‘Pick your poison’ with Boise State; Broncos inch up top 25 poll (w/video)

Boise State had lost six straight games when Jeff Elorriaga didn’t play before beating UT Arlington 116-87 sans the senior Nov. 8.

When Anthony Drmic scored in single digits, Boise State had been 2-14 before beating Portland State 76-60 on Friday when the junior had nine points for coach Leon Rice’s Broncos.

The veteran Broncos have learned to adjust, and they have shown a deft ability to feed the hot hand — see Drmic’s eight straight points, followed by Derrick Marks’ 15 straight last Wednesday against Idaho, or Ryan Watkins’ 27 first-half points the last two games with teams trying to take away 3-point shots.

“We had to pick our poison … that’s the beauty of Leon’s team — they can really shoot it,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said.

With more than 92 percent of last season’s scoring back this season, the Broncos needed little time to adjust to one another and get comfortable, as they lead the nation in scoring (97.7 points per game).

“Most of the time, there’s no need to take timeouts and try and get them on the right page, they normally just know,” Rice said.

The Broncos host Utah on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The Utes’ 90.7 points per game are seventh in the nation.

After Friday’s win over the Vikings, Drmic has 1,042 career points, good for 18th all-time at Boise State. He is well within range to get into the top 10 this season and has a good shot at breaking the scoring mark next season.

Eric Lane (1,074) is next ahead of Drmic, while Pat Hoke (1,165) is 10th. Tanoka Beard’s 1,944 points in school history are No. 1.

Boise State received 36 points in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll, up one point from last week. The Broncos are tied for sixth among teams receiving votes outside the top 25.

1. Michigan State (63) 1,623
2. Arizona (2) 1,547
3. Kentucky 1,473
4. Syracuse 1,375
5. Ohio State 1,340
6. Kansas 1,240
7. Louisville 1,139
8. Wisconsin 1,094
9. Oklahoma State 1,070
10. Duke 1,021
11. Wichita State 911
12. Connecticut 836
13. Oregon 801
14. Villanova 785
15. Florida 758
16. Memphis 748
17. Iowa State 623
18. UCLA 548
19. Gonzaga 380
20. Baylor 377
21. Massachusetts 274
22. Michigan 223
23. Iowa 171
24. San Diego State 150
25. Dayton 90
22. Michigan 223
Others receiving votes: Indiana 74, Virginia 73, New Mexico 71, North Carolina 62, Florida St. 40, Boise State 36, Pittsburgh 36, VCU 30, Charlotte 20, Colorado 17, Creighton 17, Missouri 16, Harvard 10, Illinois 10, Cincinnati 8, Mississippi 3, George Washington 2, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 2, Xavier 1.

Here is my ballot:
1. Michigan State
2. Arizona
3. Kentucky
4. Ohio State
5. Syracuse
6. Louisville
7. Oklahoma State
8. Kansas
9. Wisconsin
10. Oregon
11. Duke
12. Wichita State
13. Connecticut
14. Iowa State
15. Memphis
16. Villanova
17. Florida
18. Gonzaga
19. Massachusetts
20. UCLA
21. Boise State
22. San Diego State
23. New Mexico
24. Baylor
25. Dayton

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