Boise State Broncos (8-1)
LSU Tigers (5-3)
DATE: Saturday; Dec. 10, 2011
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Baton Rouge, La. / Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)
TV: Cox Sports Television
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network / BroncoSports.com
The Boise State Bronco men's basketball team has their second road game of the season on Saturday. The Broncos coming off yet another home win Wednesday night vs. Portland, 92-70, travel to Louisiana to take on the LSU Tigers (5-3). Although 5-3, the defeating the Tigers will not be easy. Two of their three losses have come to teams who only have one loss, Northwestern(7-1) and Coastal Carolina(8-1). Since those two losses, the Tigers have gone on to win four of their last 5. This is first ever meeting between the two schools in mens basketball.
Trent Johnson 1974-1978
LSU's coach, Trent Johnson, is actually #11 on Boise State's all time scoring list with 1,155pts from 1974-1978. He averaged 10.8ppg in 107 games. 1976 was the first year Boise State ever made it to the NCAA Tournament. BSU lost to UNLV 103-78 in the first round. Johnson is also 4th in Rebounds, 10th in Rebound Average, and 4th in Starts as a Bronco. This isn't the first time the Broncos have faced Johnson as an opposing coach. He was at Nevada from 1999-2004. Boise State is 1-7 vs. Johnson in his coaching career.
This is LSU's 3rd home game of the season. The Tigers are 1-1. In the loss, LSU was winning by 11 with 8 minutes to go when South Alabama went on a 13-2 run over 4:30 to tie the game at 63. The game eventually wen into overtime and South Alabama came away with the 79-75 victory.
LSU has four players averaging double digit points so far this year, Andre Stringer 5'9" Sophomore 12.1ppg. Anthony Hickey 5'10" Freshman, 11ppg, Justin Hamilton 6'11" Junior 10.9ppg, and Ralston Turner 6'6" Sophomore 10.5ppg. Much like the Broncos, LSU relies on several young players. Besides these four players for LSU, keep an eye out for Storm Warren (reasoning, his name is Storm!.. isn't that a chick in X-Men?, but seriously) He's a 6'7" Senior averaging 8pts and 5 rebounds in 18minutes. Johnny O'Bryant III.. A 6'9" Freshman averaging 9pts a game and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds in 19minutes. If there is anything good to take out of these 6 players from a Boise State perspective, it's that they are over 86% of LSU's offense which averages 71ppg, although only 2 other Tigers have played in all 8 games so far this season. Get used to hearing these guy's names. They're going to be on the floor all night. My prediction? Watch for Stringer and Hickey driving to the basket! Tim Douglas from Portland was very successful vs. the Broncos Wednesday night driving to the basket, scoring a team high 17 points.
Boise State's only double digit scorer is Freshman Anthony Drmic, 15.6ppg. Drew Wiley and Kenny Buckner are behind Drmic with 9.4ppg each. Three other Broncos are averaging 8 or more points per game. Ryan Watkins came up big last game and earned himself a career high 19 points vs. Portland. Wiley cooled off a big from 3. If simply shooting less 3s counts as cooling off. Several Broncos will need to step up this game if they are going to come away with a victory @ LSU. They can't get in too big of a hurry and rush bad shots. If the Broncos come out and have another off night like the last road game, look for it to end in a similar fashion.
My Keys to the Game
Prevent penetration and easy layups. Like I said in the LSU player preview, the Broncos had a hard time with it last game vs. Portland. Hickey and Stringer are almost guaranteed to be stronger and more athletic.
Hit open shots. This is what killed the Broncos in their last road game. It's hard to win, ever, shooting 31% from the field.
Don't get desperate and rely on the 3. Penetrate and try and get some inside scoring to open up the 3.
STAY CALM. Don't get in a hurry when you don't need to. Don't turn the ball over. LSU is in the top 20 in Opponent turnovers per game (18.5) and Opponent turnovers per play (22.4%)
Slow down the Broncos. Something no one has really been able to do this year, with the Broncos averaging almost 85ppg.
Force turnovers and continue to get offensive rebounds. LSU is ranked 22nd in offensive rebounds per game with 13.
Broncos Travel to Face LSU -Broncosports.com
Men's Basketball Opens Homestand Against Boise St. -LSUsports.net
LSU coach and former Boise State player Trent Johnson known for intensity -Idahostatesman.com
Random Stat that I have no intention of guaranteeing its accuracy, but I did at least try..
Since 2007, the Broncos are 0-2 when playing a regular season non-conference road game in a building named after a former player. Losses at Montana ('09), and Montana State ('07).
Feel free to add anything you all find in the comments. It's totally open for whatever.
Men's Basketball Clamps Down on Boise St.-lsusports.net
Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice
"We showed immaturity tonight. We need to have some resolve to battle on the road. Life on the road in college basketball is brutal. If you don't have the toughness to deal with it, and if you come apart you have no chance. Our offense has been good because we have been playing for each other. LSU is long, athletic and a good defensive team. We tried to create one-on-one, and that is not why we have been doing a good job. I knew when I put this team together with 11 new guys and freshman we are going to have ups and downs. Tonight is one of those learning nights."
On playing four games in eight days...
"Life on the road is tough and you can make plenty of excuses but we don't do that. Veteran tough teams learn to deal with these stretches of road games. I credit LSU; they were dialed in defensively and didn't make many mistakes."
On the missed layups...
"We missed a lot of layups because of the first couple of blocked shots. We credit, LSU but at the same time we were not tough enough. They picked up the intensity and we didn't run our offense."