Ducks And Broncos Not Once But Twice!
Boise State men's basketball will play Oregon twice during the 2018-19 season – first in Eugene, Ore., (Dec. 15) followed by a rematch at Taco Bell Arena exactly two weeks later (Dec. 29). The two games this upcoming season will be part of a larger three-game series, as the Broncos will head back to Matthew Knight Arena and face the Ducks in an additional road game in 2019-20.
"We're thrilled to secure another three-game series with Oregon," said head coach Leon Rice. "The last few years have produced some exceptional games, and we know Coach Altman will have another great team this season."
The two games against the Ducks this coming season represents a unique, but not unprecedented opportunity for Boise State when it comes to facing a Pac-12 foe twice in the same season. The 2015-16 season saw Boise State face Arizona twice, as the first game against the Wildcats was a non-bracketed game a part of the 2015 DirecTV Wooden Legacy while the latter matchup was the third-place game in the tournament a couple weeks later.
Boise State is 2-6 in the all-time series against Oregon, but are winners of two of the last three games. The recent three-game series between the two teams wrapped up this past season as the Blue and Orange claimed the thrilling 73-70 victory, Dec. 1, 2017. Lexus Williams hit a 3-pointer from half-court as time expired, giving UO the loss to snap the then-nation best 46-game home winning streak.
2016 saw Oregon earn the 68-63 win on its home court, but the win was sandwiched by another Bronco victory in 2015. Boise State grabbed the 74-72 result (Dec. 12, 2015) for the first win over Oregon in program history in front of 10,239 fans in Taco Bell Arena.
During Rice's tenure at Boise State the Broncos are 102-21 (82.9 winning percentage) at home, including a 4-0 mark against opponents from the five power conferences. Three of the wins came against Pac-12 members (Utah (2x) and Oregon).
The Broncos and Ducks both made the 2017 National Invitation Tournament with Boise State falling to Washington in the first round and Oregon getting bounced in the second round after a loss to Marquette.