Men's Basketball

MW/MVC Challenge Awaits in Evansville

Dec. 2, 2016

Boise State at Evansville
Saturday, Dec. 3 | 1 p.m. CT | Evansville, Ind. (Ford Center)
Radio: Bronco Radio Network
Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Boise State Game Notes

THE GAME: Boise State (4-3) heads back on the road to face Evansville (4-2) Saturday, at 1 p.m. CT, as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. The game will be carred on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

WATCH: Boise State and Evansville will be featured on ESPN3. The game will be live streamed via or the WatchESPN app with participating television or internet providers.

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties. The pregame show will begin at 6:30 pm MT. The broadcast can also be heard live online at

ABOUT EVANSVILLE: The Purple Aces are 3-4 on the year, but 3-0 at home so far. Senior guard Jaylon Brown leads the team at 18.6 points per game. Evansville is shooting 45.6 percent from the floor.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 1-0. The Broncos defeated Evansville in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational, going on to reach the semifinals of the tournament in Leon Rice's first season.

MW/MVC CHALLENGE: Nine of the 10 games in this year's MW/MVC Challenge take place Saturday. The MW has an all-time series edge of 3-1-1 in five previous Challenge seasons, including a 6-4 edge last season. This is season two of four in the reincarnation of the series which ran from 2009 to 2012.

BOISE STATE IN THE CHALLENGE: Boise State is 3-0 all-time in MW/MVC Challenge games. Prior to this year's win against Bradley, the Broncos defeated Indiana State 74-65, Dec. 3, 2011, at Taco Bell Arena in their first year as a member of the Mountain West. Boise State won 83-70 at then-No. 11 Creighton Nov. 28, 2012, the highest-ranked opponent the Broncos have defeated in program history.

BUSY WEEK: Boise State is playing its third game in six days, Saturday, all in different time zones. The Broncos traveled to No. 23 Oregon Monday, before hosting SMU Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game.

FAST OUT OF THE GATE: Boise State is averaging 39.8 points in the first half of the last four games. The last three outings have seen Boise State get off to big leads. The Broncos led by 22 at halftime against Presbyterian, held a 14-point advantage in the first half against Oregon and were up 21 in the opening period against SMU.

ROAD LESS TRAVELED: Beginning with its trip to the Charleston Classic, Boise State will log 9,138 miles over three weeks. The stretch includes eight games in all four time zones in the continental United States.

TIME TRAVEL: Boise State will play seven games from Nov. 20 to Dec. 10, without playing consecutive games in the same time zone.

RICE COACHING TREE: Leon Rice's Boise State program focuses on development- players and staff alike. In his first six seasons, Rice had just five assistants and three went on to become head coaches: Dave Wojcik (San Jose State), Jeff Linder (Northern Colorado) and Shaun Vandiver (Emporia State).

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