It was a hard fought battle between two one-loss teams on Tuesday night but in the end, the Boise State Broncos prevailed against the Idaho Vandals in the "Potato State." With an impressive crowd on hand in CenturyLink Arena, the Broncos were able to improve to 4-1 on the year, with their only loss being to Wisconsin. Broncos guard Derrick Marks played exponentially last night,
The senior from Chicago scored 39 points in 33 minutes, was 3-5 from beyond the arc, and also scooped up five rebounds and 3 assists. The Broncos held an 8-10 point lead for most of the second half, but the Vandals' three point shooting kept them in the game, shooting 61.1 percent from long range. Idaho, now 2-2 on the year, really could have used this game if they want any kind of a postseason run. The Vandals will have a home game with Northern Kentucky before coming back home to face a surprising Washington State team.
For the Broncos, they will travel across the country to square off with the Wolfpack of North Carolina State on Friday, which should be an interesting game. If Boise State can catch a little fire here going into Mountain West play, they could surprise a lot of people. The Broncos are scoring 74.0 points a game, but are allowing an average of 72.0 points a game, which ranks 285th nationally.
Boise State held off Idaho long enough in the first half to make the win look not as close as it was, only outscoring Idaho by one point in the second half. If the Broncos can improve on the defensive side of the ball, I truly believe they have enough offensive weapons to make a serious run at this thing. If they can have a competitive game with the Wolfpack, or possibly win, they may crack the top 25 soon. Even for a sloppy game played against a mediocre opponent, it's seriously starting to look like the Bronco fans have something to cheer about other than football.