UW-Boise State Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Brian Murphy, who covers Boise State men’s basketball for the Idaho Statesman, about today’s Wyoming at Boise State men’s basketball game. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

Question: Boise State lost its third close game to San Diego State dating back to last season on Wednesday night, how do you think the Broncos will respond coming home to play Wyoming?

Answer: The loss at San Diego State was a tough one, no doubt. It was a loose ball 3-pointer that led to their defeat. But Boise State has been able to bounce back well from losses, even close ones, and being back at home should certainly provide a boost.

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UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

Being nationally ranked didn’t last long for the Wyoming men’s basketball team.

It can thank Boise State junior guard Jeff Elorriaga for that.

Elorriaga made two 3-pointers in the final minute of the game, including his last at the buzzer to hand UW its first loss of the season, 63-61, at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie Wednesday night.

This game came down to 3-point shooting — for Boise State. It leads the MW at 41.3 percent from 3 as a team. Elorriaga led the league in 3-pointers made (46) and shooting percentage (48.4).

Elorriaga was 6 of 10 from behind the arc and Boise State was 11 of 19 as a team.

Ball game.

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UW-Boise State Q&A

Nick Jezierny of the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise and who covers Boise State men’s basketball answered five questions I had for him about Saturday’s game with Wyoming in Laramie.

Has the injury bug and off-the-court issues settled down some for Boise State to establish some sort of consistency among the starting lineup and rotation? The Broncos are healthy now, meaning that all 12 guys are back in action. But Elorriaga’s finger still is broken, so that’s still a little of an issue. And Hadziomerovic missed so much practice time with a broken foot that he has what he’s called “spaghetti legs” and only is playing for short spurts so far.

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UW-Boise State Q&A

Nick Jezierny covers Boise State men’s basketball for the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise. He answered five questions on Saturday’s game with Wyoming.

As always, I welcome your thoughs and opinions.

Do you think the 77-72 overtime loss Wednesday to No. 12 UNLV will boost the Broncos’ confidence heading into Saturday’s game with Wyoming? More than anything, do you think the team will be tired coming off that overtime game? I would think that taking the No. 12 team in the country to overtime would be a confidence boost. Fatigue is going to be a factor. With only 10 healthy players, and only seven saw extensive minutes against UNLV, there could be some issue there. But this is a team that is well conditioned. What hurts is Wyoming had an extra day to recover from its past game.

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