Boise State at Utah State Preview

Winners of seven straight, the Boise State Broncos (10-4, 1-0) men’s basketball team hits the road for its second conference game, taking on the Utah State Aggies (9-4, 1-1) Tuesday night in Logan.

This year’s Broncos have continued the tradition of displaying a flair for the dramatic, holding on for close victories against¬† the Colorado State Rams and Oregon Ducks after having double-digit leads in both of those games.

Those games, coupled with a come-from-behind win against UC Davis and tough opening season loss at Montana, have shown that this year’s edition of the Boise State basketball team are doing what their predecessors in previous years have done: give fans their money’s worth.

Boise State is averaging 79 points per game while holding opponents to 68.3. The Broncos are a perfect 6-0 this season when they score 80 points or more.

James Webb III is pacing Boise State on both ends of the floor. His 16.3 ppg are tops on the team. Webb III has been even more impressive over the last three games, averaging 27.3 points per contest in that span.

His 8.6 rebounds per game also leads the Broncos and he came up just short of another double-double in last Saturday’s victory over the Rams.

Senior Anthony Drmic is averaging 14.9 ppg and is shooting 39.8% from beyond the arc while Mikey Thompson is continuing his solid senior season with 10.5 ppg. He is coming off a nine-assist game against the Rams and is averaging 4.6 assists on the season.

Utah State, meanwhile, is coming off a close 70-67 home loss to San Diego State last Saturday. This is after they opened Mountain West play with a 80-71 victory at San Jose State.

The Aggies average 72.9 points per game while giving up 67.5.

The two teams split their series last season, with each team winning on the road. Boise State defeated Utah State 68-63, avenging an early January 62-61 loss on a last second shot by the Aggies.

That shot was made by redshirt freshman David Collette, who would go on to be the second leading scorer for the Aggies last season and was expected to be a major contributor on this year’s team.

Except he left the team two days before the season was set to open, causing an wanted distraction for the Aggies. Collette was initially not released from his scholarship and is now currently enrolled at the University of Utah, paying his own way.

Forward Jalen Moore has taken up the scoring mantle in Collette’s place. The junior is leading the team in scoring, averaging 14.6 ppg.

Close behind him is senior guard Chris Smith. Smith averages 13.3 ppg and is also second on the team in rebounding with 6.1 rpg.

Lew Evans, a 6’8 junior, is the leading rebounder for the Aggies, pulling down 6.5 boards per contest.

Boise State holds the advantage in most statistical categories. Utah State shoots 44.7% from the field while Boise State is shooting 46.3%. The Broncos also shoot an average of 26 threes per game, making nine.

The Aggies make 70.4% on their free throw attempts. Despite their woes as of late, the Broncos are shooting 72% on the season from the line.

The one area in which Utah State has the slight edge is in rebounding. The Aggies pull down 37 rebounds a game versus 34.6 by the Broncos.

If Boise State plays their game for entire 40 minutes and gets above average rebounding from their guards, the Broncos should be able to pick up this key conference victory on the road.

Tip off is set for 8 pm on Tuesday and can be seen on the CBS Sports Network or heard on KBOI 670 AM.


About Jason Haskins

Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more:

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