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Game facts

  • Time: December 28th, 2022, 8:00 PM MST
  • Location: Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NV
  • Southwest Flights to Reno: Nonexistent
  • Odds: UNR by 2
  • TV: Nevada Sports Net
  • Radio: 670 KBOI
  • Commentators: Kelly “Nevada Homer” Shannon and Keith “Nevada Homer” Fuetsch

Exciting Facts

1. Conference Play Begins

Someone commented “it’s anyone’s conference” and it’s hard to disagree with standings like this. In all seriousness, this is where the fun begins. All dreams of March begin their realization tonight.


Offense took an early vacation against Santa Clara, so this decision could be a big one. He is needed.

3. Get Ready for January

Broncos need all the momentum they can get heading into a tough January slate. I know I certainly wouldn’t mind another outright title.


Boise State – Lost 1

UNR – Won 2

Player to Watch

Kenan Blackshear, G

The 6’6 senior is averaging 14-5-5 on almost 45% shooting. Would be worth our while to keep him from doing..that.

Key to victory

  • Offensive Consistency: It’s extraordinarily painful living and dying by the three. Defense is stout, but finding ways to get easy buckets will be paramount, with or without Shaver.

Score prediction

It’s gonna be tough, but I feel pretty good about this one. Broncos settle in after a shaky start and maintain a slight lead to the end.

Boise State 65, UNR 60