The Boise State men’s basketball team opens the regular season Friday on the road at Montana. Here’s a look at the Grizzlies, along with the rest of the Broncos’ nonconference lineup:
Nov. 13 at Montana, 7 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 144
Coach: Travis DeCuire (second season, 20-13)
Key player: Martin Breunig, Sr., F (6-8, 210); 16.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 59.3 FG% in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Three of Grizzlies' top four scorers return, and JC transfer Walter Wright (31 points in exhibition) should help replace top scorer Jordan Gregory (17.0 ppg). ... Preseason choice to win Big Sky by league media.
Nov. 16 vs. Northern Arizona, 7 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 126
Coach: Jack Murphy (third season, 38-32)
Key player: Kris Yanku, Jr., G (6-4, 185); 13.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, led nation with 230 FTs made in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Two players who made more than 18 starts return, led by Yanku. ... Lumberjacks lost exhibition against Cal Baptist 89-70. ... Went 23-15 last season and reached CIT final, where they fell to Evansville.
Nov. 19 at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 4
Coach: Sean Miller (seventh season, 163-52)
Key player: Ryan Anderson, Sr., F (6-9, 235); 14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg in 2013-14 at Boston College
In a nutshell: Once again will be one of the nation's most talented teams despite losing top four scorers. ... Knee injury will force vaunted freshman forward Ray Smith to miss the season. ... Signed four of Rivals.com's top 32 ranked recruits. ... Team looking for players to step up at point guard and as rebounders. ... Lost to Wisconsin in Elite Eight of NCAA Tournament in March.
Nov. 23 vs. Concordia (Ore.), 7 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: N/A
Coach: Brad Barbarick (22nd season, 329-327)
Key player: Drew Martin, Jr., F (6-8, 195); 4.7 ppg at New Mexico Highlands in 2013-14
In a nutshell: Graduated five senior starters from last season's 25-7 team, all of whom averaged at least 10.5 ppg. ... The Cavaliers are also making the transition from the NAIA level to NCAA Division II.
Nov. 26-29 at Wooden Legacy
Nov. 26 vs. UC Irvine, 2 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 96
Coach: Russell Turner (sixth season, 90-80)
Key player: Mamadou Ndiaye, Jr., C (7-6, 300); 10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 25 blocks in 15 games in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Ndiaye missed two months last season and is a legit, ultra-rare presence inside with his size. ... The Anteaters went 21-13 last season, narrowly upsetting Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (57-55). ... Roster has four players 6-10 or taller. ... Voted preseason favorites to win Big West.
Note: Boise State will face either Boston College or Michigan State on Nov. 27, and either Evansville, Providence, Santa Clara or Arizona on Nov. 29. Click here for the bracket.
Dec. 2 vs. Willamette, 7 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: N/A
Coach: Kip Ioane (seventh season)
Key player: Brandon Luedtke, Sr., F (6-4, 225); 14.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Bearcats went 10-16 last season, led by Luedtke, a Mountain View High graduate. ... Ioane played at Willamette from 1997-2001, was an assistant for eight seasons, then became head coach.
Dec. 5 at Portland, 8 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 166
Coach: Eric Reveno (10th season, 128-158)
Key player: Alec Wintering, Jr., G (5-11, 170); 12.3 ppg, 5.7 apg in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Fifth in West Coast Conference preseason poll after going 17-16 last season, losing in first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. ... Reveno interviewed at Boise State before Leon Rice was hired. ... Plus-3.8 rpg (61st nationally last season), but lose top three rpg leaders.
Dec. 9 vs. Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 268
Coach: Mike Dunlap (second season, 8-23)
Key player: David Humphries, Sr., G (6-4, 210); 6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 37.2% 3-point shooting in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Top scorer Evan Payne (18.0 ppg) transferred to Long Beach State. ... Nine players who weren't on the roster or redshirted last season join the team this season. ... Picked 10th out of 10 in WCC preseason poll. ... Dunlap is 336-128 as a head coach with Charlotte Bobcats, Metro State, Cal Lutheran and Adelaide 36ers (Australia), where he coached Boise State assistant John Rillie in 1996-97.
Dec. 12 vs. Oregon, 5 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 27
Coach: Dana Altman (sixth season, 123-57)
Key player: Elgin Cook, Sr., F (6-6, 205); 13.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Senior guard Dylan Ennis, a Villanova transfer, is out a month with a foot injury. ... Ducks went 17-0 last season when holding opponent under 70 points, 9-10 when it scored more, and Altman said he expects team to be more defensive-focused this season. ... Signed three of Rivals.com's top 110 ranked recruits. ... Picked fourth in Pac-12 preseason poll.
Dec. 20 vs. Bradley, noon
2014-15 Final RPI: 280
Coach: Brian Wardle (first season)
Key player: Callum Barker, Fr., C (6-9, 245); 28 points (10-12), 12 rebounds in 33 minutes in two exhibitions
In a nutshell: Ten true or redshirt freshmen are listed on the team's roster. ... Six players transferred after last season's 9-24 mark, including top scorer Warren Jones (11.9 ppg). ... Wardle went 95-65 from 2010-15 at Green Bay. ... Former Boise State coach Greg Graham was an assistant at Bradley from 2011-14 after his firing at Boise State.
Dec. 30 vs. UC Davis, 7 p.m.
2014-15 Final RPI: 71
Coach: Jim Les (fifth season, 53-72)
Key player: Josh Fox, Sr., F (6-6, 215); 9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 59.6% shooting in 2014-15
In a nutshell: Aggies went 25-7 last season, falling to Stanford in first round of the NIT. ... UC Davis led the nation shooting 44.7 percent from 3-point range, but top four shooters have departed. ... Picked to finish tied for seventh in nine-team Big West by league media.