With less than two weeks left until tip off, Boise State basketball may have their best squad in school history. Boise State is projected to finish tied for second place in the Mountain West Conference with UNLV, and one place behind the New
“They don’t care,” Rice said. ‘They want to accomplish something. If the hype got to them I wouldn’t really like it at all.”
The Broncos are coming off a successful season from last year, sneaking into the NCAA Tournament before being knocked out in the first round by the LaSalle Explorers.
The team will look to do much of the same this season. One goal that will be on the list for the Broncos is winning an NCAA tournament game for the first time in school history.
Having a veteran team will help.
“Having a veteran team, we’ve been able to tighten down some things,” Rice said. “We’ve been able to keep practice pretty concise and pretty competitive.”
Rice has done a fantastic job of not letting the predictions get to the Bronco’s heads. The team has stayed focused and ready to prove themselves.
“These kids are pretty level-headed,” Rice said. “They’re ready to do more.”
Junior guard/forward Anthony Drmic and junior guard Derrick Marks are on the preseason All-Mountain West team. The two players leadership could play a key role in the Broncos success this season.
Not only will they have to deal with the grueling MWC schedule. They will have out of conference games against some tough opponents. St. Mary’s, Kentucky and Utah will add to the Broncos strength of schedule.
“I think we have a little more depth. That’s encouraging,” Rice said. “We know the top seven that played for us last year. We kind of have a good feel for them and what they’re capable of.”
The Broncos are the only team in the nation to make it to the NCAA tournament and return all of their starters. They will be the most experienced group in the conference.
A scrimmage with Lewis-Clark State will be the first contest of the new season against an opponent. It will take place on Nov. 1, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.
The scrimmage will help tighten things up for the Broncos and get them ready for their night game of the season against the Kentucky Wildcats on Dec. 10, 2013.