Courtesy: Bruce Mann (Moscow, Idaho)
Kyle Barone
Vandals-Broncos rivalry week
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 12/17/2012
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Game 10: Idaho (4-5) vs. Boise State (7-2)
When: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 (6:05 p.m. PT)
Where: Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Television: ROOT SPORTS [Tim Glasgow, Dave Bollwinkel, Jenn Mueller]
Online Video: None
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A Look at the Broncos
Boise State is 7-2 this season, with wins in four of its last five outings, including an 89-70 home victory over LSU on Friday. The Broncos average 76.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Their opponents average 46.6 percent from the field, but average just 67.8 points per game. BSU holds a +4.0 rebounding margin and +3.2 turnover margin, including 8.3 steals per game. The Broncos also make 8.1 three-point field goals per game at a .406 clip. The Broncos have scored at least 80 points five times this year, while surrendering that total just once. Four Broncos have already tallied double-figure made 3-pointers so far this season.

Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice
Leon Rice is in his third season at Boise State. He holds a 42-22 career coaching record, all at BSU. The Broncos went 13-17 last season and 3-11 in the Mountain West Conference. In his debut season in 2010-11, he led BSU to a 22-13 overall record and the semifinal round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). He spent 11 seasons as an assistant at Gonzaga from 1998-2010, during which time the Bulldogs tallied a 291-73 record and 11 NCAA Tournament bids.

Idaho Vandals
Idaho posted a 44-point win on Saturday against NAIA foe Walla Walla University. The Vandals used a 20-2 first-half scoring run to earn a bid edge, then closed the game out on defense by holding the Wolves without a point over the game’s final five minutes. Twelve Vandals registered a point, the team shot 52.5 percent overall and Idaho out-rebounded WWU, 52-28, in the game.

Vandals vs. Broncos
The Idaho-Boise State series is the second-oldest continuous rivalry in Vandal basketball history. The two teams have played every season since 1970-71 and the Broncos hold a 51-35 edge since then. Idaho also registered five victories over BSU while it was still a two-year school. Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by six points or less and three have been one-possession final scores. BSU took a 76-73 win last year on Dec. 31 at the Idaho Center. Thursday’s game will be the fifth neutral-site meeting between the two schools.

Make Them Count
Both teams better choose their shots carefully, because they’re unlikely to get many second chances. Idaho leads the WAC and ranks second nationally with a 77.3 defensive rebounding percentage. Boise State rebounds 75.6 percent of its opponents’ misses, which ranks 11th in the NCAA entering the week.

Keeping Things Close
The Idaho-Boise State rivalry has had its fair share of big wins, but more close calls. Of the 91 games in series history, 48 have been decided by single figures, while six have gone to overtime. Boise State is tied as Idaho’s most common OT opponent. The Vandals and Broncos have played six overtime games in series history. Idaho has also played Nevada to extra periods six times.

Verlin’s Best First Half
Idaho took a 50-23 lead into halftime on Dec. 15 against Walla Walla University. The score was significant for two reasons. First, it was the most first-half points by a Vandal team under head coach Don Verlin (they had scored 49 twice). It also was the team’s largest halftime advantage of the Verlin era. His teams had taken two 26-point leads into the half before Saturday’s 27-point lead at the break.

Quick-Change Plays
Idaho ranks 334th in the NCAA with just 4.4 steals per game this season. That doesn’t mean the Vandals don’t get out and run. Idaho has outscored its opponents in transition this season by an 85-36 margin. The Vandals have tallied double-figure transition points five times this year, while surrendering more than seven just once. Idaho has held three opponents without a fast-break point this season.

Old-Fashioned Triples
Going into last Saturday’s game against Walla Walla, Idaho had earned nine 3-point plays and converted four of them. Against WWU, the Vandals converted five 3-point plays on seven chances. Six players in all earned a 3-point play chance in that game alone.

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