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Valentine’s Day Special: Boise State v. #24 Nevada Preview

There will be no love lost on Wednesday night in Boise.

NCAA Basketball: Boise State at Nevada Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Tale Of The Tape

HOME: BOISE STATE BRONCOS (20-5, 10-3)

  • Head Coach: Leon Rice (8th Season, 162-92)
  • Top Performer: Chandler Hutchison (20.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG)
  • Points For / Game: 78.4 PPG (T-69th)
  • Points Against / Game: 68.5 (T-79th)
  • Last Game / Streak: 71-65 Loss at Utah State (1L)
  • Season Home Record: 13-0 (6-0)

AWAY: NEVADA WOLF PACK (21-5, 10-2)

  • Head Coach: Eric Musselman (3rd Season, 73-26)
  • Top Performer: Caleb Martin (19.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG)
  • Points For / Game: 82.9 PPG (26th)
  • Points Against / Game: 71.2 PPG (152nd)
  • Last Game / Streak: 83-58 v. San Diego State (1W)
  • Season Away Record: 8-2 (4-1)

Keys To The Game

Star Players Doing What Star Players Do

Pending Caleb Martin’s injury is nothing to worry about, this game should feature one of the best head-to-head individual match-ups in the league, between Martin for Nevada and Chandler Hutchison for Boise State. Both players are big-time scorers, likely first round NBA Draft picks and the focal point of everything their teams do well on the floor. While it’s unknown how much time they’ll each spend directly guarding one another, they will both undoubtedly control the flow of the game in this one, for better or worse.

Rebounding, Rebounding & Rebounding

One of the country’s more impressive teams on the glass for their size, the Broncos are currently averaging 38.2 rebounds per contest, a mark that keeps them in the top 60 nationally. It’s been one of the many key characteristics to their success on the year so far. On Wednesday night, that trait will come into play again against an up-tempo squad like Nevada, who will want to make the most of their possessions and turn this game into a track-meet. Limiting any extra chances for the Wolf Pack is key and that all starts with dominating on the boards for Boise State.

Modern Basketball: Tempo & Three’s

Nevada likes to get out in run. Boise State doesn’t mind getting themselves up and down the floor. Both coaches emphasis defensive effort mixed with offensive efficiency and have never been ones to pull back the reigns on their team’s capabilities to “get out and go”. So will we see a modern basketball epic on Valentine’s Day in Boise? It’s safe to say that one should be expected. End to end action. Three-pointers being hoisted left and right. The new-age fastbreak that ends with a dunk or a corner trey. Be ready for it Mountain West fans. And more importantly, sit back, relax and enjoy the game.


Staff Predictions

  • LoboAlum97: Nevada 82, Boise State 79
  • Mike Wittmann: Boise State 75, Nevada 71
  • Reo Radford: Boise State 89, Nevada 88 (OT)
  • The_Coach: Boise State 78, Nevada 73 (OT)

Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, February 14th
  • Time: 9:00 PM MT
  • Location: Taco Bell Arena (Boise, ID)
  • Coverage: ESPNU