Things get real tomorrow night for the Boise State men's basketball team when it travels into SEC country to take on the LSU Tigers. Real exciting, that is. This Bronco team has a very good chance to pull off the upset, according to my irrational love of the team and the lofty expectations I place on everything I adore.
Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. MT, and you can watch the game on TV if you are lucky enough to have LSU regional cable channel COX Sports. Radio listeners can get the game on 670 KBOI. To get you prepped and ready for your non-football Saturday sports watching, here are five things you need to know about LSU and the Broncos.
1. Former Boise State basketball player Trent Johnson is LSU's head coach. And people don't like him. He lost 14 of his last 15 games last season and was named one of the most overpaid coaches in America by Forbes magazine (HT: Scott Slant). His 2011 season includes a home loss on Thanksgiving Eve to South Alabama.
2. Boise State is the No. 9 team in the country in scoring, averaging nearly 85 points per game. Twenty-three of those points come courtesy of Australian freshman Anthony Drmic (15 ppg) and Igor Hadziomerovic (8 ppg). Throw another shrimp on the barbie, etc.!
3. The Broncos shoot a cool 50 percent from the field. LSU shoots a YBA-like 39 percent.
4. Saturday's game against LSU will be Boise State's fourth game in eight days, but it's all good. Idaho State was one of those four.
5. LSU plays its basketball in the 13,000-seat Pete Maravich Assembly Center, affectionately dubbed the "Deaf Dome" by none other than Dick Vitale who, due to being a billion years old, is possibly deaf. Ironic.
Note: OBNUG reader ihavenofriendzz took the liberty of starting an LSU gamethread 36 hours early.)
What do you think of the Broncos' chances on Saturday? Are you hoping for a win? A good show? An Australian revolution? Share your thoughts in the comments.