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Boise State mens basketball team begins practice for the 2013-14 season.

The Broncos men’s basketball season got underway Friday with their first practice and opened Taco Bell Arena on Saturday with a scrimmage.

Boise State head basketball coach Leon Rice.
Boise State head basketball coach Leon Rice.
The Boise State basketball scrimmage on Saturday ahead of the Boise State-Southern Miss football game marked the opening of basketball season in Taco Bell Arena. Last season the men's hoops program went 14-1 at home with an overall record of 21-11 that ended with a berth in the NCAA tournament. That same Broncos team returns nearly intact with all five starters.

The tipoff times and the television schedule for this season's games are displayed below and include nine conference and three nonconference home games. League play for the Broncos begins December 22, at Hawaii.

Boise State Broncos 2013-14 schedule:

Nov. 1 vs. Lewis-Clark State (exhibition), 7 PM MT

Nov. 8 vs. UT-Arlington, 8 PM MT

Nov. 15 vs. Simpson, 7 PM MT

Nov. 19 vs. Seattle, 7 PM MT ROOT)

Nov. 23 at New Orleans

Nov. 27 vs. Idaho at CenturyLink Arena

Nov. 29 vs. Portland State, 6 PM MT

Dec. 3 vs. Utah (CBS Sports Network), 8:05 PM MT

Dec. 5 vs. Carroll, 8 PM MT

Dec. 10 at Kentucky, 7 PM MT ESPN)

Dec. 14 vs. Saint Mary's, 4:05 PM MT(ROOT)

Dec. 22 at Hawaii, 11 PM MT (ESPNU) (Diamondhead Classic)

Dec. 23 vs. Saint Mary's or South Carolina, 7 or 9:30 PM MT (ESPNU or ESPN2)

Dec. 25 vs. TBA (Diamondhead Classic)

Jan. 4 vs. Fresno State (ESPN3)

Jan. 8 at San Diego State (ESPNU/ESPN3 flex), 8:05 PM MT

Jan. 11 vs. Wyoming (ESPN3), 7 PM MT

Jan. 14 at Nevada (ESPN3), 7:15 PM MT

Jan. 18 vs. Utah State, 7 PM MT

Jan. 21 at New Mexico (CBS Sports Network), 7:15 PM MT

Jan. 25 vs. San Jose State, 4:05 PM MY(ROOT)

Jan. 29 vs. Air Force, 7:05 PM MT(ROOT)

Feb. 1 at UNLV (CBS Sports Network)

Feb. 5 vs. San Diego State (CBS Sports Network), 7:15 PM MT

Feb. 8 at Utah State (CBS Sports Network)

Feb. 12 vs. New Mexico (CBS Sports Network), 7:15 PM MT

Feb. 18 at Colorado State (ESPNU/ESPN3 flex), 9:05 PM MT

Feb. 22 vs. UNLV (CBS Sports Network)

Feb. 26 at Fresno State (CBS Sports Network), 7:05 PM MT

March 1 at Wyoming (CBS Sports Network)

March 5 vs. Nevada (Mtn. West Network), 7 PM MT

March 8 at Air Force

Third year head coach Leon Rice (56–41) will be seeking to take the Broncos to another NCAA tournament berth as a follow-up to last year’s highly successful season. That season ended with a loss to La Salle(71-80) in UD Arena, Dayton, OH in the Broncos’ sixth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the team’s first ever at-large berth.