Broncos happy to stay home for post-season

The Boise State Broncos men's basketball team will host UNLV in a NIT, <i>(National Invitation Tournament)</i> first-round game on Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Pavilion. The Broncos (21-9), will face a Runnin' Rebels team that finished their season at 18-12, was 4th in the MWC regular season, and runner-up in the MWC Tournament. <br><br>While this is the 4th NIT for the Broncos, and the 3rd game that they've hosted.. it marks the first trip back to the Post-Season for the Broncos in a decade.

Wednesday's game will mark the first post-season appearance by the Broncos since the 1994 NCAA Tournament.  Boise State last appeared in the NIT in 1991.  The Broncos are 1-3 in NIT games with a 62-61 win over Utah in the Pavilion in 1987.  The Broncos lost in the second round that season against Washington in Seattle.  The Broncos also lost in the first round at Oklahoma State in 1989 and in the Pavilion against Southern Illinois in 1991.

Tickets for the game go on sale at 8am online at http://www.idahotickets.com, and at all select-a-seat outlets at 10am-8pm on Monday.  Season ticket holders have from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday only, to purchase their seats at the Boise State athletic ticket office located at the south end of Bronco Stadium or by calling the ticket office at 426-4737. Any season tickets not purchased or ordered by phone at 8 Monday night are put on sale Tuesday.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $5 for high school age and younger, and $5 for Boise State students with a valid Boise State I.D.  Boise State students can pick up their tickets at any campus outlet.

Looking ahead, if the Broncos are victorious, they could face WAC member Rice as the winner of the Bronco/UNLV game will face the winner of the Rice / Wisconsin-Milwaukee game. 

With thanks to BroncManB, here's the breakdown of the 2 teams...


Boise State
RPI rank (record vs. D1): 72 (19-9)
Non conference RPI rank (record): 82 (6-2)
Record in last 10: 8-2
Record in road/neutral games: 10-5
Record vs. top 50: 3-3
Record vs. 51-100: 2-2
Record vs. 101-200: 10-4
Record vs. 201+: 4-0
Record vs. non-D1: 2-0
Conference record: 13-7
Best Wins:
1. 01/03 vs. (46) UTEP 98-94
2. 01/17 vs. (29) Nevada 79-75
3. 02/07 vs. (63) Rice 80-69
4. 03/06 vs. (46) UTEP 59-45

Worst Losses:
1. 01/10 vs. (197) Tulsa 57-58
2. 12/28 vs. (193) Portland 72-77

Common Opponents: 1-2
12/02 L vs. Brigham Young 75-69 (Home)
01/17 W vs. Nevada 79-75 (Home)
02/12 L vs. Nevada 92-78 (Away)

Record against NCAA Tournament teams: 3-3

UNLV
RPI rank (record vs. D1): 80 (17-12)
Non conference RPI rank (record): 75 (8-4)
Record in last 10: 6-4
Record in road/neutral games: 6-8
Record vs. top 50: 0-7
Record vs. 51-100: 2-2
Record vs. 101-200: 12-2
Record vs. 201+: 3-1
Record vs. non-D1: 1-0
Conference record: 9-8
Best Wins:
1. 02/02 vs. (70) Air Force 63-50
2. 12/02 vs. (79) Auburn 82-69
3. 11/29 vs. (109) Cal 59-57
4. 12/03 vs. (112) USC 92-83 (OT)

Worst Losses:
1. 12/18 vs. (238) Northern Arizona 74-73
2. 01/26 vs. (132) Colorado State 89-83 (OT)

Common Opponents: 0-3
02/07 L vs. Brigham Young 64-61 (Away)
03/06 L vs. Brigham Young 89-88 (Home)
11/24 L vs. Nevada 74-62 (Home)

Record against NCAA Tournament teams: 1-9

 

UNLV is led by Junior Odartey Blankson, in nearly every category.  The 6'7 Marquette Transfer leads the Running Reb's in Minutes played (1034 total, over 34 per game), Rebounds per game (10.3), points per game (17.3), steals (37 total), Free throws attempted (172), and FT% (79%). The

UNLV has had an up and down season.  Heading into the season the Running Reb's were picked 2nd in the MWC.  Then, Head Coach Charlie Spoonhour resigned on February 16th, citing health reasons, and his son, Jay Spoonhour took over the reigns.  UNLV, despite the distractions, still finished the season 18-12, losing in the MWC Tournament Championship game to Utah by only 3.  They ended up 4th in the MWC regular season.  All 3 higher finishing MWC teams are going to the NCAA Tournament. 

The Runnin' Rebels own impressive wins over Cal and USC of the Pac-10, and Auburn of the SEC.  Their overall road record is 4-7.

UNLV Season: Individual Stats

 

REBOUNDS

 

#

Name GP Min PPG RPG APG Off Def Tot Ast Stl Blk To PF
00 Odartey Blankson (*) 
Jr
(F-6'7 220lbs)
30 1034 17.3 10.3 1.5 90 218 308 45 37 11 79 81
03 Romel Beck (*)
Jr (G/F-6'7 185lbs)
30 941 14.5 2.0 1.0 11 49 60 29 20 11 56 54
05 JK Edwards Sr (*)
(C/F-6'8 250lbs)
25 605 11.4 6.0 1.2 44 107 151 30 26 28 44 85
10 Jerel Blassingame (*)
Jr (G-5'10 170lbs)
30 994 11.2 1.8 6.8 11 42 53 204 37 0 108 89
01 Demetrius Hunter (*)
Sr (G-6'2 205lbs)
30 690 7.2 1.7 1.1 6 46 52 34 19 3 32 58
11 James Peters 
Sr
(F-6'8 215lbs)
27 451 6.4 3.3 0.5 26 62 88 14 18 21 36 60
22 Louis Amundson 
Soph
(F-6'9 215lbs)
30 488 4.5 4.0 0.4 53 67 120 11 15 29 40 70
12 Michael Umeh 
Fresh
(G-6'2 185lbs)
28 336 2.5 1.0 0.5 4 24 28 15 10 0 13 24
33 John Winston
Fresh (G-6'3 205lbs)
30 391 1.4 0.9 2.0 4 24 28 60 15 2 31 37
24 Andy Hannan
Jr (G/F-6'6 210lbs)
16 108 0.8 0.8 0.1 2 10 12 2 4 1 6 8

(*) = Projected Starter

 
  FIELD GOALS 3-POINT GOALS FREE THROWS POINTS

#

Name M Att Pct M Att Pct M Att Pct PPG Total High
00 Odartey Blankson 178 343 51.9 28 75 37.3 136 172 79.1 17.3 520 28
03 Romel Beck 150 304 49.3 55 141 39.0 80 103 77.7 14.5 435 26
05 JK Edwards 115 194 59.3 1 3 33.3 53 76 69.7 11.4 284 21
10 Jerel Blassingame 101 261 38.7 39 100 39.0 95 135 70.4 11.2 336 28
01 Demetrius Hunter 72 194 37.1 42 125 33.6 31 42 73.8 7.2 217 21
11 James Peters 67 122 54.9 1 2 50.0 38 66 57.6 6.4 173 16
22 Louis Amundson 50 95 52.6 0 1 0.0 35 66 53.0 4.5 135 15
12 Michael Umeh 24 56 42.9 9 29 31.0 13 19 68.4 2.5 70 11
33 John Winston 14 34 41.2 3 10 30.0 11 22 50.0 1.4 42 7
24 Andy Hannan 3 18 16.7 1 8 12.5 6 8 75.0 0.8 13 4

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