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Boise State Hoops Faces Challenging November Slate

Pieces of Boise State’s 2016-17 schedule are beginning to fall into place, and it won’t be a cakewalk for the young Broncos.

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As the quiet part of the college basketball season is upon us, bits and pieces of the upcoming basketball schedule are soon to be unveiled.

Monday night, Idaho Statesman’s Dave Southorn announced two more additions to Boise State’s 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule. Here’s a look at what we already know for the November portion of the slate. Southorn also mentioned to me that he anticipates BSU to host a game between the conclusion of the Charleston Classic and the trip to Eugene, Oregon.

Charleston Classic (November 17-20)

Games: vs. Charleston (11/17), vs. Mississippi State/Central Florida (11/18), vs. Western Michigan/Villanova/Wake Forest/UTEP

Boise State will presumably make its first road trip of the season to Charleston, South Carolina to take part in the annual Charleston Classic. Although the Classic isn’t one of the premier early season tournaments, these three games could provide a boost to Boise State’s resume later on in the season.

The only guaranteed matchup will take place November 17th as the Broncos battle the host, the Charleston Cougars. Last season, the Cougars finished with a modest 17-14 record and an 8-10 mark in CAA conference play. Things aren’t getting any easier for Earl Grant and his team, as Charleston lost its superstar Canyon Barry (19.7 PPG) via transfer to Florida this spring.

@ Oregon Ducks (November 28)

Behold the toughest matchup on Boise’s 2016-17 schedule, the Oregon Ducks. Last year’s team was the best in school history, notching a school-best 31 victories and locking down its first #1 seed in March.

Luckily for Dana Altman, the Ducks return almost all of their role players from last year’s team, and should be primed for another deep NCAA Tournament run. Dillon Brooks (16.7 PPG), Dylan Ennis (Villanova transfer), Chris Boucher (6th in the nation in Blk%), Tyler Dorsey (40.6% from deep) and Jordan Bell (5.3 RPG) will host the Broncos in a hostile Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

Boise State and Oregon faced off last December, where the Broncos led by as many as 17 late before closing out a 74-72 victory on the last possession against the nationally-ranked Ducks. Without veterans Anthony Drmic, James Webb III and Mikey Thompson, picking up a victory against a top-5 team will be a major challenge, but the matchup presents an opportunity for the young Broncos squad to make a statement early in the season.

SMU Mustangs (November 30)

Head coach Larry Brown is gone, but Southern Methodist should remain a contender in the AAC this upcoming season behind seniors Ben Moore (11.9 PPG/7.4 RPG) and Sterling Brown (10.1 PPG).

A home matchup against the Mustangs is a decent challenge for the Broncos, but a very winnable game. SMU should be a fringe NCAA team this year, making this a must-win non-conference game for BSU.

Boise State’s current schedule is as follows:

11/17: Charleston* (Charleston Classic, Charleston, SC)
11/18: Mississippi State/Central Florida* (Charleston Classic)
11/20: Western Michigan/Villanova/Wake Forest/UTEP* (Charleston Classic)
11/28: @ Oregon
11/30: SMU
12/3: @ Evansville (Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge)
12/28: @ Utah State (Conference play begins)
12/31: Colorado State
1/4: @ UNLV
1/7: San Diego State
1/14: @ Fresno State
1/18: New Mexico
1/21: @ San Jose State
1/25: Nevada
1/28: @ Wyoming
2/1: @ Colorado State
2/4: Utah State
2/11: Air Force
2/15: @ New Mexico
2/18: Wyoming
2/22: @ Nevada
2/25: San Jose State
3/1: Fresno State
3/4: @ Air Force

* denotes a neutral site game