The Broncos had won seven straight when they ran into a buzzsaw in Fresno last week and now they only own a share of the MWC lead with upstart Nevada. Enter New Mexico to Boise's suddenly frozen tundra. The Lobos (10-8) are coming off a win against Colorado State that was overshadowed by a near-melee involving a UNM assistant, Larry Eustachy and star Ram forward Emmanuel Omogbo. The Mountain West Conference responded to the incident with a finger wag and some stank eye, but nothing much else came of it except some attention-turning from tonight's game.
The 11-5 Broncos will need to slow down Tim WIlliams and Elijah Brown to get off the proverbial schnide and that'll be a tall order...the duo is averaging 18.3 and 17.5 PPG, respectively. However, as good as Williams and Brown have been, they aren't getting a ton of help from their bench—with the next highest-scoring Lobo on the season (Dane Kulper) at just 7.5 points per contest. The Broncos have plenty of offensive weaponry to dispatch the Lobos, but they can't come out flat like they did against Fresno State if they want to send 'em back to Albuquerque on the sad bus.
How to watch
You're in luck! The game will be televised on ESPNU (DirecTV 208, Dish 141, CableONE 136) with Steve Quis and Adrian Branch providing the colorful commentary. If that's not your thing, Bob Behler and Abe Jackson will be vividly describing the goings on on 670 KBOI. Lastly, Damien and Michael will be courtside live-tweeting and posting all sorts of goodies, and will be hanging out after the game for the postgame presser.
Boise State by 6.5