New Mexico coach calls Bronco men’s hoops team ‘extremely dangerous’

Boise State coach Leon Rice and New Mexico coach Steve Alford spoke a bit about Saturday’s matchup in Albuquerque (ROOT, 7 p.m.) on Monday’s Mountain West teleconference.

Both recalled the last time the two teams played in Albuquerque, a 76-61 win for New Mexico. Boise State held a 54-52 lead with a little more than 6 minutes left to play before fading at thend.

“Boise had us dead in the water … probably played as us as well at home as well as anybody last year, other than San Diego State, who beat us here,” Alford said.

Rice said “We played a great 35 minutes, and then that thing caved in in a hurry.”

The Lobos are 89-11 at home under Alford, who took over in 2007.

Alford called Boise State “an extremely dangerous team” because of its multiple shooters and the fact the Broncos are at full strength, a rarity in Mountain West play so far. He also joked that “ol’ Leon’s got all week to get ready for us, so I’m not real excited about that.”

The No. 19 Lobos (20-4, 7-2) play at Fresno State on Wednesday, while the Broncos (16-7, 4-5) don’t play until Saturday’s game at The Pit.

Boise State is coming off a 68-61 win over Wyoming in which the Broncos led 37-19 at the half.

“I was really, really proud of the way our guys regrouped … we came out and maybe played one of our best halves in the Mountain West this year in the first half against Wyoming,” Rice said.

Here is a look at Boise State’s stat rankings in the Mountain West (and some national ranks) entering this week.

Scoring offense: 74.9 ppg (first); 36th nationally

Scoring defense: 65.6 ppg (seventh)

Scoring margin: plus-9.3 ppg (fourth)

Free-throw percentage: 74.8 (first); 24th nationally

Field-goal percentage: 46.5 (second); 40th nationally

Field-goal percentage defense: 43.9 (eighth)

3-point percentage: 40.0 (first); No. 11 nationally

3-point percentage defense: 33.2 (seventh)

Rebounds per game: 34.3 (sixth)

Rebounds allowed per game: 29.5 (second)

Rebounding margin per game: plus-4.8 (third)

Assists per game: 13.6 (fourth)

Turnover margin per game: plus-1.96 (fourth)

Individual ranks

Scoring: Derrick Marks, 16.6 ppg (fourth); Anthony Drmic, 16.1 ppg (seventh)

Rebounding: Ryan Watkins, 7.6 rpg (seventh); Kenny Buckner, 5.1 rpg (15th); Anthony Drmic, 4.7 rpg (18th)

Assists: Derrick Marks, 3.6 apg (fifth)

Field-goal percentage: Derrick Marks, 48.2 (third); Anthony Drmic, 44.6 (sixth)

Free-throw percentage: Derrick Marks, 86.0 (first); Anthony Drmic, 76.4 (sixth)

3-point percentage: Jeff Elorriaga, 46.1 (first); Anthony Drmic, 39.9 (second)

Steals per game: Derrick Marks, 2.0 (first); Jeff Elorriaga, 1.4 (eighth)

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