Rice, Broncos ready for step up in challenge; BSU still getting votes

After putting up 226 points on UT Arlington and Simpson in the first two games of the season, the Boise State Broncos are expecting a good challenge Tuesday from Seattle.

The Redhawks, an “athletic” squad, according to senior guard Jeff Elorriaga, are 2-1 and coming off a 100-58 win over Evergreen State. Their only loss was to Washington (88-78) in their season opener.

Boise State coach Leon Rice noted the Redhawks closed out Cal State Fullerton on a 24-6 run in a 75-71 win Nov. 13. Guard Isiah Umipig is averaging 21.7 points per game for Seattle.

“He’s a player that can go out and get 30 or 40 in a night,” Rice said.

Going into Monday night’s games, the Broncos are No. 1 in the nation in scoring at 113 points per game. They also are No. 1 in 3-point percentage (54.9 percent) and sixth in overall field goal percentage (57 percent).

“We can be having a bad practice, and I’ll go to our offensive stuff and I’ll go ‘OK, I feel a little better,’” Rice said. “It’s what they do, what they do pretty naturally.”

If the Broncos struggled at anything in Friday’s 110-53 win over Simpson, it was free-throw shooting — the Broncos made 23-of-36. Rice said the team has worked on trying to add pressure to the shots, even in blowouts. For example, redshirt freshman Joey Nebeker was at the line and his teammates on the bench tried to distract him. Rice said at the half, he half-jokingly said “if you miss, you’re coming out.” Nebeker made 4-of-6.

“That one kind of backfired on me,” Rice said.

Rice cautioned not to make a mountain out of a molehill, considering the Broncos were tied for 25th in the nation, making 75 percent of their free throws last regular season.

“If I was betting man, they’ll come and make all of them the next game,” Rice said.

Boise State is again slowly climbing up the polls.

The Broncos received 28 points in the latest Associated Press top 25, fifth among teams in the “also receiving votes” category. They had 24 points in the previous poll, and 21 in the prior one.
Here is the current rankings, followed by my ballot.

AP top 25
1. Michigan State (51) 1,608
2. Kansas (7) 1,523
3. Louisville (7) 1,511
4. Kentucky 1,410
5. Arizona 1,339
6. Duke 1,320
7. Oklahoma State 1,198
8. Ohio State 1,172
9. Syracuse 1,135
10. Virginia Commonwealth 928
11. Memphis 871
12. Wisconsin 763
13. Gonzaga 710
14. Michigan 705
14. Wichita State 705
16. Florida 619
17. Oregon 613
18. UConn 600
19. New Mexico 353
20. Baylor 342
21. Iowa State 296
22. UCLA 291
23. Creighton 246
24. North Carolina 213
25. Marquette 144
Others receiving votes: Iowa 122, Indiana 109, Virginia 77, Harvard 72, Boise State 28, Belmont 18, Arizona St. 13, Villanova 11, Xavier 10, Tennessee 9, Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 6, Missouri 5, Florida St. 4, Minnesota 4, Saint Louis 4, Cincinnati 3, BYU 2, Indiana St. 2, UMass 2, George Washington 1, Notre Dame 1.

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

The Broncos also got 21 points in the USA Today coaches’ poll, fourth among teams also receiving votes. They had 14 last week and 11 the week before. Click here for the polls.

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