The Boise State men’s basketball was unable to get a program first Saturday, but it will have the chance to get another Wednesday.
The Broncos lost for the 18th time in 18 visits to Logan, Utah, in a 76-70 loss at Utah State on Saturday. They host New Mexico at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network) — and are 0-5 all-time against the Lobos.
New Mexico is always a tough matchup for the undersized Broncos with a 7-footer in Alex Kirk and a 6-foot-9 forward in Cameron Bairstow scoring 20.2 points per game. Add in last season’s Mountain West player of the year (Kendall Williams) and Aussie guard Hugh Greenwood, who has scored in double figures in four of those five games. In his other 82 games, he’s hit 10 or more points 14 times.
“They’ve got one of the best front lines in the country, player of the year in Kendall Williams, and Hughie always plays great against us,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said.
Boise State lost 84-75 on Jan. 21 in Albuquerque, their second-largest margin of defeat of the season. The last time the Broncos and Lobos played in Boise, on Jan. 16, 2013, New Mexico won 79-74 in overtime.
Just as Greenwood seems to bring a bit of extra effort against the Broncos, so does Boise State’s Aussies. The Broncos play three from Down Under — juniors Iggy Hadziomerovic and Anthony Drmic, along with freshman Nick Duncan. It will possibly be the last time so many of the Australians will face one another, as Bairstow is a senior.
“It does seem like that — those Aussies, they’re friends, and they want to play good against each other,” Rice said.
Wednesday’s game will be a blackout, as the Broncos will wear their all-black uniforms, and fans are encouraged to also wear black. Tickets are $14-$20, plus fees, available here.
Here is my AP ballot for this week. You can see the rankings here.
4. San Diego State
5. Wichita State
9. Iowa State
10. Michigan State
14. Saint Louis
20. Ohio State