Broncos Basketball: A Thanksgiving Day Affair

On Thursday, when many people are sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal or enjoying the age old tradition of NFL football, the Boise State Broncos (2-2) men’s basketball team will tipping off in the first of three games over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Broncos face off against the UC Irvine Anteaters (4-0) in the first round of the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Anaheim, California.

The eight-team tournament also features such heavyweights as Michigan State and Arizona, along with high profile programs like Boston College and Providence. The three games the Broncos will play should provide a nice measuring stick and give valuable experience to this Boise State team. (Click here to see the full bracket)

The Broncos are scoring at a high rate this season, averaging 87.3 points per game. Unfortunately, their defense has been giving up an average of 74 points, a number that would be higher if not for a 100-53 victory over Concordia Monday night.

Senior Anthony Drmic sat out the game on Monday with a tender knee, but should be ready to go for the tournament. Drmic is averaging 18 points per game.

James Webb III is close behind, averaging 16 ppg. He is also grabbing 8.8 rebounds per contest.

Senior Mikey Thompson has stepped up his game this year, currently averaging 14.3 ppg, 5 assists per game, and is shooting 63.3% from the field.

For good measure, Nick Duncan is scoring 12 points a contest. Drmic and Duncan have combined to knock down 23 3-pointers this season as the Broncos are shooting 39% (42-109) from beyond the arc.

The Anteaters are coming off a 2014-15 season in which they won the Big West tournament and nearly knocked off Louisville in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament, losing 57-55.

They are led by guard Luke Nelson, who is averaging 16 ppg and 5 apg this season. He’s also knocked down ten 3-pointers.

UC Irvine also boasts 7’6 center Mamadou Ndiaye, who is averaging 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game.

Boise State will face either Boston College or Michigan State in Friday’s game. Both teams are undefeated this season. There is even a chance for Boise State to get a shot at redemption against Arizona, depending on how the games shake out.

The tournament takes a break on Saturday before finishing up on Sunday.

Thursday’s game starts at 2pm (MST) It can be seen on ESPNU or hear the call on KBOI 670.

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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: jason-haskins.com

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