Broncos get more points in AP poll, still outside top 25; Iggy shines again (w/video)

The Boise State men’s basketball team is slowly but surely picking up points in the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll, but still sits a few spots outside of being ranked for the first time. In the USA Today coaches’ poll, the Broncos received 19 points, two fewer than last week, and are sixth among teams also receiving votes.

The Broncos (4-0) have 35 points in the latest poll, up from 28 the prior week. They are tied for sixth among teams outside the top 25 in the “also receiving votes” category. Boise State will play Idaho at Boise’s CenturyLink Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ROOT.

This week’s AP poll
1. Michigan St. (56) 1,616
2. Kansas (8) 1,559
3. Kentucky 1,445
4. Arizona 1,425
5. Oklahoma St. (1) 1,347
6. Duke 1,285
7. Ohio State 1,206
8. Syracuse 1,161
9. Louisville 1,103
10. Wisconsin 960
11. Gonzaga 830
12. Wichita State 809
13. UConn 798
14. Oregon 731
15. Florida 729
16. North Carolina 712
17. Iowa State 521
18. Baylor 437
19. UCLA 416
20. Creighton 373
21. Memphis 354
22. Michigan 238
23. Iowa 197
24. UMass 188
25. Marquette 126
Others receiving votes: New Mexico 82, VCU 71, Florida St. 63, Virginia 61, Indiana 47, Boise State 35, Charlotte 35, Belmont 31, Arizona St. 23, Harvard 22, Colorado 19, Villanova 16, Xavier 11, Pittsburgh 10, Missouri 8, Cincinnati 7, Tennessee 7, Minnesota 6, Illinois 2, George Washington 1, Georgetown 1, Texas A&M 1.

My vote:
1. Michigan State
2. Kansas
3. Kentucky
4. Arizona
5. Oklahoma State
6. Ohio State
7. Duke
8. Louisville
9. Syracuse
10. Wisconsin
11. Gonzaga
12. Oregon
13. Iowa State
14. Connecticut
15. Wichita State
16. Florida
17. Baylor
18. Massachusetts
19. North Carolina
20. Marquette
21. UCLA
22. Boise State
23. Creighton
24. Memphis
25. New Mexico

Boise State’s staff and players have said for some time now that fans have not seen just what junior guard Igor Hadziomerovic can do. I wrote about him last month here. Thus far, he is showing plenty of that potential with 8.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and a team-high 18 assists (to six turnovers).

In Saturday’s 100-80 win over New Orleans, Hadziomerovic had 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.

“He was a really good floor leader, (New Orleans) has some quick guards and they can jump a bit,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “He never let us get close to rattled. I thought it was one of his better games.”

In the video above, Rice talks at length about senior guard Jeff Elorriaga, who is 18-of-27 on 3-pointers this season. His 66.7 percentage from long distance is tied for No. 2 in the nation. The Broncos’ 103.0 points per game is No. 1, their 11.8 3-pointers per game is No. 3, and their 31.0 point per game scoring margin is No. 4.

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