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Boise State completes nonconference slate with opponents from WCC, SWAC

Zach Haney will be a senior center for the Boise State men’s basketball team, which announced the completion of its 2018-19 schedule on Monday.
Zach Haney will be a senior center for the Boise State men’s basketball team, which announced the completion of its 2018-19 schedule on Monday. The Associated Press

With the complicated task of scheduling out of the way, the Boise State men’s basketball team can get down to business.

Coach Leon Rice announced the completion of the Broncos’ 2018-19 13-game nonconference slate on Monday, adding home games against Idaho State, Jackson State, Central Washington, Alabama State and Pacific.

“Last year nobody listened to me when I was trying to tell everybody how good Loyola Chicago was. ... That was our smallest (home) crowd of the year, and for a Final Four team,” Rice said. “Sometimes I think some teams that are really good, you might not know that they’re good at the time.”

Earlier this summer, Boise State and Oregon agreed to a home-and-home series for the upcoming season. The Broncos travel to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, Dec. 15, and the Ducks visit Taco Bell Arena on Saturday, Dec. 29. The two teams will also play a third game in 2019-20 at Oregon.

The Ducks are expected to be one of the top teams in the Pac-12 this season.

“I want to play them and our guys want to play them,” Rice said. “Whether we’re good enough or not good enough, that remains to be seen. It does give you a sense of urgency to become better.”

Boise State’s additional nonconference road games will be at Drake (Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge), Grand Canyon and Loyola Marymount.

The Broncos play in the Cayman Islands Classic Nov. 19-21, opening against Creighton and facing either St. Bonaventure or Georgia State the following day. Akron, Clemson, Georgia and Illinois State are also in the tournament.

The Broncos have nine returners from a team that went 23-9 and lost in the first round of the NIT to Washington. Boise State went 15-1 at home last season and is 102-21 all-time under Rice in games played at Taco Bell Arena.

Season tickets for the 2018-19 season start at $164 and can be purchased by visiting BroncoSports.com/tickets.

Boise State’s 2018-19 schedule

Nov. 5: vs. Vanguard (exhibition)

Nov. 10: vs. Idaho State

Nov. 16: vs. Jackson State (Cayman Islands Classic but game at Taco Bell Arena)

Nov. 19: Creighton, 5:30 p.m. MT (Cayman Islands Classic)

Nov. 20: St. Bonaventure or Georgia State (Cayman Islands Classic)

Nov. 21: TBD (Cayman Islands Classic)

Nov. 27: at Drake (Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge)

Dec. 1: at Grand Canyon

Dec. 8: vs. Central Washington

Dec. 12: vs. Alabama State

Dec. 15: at Oregon

Dec. 19: at Loyola Marymount

Dec. 22: vs. Pacific

Dec. 29: vs. Oregon

Jan. 2: at Wyoming

Jan. 5: vs. San Diego State

Jan. 12: at San Jose State

Jan. 16: vs. Nevada

Jan. 19: vs. Fresno State

Jan. 23: at Air Force

Jan. 26: vs. Wyoming

Jan. 30: at Colorado State

Feb. 2: at Nevada

Feb. 6: vs. UNLV

Feb. 9: vs. San Jose State

Feb. 13: at Fresno State

Feb. 16: at San Diego State

Feb. 23: vs. Utah State

Feb. 27: vs. Colorado State

March 2: at UNLV

March 6: at New Mexico

March 9: vs. Air Force

Note: The Mountain West has not yet announced tip times or broadcast information.

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