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How Do The 2003-04 Broncos Compare?

Coach Greg Graham has brought excitement back to Boise State basketball and the Pavilion. How does this year's team compare with other landmark teams in Bronco history? Read the article and then <a href="http://mb3.theinsiders.com/fboisestatefrm8.showMessage?topicID=939.topic">vote in the poll on the Pavilion Board.

The Boise State men's basketball team returned to greatness this season and has compiled a 21-9 record this season. Where would you rank this year's men's basketball team with some of the best in Boise State history? Here is an overview of some of the top seasons in Bronco basketball.


1968-69
: Compiled a 19-8 record, advancing to the NAIA tournament where they won 1 game and lost 2. The Broncos were led by Forward Bill Otey, whose 17.3 rebounding average that season still ranks #1 in Boise State history. Otey also led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game.

Head Coach: Murray Satterfield

Starting Lineup:
G Ron Austin
G Renee Ruth
F Wendell Hart
F Bill Otey
C Keith Burke

 

1969-70: The team went 20-8, advancing to post-season play where they won 1 and lost 1 at the Division 2 National Tournament. Guard Ron Austin led Boise State with a 16.6 average. Otey again led the Broncos in rebounding, following up the previous season's record-setting performance with a 13.0 average (#2 at Boise State).

Head Coach: Murray Satterfield

Starting Lineup:
G Ron Austin
G Renee Ruth
F Wendell Hart
F Bill Otey
C Keith Burke

 

1975-76: Boise State went 18-11, including an 11-5 Big Sky record. With only one senior on the squad, the Broncos defeated Idaho State 93-81 and Weber State 77-70 to win the Big Sky championship and earn their first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament, losing to UNLV in the first round 103-78. The 75-76 team averaged 79.1 points per game (4th highest at Boise State) shot a Boise State record 72.8 % from the free-throw line and totaled 540 Assists, also #1 all-time. Center Pat Hoke (2nd team All Big Sky, All-Big Sky tournament team) led the Broncos with 17 ppg (#18 in season scoring average) and 7.9 rebounds per game while Boise State Hall of Fame Guard Steve Connor added a 16.9 average along with an 80.6 free-throw percentage (10th all-time) and 122 assists (#7 all-time). Connor made the All-Big Sky tournament team and was drafted by the Washington Bullets of the NBA. Point Guard Terry Miller also added 127 Assists (#6 all-time) for the Broncos.

Head Coach: Bus Connor

Starting Lineup:
G Steve Connor
G Terry Miller
F Trent Johnson
F Danny Jones
C Pat Hoke

 

1986-87: This was the beginning of the glory years at Boise State, as Head Coach Bobby Dye instilled a tenacious defensive mentality while in Boise, and the Broncos went 22-8 and 10-4 in the Big Sky. Included among the 22 wins (3rd most in Bronco modern history) were wins over highly-regarded Cal-Irvine and Portland. The Broncos lost to Idaho State in Big Sky tournament, but became the first team from Boise State to be invited to the National Invitation Tournament, defeating Utah 62-61 before losing to Washington 73-68.

The 86-87 team shot 49.7% from the field (4th all-time) and 39.1% from 3-point land (also 4th all-time) and, led by Guards Doug Usitalo (105 steals—2nd in the nation and #1 all-time at Boise State) and Chris Childs (68--#4 all-time) the Broncos were credited with an amazing 344 steals (an all-time Boise State record). Usitalo also dished out 130 assists (4th all-time). Childs, who went on to a successful NBA career with the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors, hit 82.6% of his free-throw attempts (7th all-time) and Center Jeff Kelley was accurate on 59.8% of his field-goal attempts (#9 all-time) for this great Bronco team. Hard-working Forward Arnell Jones averaged 8.2 rebounds per game (#10 in Bronco history) and 15.8 ppg. Future Boise State Hall of Famers Childs and Jones earned post-season recognition--Childs was named to the All-Big Sky team while Jones was chosen on the 2nd team and was honored as Big Sky Newcomer of the Year.

Head Coach: Bobby Dye

Starting Lineup:
G Chris Childs
G Doug Usitalo
F Arnell Jones
F Jeff Kelly
C Jeff Foster

 

1987-88: Won 16 of its first 17 games, including 10 in a row, the only loss in that streak being a 59-55 loss to #5 Wyoming. The Broncos finished the year at 24-6 (school record for wins), 13-3 in the Big Sky. They beat St. Mary's twice, San Diego, Gonzaga and Portland. All 3 out of conference losses were to top ten teams, twice to Wyoming (59-55 and 56-50) and once to #3 seed Michigan (63-58) in the NCAA tournament. Boise State was 2nd in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 56.3 points per game (# 1 all-time at Boise State). The 87-88 team also hit 52.4% of their field goal attempts (#1 all-time),

44.7% of their three-pointers (#1 all-time) and compiled 308 Steals (2nd only to the 86-87 team).

The team had weapons galore, and Guard Doug Usitalo (145 Assists (#1 all-time)) would find them repeatedly with pinpoint passes. The trio of Usitalo (80 steals—2nd all-time), Guard Chris Childs (58 steals—5th all time) and Forward Arnell Jones (54 steals--#10 all-time) made life tough for defenses, constantly stepping in front of passes and knocking the ball away. Guard Brian King was one of the best players ever coming off the bench for the Broncos, hitting on an amazing 52.2% of his bombs from three-point territory (#1 all-time). Childs also put up one of the best years in Boise State history from behind the arc, 45%, good for 3rd all-time, and hit on 85.3% of his free-throws, 4th in the record books. Jones again led the Broncos in scoring at 16.4.

Childs & Jones (Big Sky Player of the Year) were both named to the All-Big Sky team and Usitalo was selected to the 2nd team. Forward Mike Sanor was also chosen as the Big Sky Top Reserve of the Year. In defeating Idaho State 87-56 and Montana State 63-61 to win the Big Sky Tournament, Childs (the tournament MVP) and Jones were also selected to the all-tournament team.

 Head Coach: Bobby Dye

Starting Lineup:
G Chris Childs
G Doug Usitalo
F Arnell Jones
F Wilson Foster
C Greg Dodd

 

1988-89: The Chris Childs era at Boise State came to an end, but not before the Broncos amassed a 23-7 record (2nd all-time), including 13-3 in the Big Sky. This gave Boise State a 69-21 record over three years, easily the best 3-year period in Bronco roundball history. The 88-89 team beat Gonzaga, Oregon State, Portland, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Pepperdine, with losses to Santa Clara and Akron.

The Broncos of 88-89 are remembered as one of the best-shooting teams ever, burning the nets at a 49.6% clip (5th all-time), hitting 44.1% of their 3-point tries (2nd all-time) and shooting 71.9% from the line (2nd all-time). The strong defense under Dye continued, with the team allowing just 58.9 points per game (2nd all-time).

With the graduation of Usitalo, Childs became more of a point guard, finding the open man for 122 assists (#7 all-time) while also hitting 43.7% of his 3-pointers (also 7th). Forward Wilson Foster enjoyed his most successful season, hitting on 82.2% of his free-throws (#8 all-time) and 41.8% from beyond the arc (#10 all-time) and leading the team scoring at a 15.4 points per game clip. Guard Brian King again led the team in 3-point success with 44.6% #5 all-time).

Childs (Big Sky Player of the Year) and Foster were both selected to the All-Big Sky team as well as the All-Big Sky tournament team as the Broncos defeated Weber State 71-60 before losing to Idaho 59-52. The Broncos were invited to the NIT for the second time, but lost to Oklahoma State 69-55.

Head Coach: Bobby Dye

Starting Lineup:
G Chris Childs
G Michael Pearson
F David Lowery
F Wilson Foster
C Brian Sperry

 

1990-91: The Broncos went 18-11, with a 10-6 Big Sky mark in 1990-91, beating Gonzaga, Utah State and Pepperdine. Included in their losses were road contests at Wisconsin-Green Bay, San Francisco and St. Mary's.

Boise State shot the ball extremely well (50.5%--3rd all time) and, led by Center Tanoka Beard (50—3rd all-time), began to block shots, to the tune of 106 on the season (#5 all-time). Beard averaged 17.7 points per game for the Broncos (9th all-time). Forward Billy Fikes, who had incredible leaping ability, hit 69% (many of those dunks) in recording the 2nd best field goal percentage in the Bronco record books. Point Guard Lance Vaughn quarterbacked the offense and was a dangerous three-point shooter (49.5%--2nd all-time).

Boise State suffered a disappointing loss to Idaho State in the first round of the Big Sky tournament and lost to Southern Illinois, 75-74 in the NIT

Head Coach: Bobby Dye

Starting Lineup:
G Lance Vaughn
G Jeff Sanor
F Dan Jones
F Billy Fikes
C Tanoka Beard (All-Big Sky)

 

1992-93: Boise State rebounded for a 21-8 record (4th best season), and10-4 in the Big Sky. They beat Wyoming and George Mason that season, losing to St. Mary's, Pepperdine and Washington.

The blocked shots continued, with the Broncos swatting away 109 shots (3rd all-time). The 92-93 team also hit 71.8% of their free-throws (5th all-time), key to beating Weber State and Idaho to win the Big Sky tournament. The Broncos made their 3rd appearance in the NCAA tournament, losing to Vanderbilt 92-72.

Beard (who still plays professional basketball in Lithuania) was the go-to guy, averaging 21.0 ppg, #3 in Bronco history, while being credited for 38 blocked shots (#7 all-time). Beard was named All-Big Sky, as well as tournament MVP, and was joined on the tournament team by Forward Sherman Morris. Guard Lance Vaughn was Mr. Dependable on the free-throw line, with the most successful season ever at Boise State from the charity stripe—92.5%. Darnell Woods posed a threat on defense, totaling 56 steals (7th all-time).

Head Coach: Bobby Dye

Starting Lineup:
G Lance Vaughn
G Damon Archibald
F Sherman Morris
F Darnell Woods
C Tanoka Beard

 

1993-94: Sporting a 10-11 record with just 3 weeks remaining in the season, the Broncos finished 17-13 and 7-7 in the Big Sky, then won the Big Sky tournament for the 2nd straight year, defeating Montana State 75-57, Weber State 84-72 and Idaho State 85-81. Center John Coker and Forward Shambric Williams (tournament MVP) both were named to the All-tournament team. An intense rally in the NCAA's fell short, and the Broncos lost to Louisville 67-58.

The 1993-94 team blocked 143 shots (#1 all-time), had 520 assists (2nd all-time), 267 steals (5th all-time) and was again one of the top defensive teams in the nation, allowing opponents just 43.6% from the field (#3 all-time).

Coker's 77 blocks in 93-94 ranks #1 in the Bronco record books; Coker also led the Broncos in scoring with 17.4 ppg (12th all-time). Bernard Walker also was a defensive star, getting 57 Steals (#6 all-time). Williams (All-Big Sky) was the team's greatest 3-point threat, knocking down 44.6% of his attempts (4th all-time). Guard Steve Shephard was voted the Big Sky's Freshman of the Year.

Head Coach: Bobby Dye

Starting Lineup:
G Steve Shephard
G Bernard Walker
F Eric Bellamy
F Shambric Williams
C John Coker

 

1998-99: The Broncos put together their best regular season in 6 years, going 21-8 (4th all-time) and 12-4 in the Big West. Boise State beat Loyola Marymount and #17 Washington and lost to Weber State, Indiana and Gonzaga. They defeated Cal State-Fullerton and Long Beach State in the Big West tourney before losing to New Mexico State in the conference championship game.

The stingy Bronco defense held opponents to 61.7 points per contest (3rd all-time) and just 44.1% field-goal success (4th). The Bronco "D" also accumulated 277 steals (also 4th).

Roberto Bergersen's 22.2 scoring average in 98-99 was the 2nd best in Boise State history. Bergersen, who was drafted in the 2nd round of the NBA by the Atlanta Hawks and is currently playing for the Idaho Stampede of the CBA, also hit 85.6% of his free-throws and reached in and got 54 steals (#10 all-time). Bergersen earned Big West Player of the Year as well as All-Big West honors. Guard Gerry Washington was chosen to the 2nd team.

Head Coach: Rod Jensen

Starting Lineup:
G Roberto Bergersen
G Gerry Washington
F Richard Morgan
F Kejuan Woods
C Trever Tillman

 

2003-04: Boise State's 2003-04 team returned greatness to Boise State basketball, winning 12 of their last 15 games and finishing their season at 23-10.  Jermaine Blackburn led the Broncos in scoring, but after an injury against Rice, Coby Karl was inserted into the starting lineup and the team didn't miss a beat.  Coach Graham's team was 3-3 against NCAA tourney teams (2-1 against UTEP, 1-1 against WAC champion Nevada and 0-1 against BYU). The Broncos defeated Fresno State before losing to UTEP in the WAC Semi-Finals. The Broncos received their 4th invitation to the NIT, defeating UNLV 84-69 and Wisconsin-Milwaukee 73-70 before losing to Marquette 66-53.

Head Coach: Greg Graham

Starting Lineup:
G Bryan DeFares
G Joe Skiffer
F Aaron Haynes
F Jermaine Blackburn/G Coby Karl
C Jason Ellis


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