FULLERTON, California: The Boise State basketball team takes on UC Irvine this afternoon in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament.
The Anteaters have reeled off four straight wins to begin the 2015-16 campaign and were the preseason pick to win the Big West Conference after playing in the NCAA Tournament last year. UC-Irvine, which defeated Santa Clara 79-61 Monday night, is off to their best start in 33 years.
Junior guard Luke Nelson scored 20 points in the win over Santa Clara, his second consecutive 20-point game. Nelson connected on 4-5 three-pointers and added a game-high six assists in the win.
Irvine features 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye, who scored 15 points and added seven rebounds and three blocked shots Monday night. Ndiaye has 144 blocked shots and is shooting 67 percent from the field in his career.
Freshman forward Brandon Smith posted career highs of 13 points and seven boards, while senior guard Alex Young pulled down a career-high nine rebounds and added eight points and five assists.
Young needs 33 points to become the 25th player in Anteater history to score 1,000 career points. Young (with 433 career assists) is 42 assists away from the school record.
In their four victories, the Anteaters are limiting opponents to 31 percent shooting. UCI has won 50 of its past 52 games when holding the opposition to 60 points or less, including 2-0 this season.
Tipoff this afternoon is 2 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on ESPNU.