2012-2013 Season Preview: Boise State

Filed under Season Preview on November 7th, 2012
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Boise State basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 11 in Boise against Texas Southern. From game one, the Broncos will attempt to prove that they're just as good or maybe a little better than last season's team. They keep 72% of last season's player minutes and hope to make up the rest with the efforts of five incoming freshmen.

Boise State will see the largest deficiency on defense, where the team lost 35.7% of their shot blocking. Right behind that is three-point shooting, where they drop 33% from last season's numbers.

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Boise State played to a final overall record of 13-16 last season and were 7th in the Mountain West with a conference record of 3-11. The Broncos went on to the Mountain West tournament where they lost to San Diego State, 65-62. Boise State will feel the loss of last year's seniors Westly Perryman (23 minutes per game) and Tre Nichols (12 MPG). The Broncos must also do without Drew Wiley (17 MPG) and Jarrell Crayton (5 MPG), who left the team.

The Broncos get back sophomore Anthony Drmic (12.0 points/game), junior Jeff Elorriaga (1.8 assists/game), sophomore Derrick Marks (2.1 assists/game), senior Kenny Buckner (8.4 points/game), and junior Thomas Bropleh (7.0 points/game).

The Broncos bring on incoming freshmen including 6-3 Mikey Thompson, 6-8 Darrious Hamilton, 6-9 Vukasin Vujovic, 6-7 Joey Nebeker, and 6-9 Edmunds Dukulis. The team also gets 6-8 sophomore Jake Ness.

The Broncos will face six AP preseason Top 25 opponents, including at #14 Michigan State on November 20th, at #16 Creighton on November 28th, and #18 UNLV on February 2nd. The first Mountain West game for Boise State will be on January 9th at Wyoming.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Boise State has an overall winning percentage of 55.4%. The Broncos have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 57.6%.
  • The Broncos have an average conference finish of 4.2 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.0.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 107.5.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Michigan State (#3).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Seattle (#279).
  • Boise State has 6 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.
  • The last time Boise State returned more than 72% of the team's statistical production was 2006-2007.

Tags: Westly Perryman, Tre Nichols, Drew Wiley, Jarrell Crayton, Anthony Drmic, Jeff Elorriaga, Derrick Marks, Kenny Buckner, Thomas Bropleh, Mikey Thompson, Darrious Hamilton, Vukasin Vujovic, Joey Nebeker, Edmunds Dukulis, Jake Ness

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Mountain West Standings

OverallConf
1 San Diego State 31-5 16-2
2 New Mexico 27-7 15-3
3 UNLV 20-13 10-8
3 Nevada 15-17 10-8
 5Boise State 21-13 9-9
5 Wyoming 18-15 9-9
5 Fresno State 21-18 9-9
8 Utah State 18-14 7-11
8 Colorado State 16-16 7-11
10 Air Force 12-18 6-12
11 San Jose State 7-24 1-17
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2013-2014 Roster

#4 Thomas Bropleh Sr G 6-5 203
#3 Anthony Drmic Jr G/F 6-6 196
#21 Edmunds Dukulis So F 6-9 225
#13 Nick Duncan Fr F 6-7 225
#11 Jeff Elorriaga Sr G 6-2 180
#12 I. Hadziomerovic Jr G 6-4 202
#5 Joe Hanstad Jr G 6-4 193
#22 Robert Heyer Sr G/F 6-3 207
#2 Derrick Marks Jr G 6-3 206
#14 Chris Nealey Fr G 6-2 191
#20 Joey Nebeker Fr F 6-7 222
#34 Jake Ness Jr F 6-8 214
#1 Mikey Thompson So G 6-3 167
#25 Dezmyn Trent Fr G 6-4 201
#0 Ryan Watkins Sr F 6-9 229
#23 James Webb III So F 6-8 185