First Road Test on Saturday – Boise State University Athletics

Boise State (1-0.0)-0 MW) at UC Irvine (0-1, 0-0 Big West)
Saturday, November 13 | 6 p.m. PT
Irvine, Calif. | Bren Event Center
Live video | Live sound | Live stats

Boise State Game Notes

The Boise State men’s basketball hit the road for the first time this season to meet UC Irvine Saturday, at the Bren Events Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6pm PT / 7pm MT.

WATCH LIVE: Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

LISTEN LIVE: The game’s radio will be broadcast on Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the main station and streaming through the Varsity Network. Coverage begins at 6:30pm MT time.
Plays one by one: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson

ABOUT UC IRVINE: The Anteaters return 12 players from last year’s team that went through 18-9, the show’s ninth consecutive winning season and fourth consecutive trip to the Big West Tournament championship game. UC Irvine opened the season on Tuesday, with a top lane loss to New Mexico State. Redshirt senior forward Collin Welp, first-team All-Big West selection return, leads the team with 13 points and five rebounds

HISTORY SERIES: Saturday marks the 14th all-time encounter between Boise State and UC Irvine on hardwood, with the Anteaters leading the series 7-6. UC Irvine won the final game, knocking out the Broncos in Boise, November 15, 2019. Saturday will be Boise State’s first trip to Irvine since 2001, when the two schools were Big West rivals. Conference. The Broncos won all of their 1-5 road games against UC Irvine, claiming their only win in 2000. By then, sophomore Abe Jackson had scored a team-high 17 points to lead a team. The angry comeback won.

PLEASE BUILD ON: Bang Boise leads 1-0 for the ninth time after Rice Leon12 seasons at the helm. The Broncos made it 2-0 six times under Rice. The last time they started 2-0 was in 2017-18. Last year, Boise State beat Houston before ending a record 13 consecutive wins.

BENCH BONUS: The Broncos have taken a big step forward from Pavle Kuzmanovic and Naje Smith came off the bench in the season’s opening win over Utah Valley. Kuzmanovic and Smith scored 12-0 in the first half to give the Broncos the lead. Smith, who finished with a career-high 15 points, scored eight points in a 9-0 win in the 3:02 final to keep the Broncos in the lead. Kuzmanovic contributed 9 points and 2 assists. The duo scored 24 points on Tuesday, after combining for 27 points for the entire 2020-21 season. First Road Test on Saturday – Boise State University Athletics

Curtis Crabtree

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