After several weeks of competing against teammates in practices and scrimmages, the Boise State men’s basketball team is ready to see different colored jerseys when it faces Lewis-Clark State on Friday night in the first of two exhibition games at Taco Bell Arena.
“We need it now at this point of the season. Playing against yourselves day-after-day, it’s a long grind,” Rice said at practice Wednesday afternoon.
“These guys get tired of playing against each other. You don’t really know what you’re looking at sometimes because they’re used to guarding each other. They know each other’s plays (and) they’re not being officiated.”
The Broncos return one full-time starter from the 2015-16 team in senior forward Nick Duncan. Though he said he has a tentative starting five mapped out for Friday’s game, Rice still isn’t completely sure what he has on his roster. He’s hoping that a matchup with the Warriors will add some clarity.
“The one question we have with this team is, you have a lot of question marks. The question marks are, what can these guys do when the lights come on against other guys?” Rice said. “You kind of have your core. We do have some veterans that I think you can count on. But we have to get some of those questions answered.”
Friday’s exhibition vs. Lewis-Clark State is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. The Broncos host Northwest Christian in their second exhibition game the following Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. The team then opens the regular season at home against Northwest University on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.