The Broncos won a close won last night. A little bit of a struggle at times, but a win is a win is a win. What's good about this win, though, is that it was against a Pac-12 school, which will certainly help the RPI come March. It also sets up a showdown with Kentucky on December 10th where Boise State will go to Lexington with an undefeated record (most likely) and a dangerous bravado. As my man Juwan Howard once said, "Shock the World!"
|Ryan Watkins, F||23||4-6||0-0||0-0||4||6||10||0||2||0||1||2||8|
|Anthony Drmic, G||38||5-8||1-3||3-5||0||3||3||1||3||0||6||2||14|
|Igor Hadziomerovic, G||23||2-6||0-1||0-0||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||2||4|
|Jeff Elorriaga, G||36||1-1||1-1||4-6||0||2||2||0||2||0||0||1||7|
|Derrick Marks, G||25||7-16||0-3||3-4||0||6||6||2||0||0||3||4||17|
|Nick Duncan, F||17||2-5||2-5||0-0||1||1||2||0||2||0||2||4||6|
|Mikey Thompson, G||27||4-11||0-0||5-5||1||2||3||0||0||0||1||0||13|
|Thomas Bropleh, G||11||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||1||1||3||0||0||0||2||0|
I liked... holding a team that averages over 90 points per game to 67.
I didn't like... only scoring 69.
I liked... maintaining and then increasing the lead with Derrick Marks off the floor for a large portion of the second half.
I didn't like... late game free throws.
I liked... Nick Duncan's moxie and knocking down those two 3s.
I didn't like... shooting 28.6% from beyond the arc.
I liked... Jeff Elorriaga scoring seven points with just one field goal attempt. Very efficient, Jeff.
I didn't like... Jeff Elorriaga only getting one field goal attempt!?!?!?! Be more selfish, Jeff. Teams have really clamped down on him defensively and he can't create his own shot. I am interested to see what wrinkles will be put into the offense to get him open looks.
I liked... outrebounding Utah 32-28.
I didn't like... only three people playing off of the bench. Not saying any of the players who didn't play should be playing 15 minutes per game, but I would look to see a more concerted effort to develop bench depth during live games.
I liked... Thomas Bropleh's three assists off the bench.
I didn't like... Anthony Drmic's six turnovers.
I liked... how Ryan Watkins finished the game.
I didn't like... how Ryan Watkins played before that. It was dreadful. When Drmic's dish underneath the hoop bounced off of Watkins' chest and then out of bounds, I about broke my television. That is Watkins' primary job in this offense. Hopefully that served as a big wake up call because Boise State's dynamic guards need to have him as a trusted option as the season continues.
I liked... that the crowd was a factor in early December.
I didn't like... that there were only 7,151 in attendance. Capacity is 12,644. I know it was cold out, but this team is something Boise has never seen.
What did you like, dislike, see last night?