Bronco basketball looking ahead

Bronco basketball looking ahead

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Photo Courtesy MCT Campus Wire Service

Following a historical upset over the then no. 11 ranked Jays of Creighton University and a dominating tune-up win against University of California at Santa Barbara, the Broncos were handed a humiliating 76-55 loss to PAC 12 foe, the University of Utah.

With the loss, the Broncos now drop to 6-2 on the year.  On a night where Utah honored the passing away of their former long-time coach, Rick Majerus, the Utes rode the energy of the crowd to a 21-point, wire-to-wire drubbing of the Broncos.

Shooting an unconscious 68 percent from the field, including 75 percent midway through the second half, the Utes forced the Broncos to play their game and exploited the Broncos’ defense.

Sophomore guard Derrick Marks, the hero for the Broncos at Creighton, led Boise State in scoring against Utah with 18 as only he and freshman guard Mikey Thompson scored in double figures on the night.

Shift Focus to next Friday, Dec. 14, when the Broncos will host SEC leaders, the LSU Tigers (5-0).

This is the second of a home-and-home contract with LSU as the Broncos lost in Baton Rouge last season, 64-45.

The Tigers are currently 5-0 and have one more tune up game on Tuesday vs. 2-5 Chattanooga before they enter Taco Bell Arena
Friday night.

The Broncos have struggled in the post this year so far, relying on the play of their guards to the
lead them.

This could play a big factor against LSU as the Tigers currently rank 10th in the country in rebounds per game with 43.8 RPG.  In contrast, the Broncos rank 300th in the nation with 31.4 rebounds per game.

The Broncos’ will be looking for a signature home win against the Tigers to try and keep themselves in the national spotlight as they near Mountain West
Conference play.

Following the upset over Creighton, the Broncos received 22 top 25 votes from the AP poll, and two votes from the USA Today Coaches Bowl.

The Broncos received recognition from media such as Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports college basketball reporter Seth Davis, who ranked the Broncos as high as 22nd in his poll following the Creighton win and calling the Broncos
“underrated”.

With the balcony already being open, Boise State has already sold over 7,000 tickets for the LSU game; Taco Bell Arena holds 12,644 at full capacity.

The Boise State Athletic Department has also reserved 2,000 seats for the student section at the game.  Tipoff is scheduled
for 7 p.m.