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.
where either the men's or women's basketball program at BoiseState 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 BoiseState can beat; the
Broncos got past the hapless Vandals last week in Moscow.Boise State hosts rival FresnoState tomorrow night in
Taco Bell Arena, following the women's battle with UtahState at .
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 FresnoState.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 BoiseState 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
AlleganyCollege.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 JoseState 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 UtahState.
BoiseState'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.BoiseState 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.
leads UtahState with 11.5 points a
BoiseState is 13-7 overall
but just 2-4 in WAC play.UtahState is 11-9 and 3-4
and is one of the teams the Broncos are chasing.