This Week In Boise State Basketball: 1/30/2023
Two Games This Week For Boise State
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Boise State Is On A Roll
Boise State stayed hot with a 59-52 road win over Air Force on Tuesday.
The win gave Boise State an 18-5 record and the Broncos have won three games in a row. Boise State won eight of its last nine games. In that nine-game stretch, the Broncos’ lone loss came against New Mexico on Jan. 20.
Since the loss to New Mexico, Boise State rattled off three straight over Fresno State, Colorado State, and Air Force. The win over Air Force possibly came at a cost for the Broncos. Marcus Shaver and Naje Smith left the game with separate injuries.
The extent of the injuries were unknown, but it could impact Boise State’s season moving forward. If Boise State has to play without Smith and Shaver, it would be a blow to the offensive and defensive sides of the court.
Even with the injury against the Falcons, Shaver managed to record 12 points and five rebounds in 31 minutes. Max Rice had a game-high of 22 points. Shaver was the only other Bronco in double figures.
Boise State has been one of the hottest teams in the Mountain West and are in a position to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. If Shaver and Smith miss a significant amount of time in the final month, it could hurt Boise State’s NCAA Tournament hopes.
Boise State will look to have a healthy squad against No. 22 San Diego State on Friday. That game could have serious conference implications for both teams.