utah in the sub-regionals, then beat Nate Archibald and Western Arizona 89-86 and TVCC 83-61 to qualify for the NJCAA national tournament.  The Broncos beat Dodge City, Kansas 91-77 before losing to Moberly, Missouri 70-50 and Powell, Wyoming 84-71.  

The following year, the Broncos they were 26-5 in 1967-68, their best year ever as a junior college.  Satterfield's team lost just three regular season games and repeated their ICAC conference title.  BJC won the Region I tournament and once again qualified for the NJCAA national tournament.  The Broncos lost to Miami Dade 62-55, beat St. Louis Baptist 66-64 in consolation, then lost 85-68 to Iowa Central.

Satterfield guided Boise State to a 19-8 mark in 1968-69, their first season as a major college basketball team.  The Broncos were 20-8 the following year including a 90-74 win over Gonzaga and two wins over Pacific.  The Broncos made the NCAA Division II Tournament, defeating Sacramento State 63-61 and losing to California, Riverside 83-71.  Satterfield coached two-and-a-half more seasons, compiling a total record of 74-59, including 17-26 in the Big Sky Conference. 

Satterfield's record of 74-59 is the third-best ever at Boise State.  His 1968-69 team still holds the school record for holding opponents to 38.8% shooting.  Among the players Satterfield coached were Ron Austin and Bill Otey, who helped Boise State make the transition to major college basketball.

Austin set a school record in 1970-71 that still stands, when he averaged 24.5 points per game.  Austin also holds the school marks for career scoring average (20.5), free throws in a season with 194 (1970-71) and free throws attempted (247, also in 1970-71).  Austin also holds the high-point game ever at Boise State with 42 against Montana in 1971, and he is #2 with 41 against Portland State and #5 with 39 vs. Montana, both of those also in 1971.

Otey's rebound averages of 17.3 in 1968-69 and 13.0 in 1969-70 are still 1-2 all-time.  Steve Wallace, whom Satterfield recruited, is #3 on that list with an 11.0 average in 1971-72, and he is fourth with a 9.8 average in 1970-71.  Otey holds the school record for career rebounding with a 15.1 average from 1968-1970.

Rest in peace, Coach Satterfield, and thank-you for all you did for the Broncos!

Boise State Basketball Comes In At #21 in Sports Illustrated Poll

Boise State #25 in CBS Basketball Preseason Poll

Boise State has been ranked #25 in the preseason basketball poll by CBS:

This, by the way, is the first time Boise State has ever been ranked in a preseason poll.  The Broncos only been ranked once during the regular season.  It came in the famous 1987-88 season.  There was only a Top 20 poll released at that time, and Boise State came in #23 briefly that season.

Boise State Adds Kentucky in Basketball

NCAA Tournament member Boise State will travel to non-NCAA participant Kentucky this December, the schools announced today.  The Broncos will meet the Wildcats December 10 in Lexington.

"We want to continue to build on what Coach Rice and his staff have accomplished in their time at Boise State," Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said. "Scheduling marquee games that will draw interest nationally is part of that process."

Boise State thumped LSU of the Southeastern Conference 89-70 last year at Taco Bell Arena.