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Broncos hope to carry Oregon momentum into SMU matchup

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NCAA Basketball: Boise State at Oregon Cole Elsasser-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, sometimes even losing momentum is still momentum. The Broncos had the Ducks on the ropes Monday evening and led nearly whistle to whistle before finally succumbing to a scoring drought that let the Fightin’ Phil Knights take the win. For all the disappointment of Monday night’s defeat, the Broncos showed something we hadn’t really seen this year—the ability to go toe-to-toe with a upper tier basketball team. As luck would have it, that extra gear will come in handy as the Broncos (3-3) host the SMU Mustangs this evening at Taco Bell Arena—a team they haven’t played since they were both members of the Western Athletic Conference.

SMU (4-2) is also coming off a tough loss to a Pac-12 foe, so twinsies! SMU was defeated by USC their last time out on the hardwood five days ago and want to right their ship by sinking the Broncos' battleship. Leading the way will likely be the awesomely named Semi Ojeleye and Shake Milton, who are averaging 19.3 and 12 PPG, respectively. The Mustangs have already failed to replicate the success of last season, where they opened with 18-straight wins, but their goal of matching last season's 25 win total is still intact and they'd love nothing more than to start a new streak.

How to watch

You're in luck tonight as the game is at home and you can occupy a cozy orange seat down at Taco Bell Arena and wach the fresh-faced Broncos in living color. If the skiff of snow on the roads has you second-guessing however, you can catch a livestream of the game on BroncoSports.com, TheMW.com and even a live Twitter broadcast courtesy of Campus Insiders. If you're more of an audiophile, you can catch the radio broadcast at 670 KBOI or right HERE. As extra incentive to watch the game at the "Taco Ballerina", the first 2,000 fans will receive a collectible player poster (fingers crossed for Nick Duncan). OBNUG (me, specifically) will be courtside, live-tweeting the proceedings and eating popcorn, and afterwards will livestream the postgame presser as long as security doesn't kick me out.

Line

SMU by 5.5, but the Broncos were 17 point 'dogs to Oregon and only lost by 5, so by the transitive property we should win by 7. I'd make a great bookie.