Dig-Dug

Whether you classify it digging a hole or already dug a hole, the Boise State men's and women's basketball teams are up against the wall. What began as promising seasons for both has turned upside down. The Bronco teams must find a way out of their collective holes tomorrow night in a basketball double-header. Action gets underway at 6:05 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

This isn't where either the men's or women's basketball program at Boise State wanted to be at this point in the season.

Yet near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference standings looking upward is exactly where both teams are.

Idaho seems to be the only WAC team Boise State can beat; the Broncos got past the hapless Vandals last week in Moscow .  Boise State hosts rival Fresno State tomorrow night in Taco Bell Arena, following the women's battle with Utah State at 6:05 .

Gordy Presnell's Lady Broncos seemed to have gotten things turned around last week with a pair of home wins only to lose a tough 73-66 struggle on the road to league-leader Fresno State .  The fact that they gave the Bulldogs one of their tougher conference games of the year is telling of the potential of this year's Boise State team.  With a little improvement, who knows what will happen next time?

Bronco fans can catch both games for just $5.  A family of four can get tickets to both games as well as four cokes and four hot dogs for just $35—tough to beat that price for entertainment anywhere. 

If the Bronco men are to all of a sudden turn things around, they will have to defend their home court tomorrow night.  Doing that will mean stopping Greg Smith, who is 12th in the country in field goal percentage.  Sophomore guard Steven Shepp found his way out west all the way from Maryland as a transfer from Allegany College .  Shepp has impressed head coach Steve Cleveland, earning a starting berth recently.  He plays the point with passion, flair and unselfishness.  Shepp rang up 10 assists against San Jose State two weeks ago.  Shepp is also a long-range bomber with pinpoint precision.

Senior Sylvester Seay is averaging 16 points a game as a force inside and someone that can also step back and hit the three.

Paul George hit two three-point plays in the final minute to help Fresno beat the Broncos 71-68 in their first meeting this season.  

The Bronco women hope to get the evening started right in their contest with Utah State . 

Boise State 's problem this year is not scoring—they are second in the WAC with 71.9 points a game.  Rather, defensive lapses have cost the team.  Boise State is taking but also giving away, allowing 67.2 points a game, which is seventh in the league.  Truthfully, they haven't been the same team since a blowout loss to Oregon .  Rather than shake it off as a bad night against a great basketball team, the Broncos let it hurt their confidence. 

Tasha Harris has been the star of the team so far with 16.7 points a game to go along with 6.2 rebounds from her guard position.  Jessica Van Hoogen can be hot and cold, and that averages out to 16 points a game.  The difficulty for Presnell is to find a third and fourth consistent scorer to take the pressure off those two.

Amber White leads Utah State with 11.5 points a game.

Boise State is 13-7 overall but just 2-4 in WAC play.  Utah State is 11-9 and 3-4 and is one of the teams the Broncos are chasing.   



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