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Boise State vs. Washington: Previewing the First Round of the NIT

When the idea pops up about Boise State taking on the University of Washington, the immediate thought probably goes to Chris Petersen and the football team.

This time, however, the two schools will take to the hardwood showcasing the skill of two schools who lost winnable games in their conference tournament.

The Boise State Broncos (23-8) come off a quarterfinal loss to Utah State. The Washington Huskies (20-12) lost in overtime to Oregon State, a game which sent them out in the first round .

The last time these two met was back in late December of 1999. The Huskies won in Seattle 72-57, a game in which sophomore, at the time, Abe Jackson, lead the Broncos with 20 total points.

This time, in 2018, the game will be played at a different stadium, but in the same city.  The 4 seeded Broncos would have hosted the 5 seeded Huskies, but the NCAA tournament will be facilitating Taco Bell arena this weekend. Thus, the game will fall as an away game for the Broncos.

Here is a key to the game vs. Washington:

Generating Offense Against the Pac-12 D.P.O.Y.

For the Huskies, a name like Matisse Thybulle generates some hype for the defensive side of the ball. The junior guard is the first Washington player to ever to be named Defensive Player of the Year. He accumulated 92 steals and 44 blocks.

The Broncos, even before the season began, rely heavily on the three-ball. Altogether their total offensive efficiency, in terms of points scored, was about 26% of all made shots.  Still, they only made about 38% of their attempts.

No matter the statics, the Broncos will shoot the three-ball…a lot. Down the stretch, and only down 2 to Utah State with three and a half minutes left, sophomore Justinian Jessup pulled up from long range.

The Huskies’ defense had the second-best three-point defense in the Pac-12. Things could get interesting as both schools have their own focus outside the three-point line.

Game Facts and New Rules

The Game against Washington will be played in Seattle at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM MTN time and will air on ESPN 3.

New Rules:

  • Four 10-minuet quarters instead of 2 halves. Teams will shoot 2 free throws following the 5th foul.
  • The free-throw line will extend from 12 to 16 feet (NBA standards).
  • The three-point line will extend to 22 feet (FIBA standard).
  • The shot clock will reset to 20 after an offensive rebound (was 30).


About Darrek Harris

Darrek Harris
Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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