Challenge facing Boise State at IL has added twist with Wacker out

Challenge facing Boise State at IL has added twist with Wacker out

The Boise State men's basketball team will play tomorrow evening in Champaign Illinois for the second round of the NIT. With the win and a new coach, the Broncos are bringing their A-game, according to Head Coach Leon Rice. The Broncos enter Monday's game coming off a 73-68 upset of the Utah Utes, led by starting guard Chandler Hutchison.

"We want to get all our guys clicking on one night".

"I would have said we probably lose by 20", Rice said Saturday.

For more on Boise State, check out SB Nation's One Bronco Nation Under God. Sophomore forward David Wacker, who started 28 games this season, is out for the duration after dislocating his shoulder Tuesday. The over/under total for the game is listed at 145.5 points. "We've had a pretty good luxury all year of not having injuries. We probably aren't where we are if he wasn't able to do that". IL isn't a dominant rebounding team by any stretch, averaging 35.1 per game, 13th in the 14-team Big Ten.

Haney and the 253-pound Jorch have played well at times off the bench. He also pulled down five rebounds and dished three assists. "We will be fighting for our lives no question". Of the 17 games played so far, the lower seed has won 10.

After firing their head coach before the NIT began, IL responded with an impressive 82-57 thrashing of Valpo last week.

He won't coach Monday against the Broncos, but his hire likely will fire up a team that already looked impressive under interim coach Jamall Walker in an 82-57 win over Valparaiso in the first round of the NIT earlier this week.

Maverick Morgan is the only other player averaging in double figures for IL at 10.1 points per game, but Tracy Abrams (8.4 ppg), Leron Black (8.1) and Jalen Coleman-Lands (8.0) all are key contributors.

The night concludes with No. 2 IL playing No. 6 Boise State and No. 4 Colorado State taking on No. 8 CSU Bakersfield.

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