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For those who still haven't caught onto the program head coach Leon Rice has turned around in the 2012-13 season, you have missed out on some great basketball.
Boise State began the season with a 13-2 record that included a 13-point win at Creighton, and the Broncos took Michigan State down to the wire in East Lansing. The Broncos average 76.7 points per game (29th in NCAA) and shoot the rock efficiently at 47 percent (28th in NCAA).
On top of that, Boise State ranks 20th in the NCAA in three-pointers made at 8.4 per game and ranks sixth in three-point percentage at 40.9 percent.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, they are facing a similar problem like the Washington Huskies. Boise State has dropped three of its last four, and defense has been the issue. The Broncos gave up 91 points in their loss to Air Force and took a 16-point loss at Nevada. While Boise State does play at a fast pace, they still have been giving up way too many easy looks inside.
The Broncos now play at Colorado State, come back home for UNLV and then travel to San Diego State. The Rams are undefeated at home and the Aztecs' only home loss was to the Rebels.
This is a daunting stretch of games for Boise State considering its defensive problems as of late.
One thing helping the Broncos is that the Mountain West is the second-ranked conference in the RPI. New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV continue to play great basketball, while teams like Colorado State, Air Force and Wyoming have proved to be teams to contend with in the conference.
However, if Boise State finishes in the bottom half of a conference with only nine teams, it's going to be difficult to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. This could be a year in the Mountain West where the teams beat up on each other, but it seems that Boise State isn't a complete enough team to finish in the upper half of the conference.