BOISE The Broncos picked up 11 points in the USA Today coaches Top 25 poll released Thursday. That puts the program at No. 35 heading into the regular season, which starts Nov. 8 with a home game against UT Arlington. Kentucky is No. 1 seven months after missing the NCAA Tournament. Its the first time in the history of the poll, which started for the 1991-92 season, that a team enters a season No. 1 after finishing the previous season unranked. Mountain West power New Mexico starts the season at No. 20.
BSU MENS TENNIS: Five singles players and two doubles teams reached the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships in Las Vegas. Andy Bettles, Thomas Tenreiro, Garrett Patton, Brendan McClain and Toby Mitchell advanced, while the doubles teams of Bettles-Tenreiro and Patton-McClain are moving on. Boise State is 17-2 in singles and 4-1 in doubles, including going undefeated Thursday in singles (8-0) and doubles (3-0). Four Broncos will face each other in Fridays quarterfinals: Tenreiro and McClain, and Patton versus Mitchell.
BSU VOLLEYBALL: The Broncos (9-9, 3-5 MW) rallied for a win at Nevada 25-20, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-10.
IDAHO STATE MENS BASKETBALL: The Bengals are picked to finish 10th (coaches) and 11th (media) in the Big Sky preseason polls released Thursday. Weber State is predicted to win the league in both polls.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MENS BASKETBALL: Forward Kevin Rima has been named to preseason All-GNAC team.
NNU WOMENS SOCCER: The Crusaders (1-8-3, 0-6-3 GNAC) lost to Seattle Pacific 2-1 in Nampa.
NNU MENS SOCCER: Fredy Razo scored on a rebound of his own shot in the final minute of regulation and the Crusaders (3-3-5, 3-2-2 GNAC) tied Seattle Pacific 2-2 in Nampa.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO WOMENS SOCCER: The Coyotes (3-9, 1-4 Cascade) fell to Northwest 7-1 in Kirkland, Wash.