2014–15 Boise State Broncos men's basketball team

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2014–15 Boise State Broncos men's basketball
Boise State "B" logo.svg
Mountain West regular season co–champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Mountain West Conference
2014–15 record 25–9 (14–4 MW)
Head coach Leon Rice (5th season)
Assistant coach Jeff Linder
Assistant coach John Rillie
Assistant coach Danny Henderson
Home arena Taco Bell Arena
Seasons
2014–15 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Boise State 14 4   .778     25 9   .735
San Diego State 14 4   .778     27 9   .750
Colorado State 13 5   .722     27 7   .794
Wyoming 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
Utah State 11 7   .611     18 13   .581
Fresno State 10 8   .556     15 17   .469
UNLV 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
New Mexico 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Air Force 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Nevada 5 13   .278     9 22   .290
San Jose State* 0 18   .000     2 28   .067
*Ineligible for postseason play due to APR penalties
2015 MWC Tournament winner

The 2014–15 Boise State Broncos men's basketball team represented Boise State University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Broncos, led by fifth year head coach Leon Rice, played their home games at Taco Bell Arena and were a member of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 25–9, 14–4 in Mountain West play to win a share of the Mountain West regular season championship. They advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament where they lost to Wyoming. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Four to Dayton.

On March 9, the team was ranked #25 in the AP Poll, the first time in the program's history that it was nationally ranked.[1]

Previous season[edit]

The 2013–14 Boise State Broncos finished the season with an overall record of 21–13, 9–9 in the Mountain West to finish in a tie for fifth place. In the Mountain West Conference Tournament, the Broncos defeated San Jose State and Nevada to advance to the semifinals where they lost to New Mexico. They were not invited to the NIT and, citing injuries, choose not to accept an invitation to the CBI or CIT.

Players[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Ryan Watkins 0 F 6'9" 229 Senior Canyon Country, CA Graduated
Thomas Bropleh 4 F 6'5" 203 Senior Denver, CO Graduated
Jeff Elorriaga 11 G 6'2" 180 Senior Portland, OR Graduated
Edmunds Dukulis 21 F 6'9" 225 Sophomore Riga, Latvia Scholarship not renewed
transferred to Saint Leo University
Joey Nebeker 22 F 6'7" 222 RS–Freshman Melba, ID Scholarship not renewed,
transferred to College of Idaho

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Kevin Allen F 6'10" 240 Junior Ecorse, MI Pratt Community College
Montigo Alford G 5'9" 165 Junior Bloomington, CA College of Southern Idaho

Recruiting[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chandler Hutchison
F
Mission Viejo, CA Mission Viejo High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sep 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
David Wacker
F
Converse, TX Judson High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sep 15, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Zach Haney
F
Humble, TX Atascocita High School 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Apr 23, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout:   Rivals:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Boise State Broncos men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Trent, DezmynDezmyn Trent 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 206 lb (93 kg) So Henry Foss HS Tacoma, WA
G 1 Thompson, MikeyMikey Thompson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 179 lb (81 kg) RS Jr Canyon Springs HS North Las Vegas, NV
G 2 Marks, DerrickDerrick Marks 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Plainfield Central HS Chicago, IL
G/F 3 Drmic, AnthonyAnthony Drmic Injured Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Sr Australian Institute of Sport Endeavour Hills, AUS
F 4 Allen, KevinKevin Allen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Pratt CC Ecorse, MI
G 5 Hanstad, JoeJoe Hanstad 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Sr Dickinson HS Dickinson, ND
F 11 Haney, ZachZach Haney Current redshirt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Fr Atascocita HS Humble, TX
G 12 Hadziomerovic, IgorIgor Hadziomerovic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Sr Australian Institute of Sport Melbourne, AUS
F 13 Duncan, NicholasNicholas Duncan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Australian Institute of Sport Sydney, AUS
G 14 Nealey, ChrisChris Nealey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS Fr Mater Dei HS Newport Beach, CA
F 15 Hutchison, ChandlerChandler Hutchison 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Mission Viejo HS Mission Viejo, CA
G 21 Alford, MontigoMontigo Alford 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 164 lb (74 kg) Jr CSI Bloomington, CA
G/F 22 Heyer, RobRob Heyer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 206 lb (93 kg) RS Sr Texas-Permian Basian Worland, WY
F 23 Webb III, JamesJames Webb III 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS So North Idaho College Augusta, GA
C 33 Wacker, DavidDavid Wacker 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Fr Judson HS Converse, TX
F 34 Ness, JakeJake Ness 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Billings West HS Coeur d'Alene, ID
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Boise State vs. San Diego State on 2/8/15 with an attendance of 10,511.

Schedule[edit]

[2]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1*
6:00 pm
La Verne W 92–60 
Taco Bell Arena (3,540)
Boise, ID
Nov 7*
8:00 pm
Montana Tech W 103–63 
Taco Bell Arena (4,155)
Boise, ID
Regular Season
Nov 14*
4:30 pm
vs. San Diego
LMU Classic
W 81–75  1–0
Gersten Pavilion (1,362)
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 15*
6:00 pm
at Loyola Marymount
LMU Classic
W 77–69  2–0
Gersten Pavilion (1,326)
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 18*
8:00 pm
Montana W 72–67 2OT 3–0
Taco Bell Arena (4,535)
Boise, ID
Nov 22*
8:00 pm, BTN
at No. 3 Wisconsin L 54–78  3–1
Kohl Center (17,279)
Madision, WI
Nov 25*
7:00 pm, 24/7
vs. Idaho W 86–75  4–1
CenturyLink Arena (5,672)
Boise, ID
Nov 28*
5:00 pm, ESPN3
at NC State L 54–60  4–2
PNC Arena (15,439)
Raleigh, NC
Dec 6*
9:30 pm, ESPNU
at Saint Mary's W 82–71  5–2
McKeon Pavilion (3,008)
Moraga, CA
Dec 9*
7:00 pm
Adams State W 78–49  6–2
Taco Bell Arena (3,452)
Boise, ID
Dec 11*
7:00 pm
Northwest Nazarene W 91–51  7–2
Taco Bell Arena (3,558)
Boise, ID
Dec 14*
4:30 pm
Southern Utah
Las Vegas Classic
W 79–60  8–2
Taco Bell Arena (3,995)
Boise, ID
Dec 20*
11:00 am
Abilene Christian
Las Vegas Classic
W 77–33  9–2
Taco Bell Arena (3,083)
Boise, ID
Dec 22*
8:30 pm
vs. Houston
Las Vegas Classic semifinals
W 75–73 OT 10–2
Orleans Arena (N/A)
Paradise, NV
Dec 23*
9:30 pm, FS1
vs. Loyola–Chicago
Las Vegas Classic championship
L 45–48  10–3
Orleans Arena (N/A)
Paradise, NV
Dec 31
7:00 pm, RTNW
at No. 24 Colorado State L 65–71  10–4 (0–1)
Moby Arena (5,115)
Fort Collins, CO
Jan 3
12:00 pm, RTNW
Utah State L 61–62  10–5 (0–2)
Taco Bell Arena (5,415)
Boise, ID
Jan 10
4:00 pm, CBSSN
at Wyoming L 54–65  10–6 (0–3)
Arena-Auditorium (7,024)
Laramie, WY
Jan 13
9:00 pm, ESPNU
UNLV W 82–73 OT 11–6 (1–3)
Taco Bell Arena (4,387)
Boise, ID
Jan 18
4:00 pm, CBSSN
at New Mexico W 69–59  12–6 (2–3)
The Pit (15,206)
Albuquerque, NM
Jan 21
8:00 pm, RTNW
San Jose State W 86–36  13–6 (3–3)
Taco Bell Arena (4,219)
Boise, ID
Jan 24
12:00 pm, RTNW
at Air Force W 77–68  14–6 (4–3)
Clune Arena (1,647)
Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27
9:00 pm, ESPNU
Colorado State W 82–78  15–6 (5–3)
Taco Bell Arena (5,682)
Boise, ID
Feb 3
7:30 pm, CBSSN
at Utah State W 68–63  16–6 (6–3)
Smith Spectrum (9,378)
Logan, UT
Feb 8
4:00 pm, CBSSN
San Diego State W 61–46  17–6 (7–3)
Taco Bell Arena (10,511)
Boise, ID
Feb 11
7:00 pm
Air Force W 67–42  18–6 (8–3)
Taco Bell Arena (6,778)
Boise, ID
Feb 14
5:00 pm, ESPN3
at Fresno State L 64–70  18–7 (8–4)
Save Mart Center (6,553)
Fresno, CA
Feb 18
9:00 pm, CBSSN
at UNLV W 53–48  19–7 (9–4)
Thomas & Mack Center (13,675)
Paradise, NV
Feb 21
1:00 pm, MWN
Nevada W 78–46  20–7 (10–4)
Taco Bell Arena (8,929)
Boise, ID
Feb 24
9:00 pm, ESPNU
New Mexico W 76–65  21–7 (11–4)
Taco Bell Arena (4,991)
Boise, ID
Feb 28
6:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 24 San Diego State W 56–46  22–7 (12–4)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
Mar 4
8:30 pm, RTNW
at San Jose State W 68–51  23–7 (13–4)
Event Center Arena (1,088)
San Jose, CA
Mar 7
6:00 pm, ESPN3
Fresno State W 71–52  24–7 (14–4)
Taco Bell Arena (11,308)
Boise, ID
Mountain West Tournament
Mar 12
1:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 25 vs. Air Force
Quarterfinals
W 80–68  25–7
Thomas & Mack Center (7,308)
Paradise, NV
Mar 13
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 25 vs. Wyoming
Semifinals
L 66–71 OT 25–8
Thomas & Mack Center (9,199)
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
Mar 18
7:10 pm, truTV
(11 E) at (11 E) Dayton
First Four
L 55–56  25–9
UD Arena (12,592)
Dayton, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region.
All times are in Mountain Time.

Season highs[edit]

Category Amount Player Game
Points 31 Derrick Marks vs. Idaho 11/25/14, vs. Utah State 01/03/15, @ New Mexico 01/18/15 and @ Fresno State 02/14/15
Rebounds 15 James Webb III vs. UNLV 01/10/15 and vs. Air Force 02/11/15
Assists 7 Derrick Marks @ NC State 11/28/14 and vs. Nevada 02/21/15
Steals 5 James Webb III vs. Air Force 02/11/15
Blocks 3 Nick Duncan, James Webb III, Chandler Hutchison Duncan vs. Montana 11/18/14, Webb vs. Utah State 01/03/15, Hutchison @ UNLV 2/18/15

Season statistics[edit]

Individual Player Statistics (As of 3/11/15 with stats through the game vs. Fresno State on 3/7/15)
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
Alford, Montigo 27 0 322 11.9 108 4.0 39 99 .394 16 39 .410 14 24 .583 1 25 26 1.0 35 29 4 12
Allen, Kevin 20 3 163 8.2 74 3.7 30 47 .638 0 0 .000 14 23 .609 10 26 36 1.8 1 11 1 2
Drmic, Anthony 7 7 248 35.4 105 15.0 33 77 .429 16 43 .372 23 30 .767 7 28 35 5.0 11 9 0 5
Duncan, Nick 29 28 889 30.7 266 9.2 86 216 .398 66 172 .384 28 33 .848 23 77 100 3.4 26 23 13 16
Hadziomerovic, Igor 30 16 711 23.7 146 4.9 52 109 .477 15 34 .441 27 45 .600 22 74 96 3.2 82 48 6 15
Hanstad, Joe 20 4 207 10.4 43 2.2 15 42 .357 9 29 .310 4 7 .571 2 16 18 0.9 15 6 1 4
Hutchison, Chandler 26 15 292 11.2 73 2.8 25 79 .316 3 13 .231 20 31 .645 19 31 50 1.9 18 12 4 11
Hyer, Rob 31 5 627 20.2 137 4.4 46 93 .495 18 48 .375 27 32 .844 38 59 97 3.1 24 18 7 14
Marks, Derrick 29 29 902 31.1 568 19.6 210 415 .506 64 139 .460 84 105 .800 12 93 105 3.6 88 61 14 54
Nealey, Chris 7 0 19 2.7 2 0.3 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 0 1 1 0.1 1 1 0 3
Ness, Jake 19 0 86 4.5 7 0.4 2 5 .400 0 2 .000 3 4 .750 2 12 14 0.7 2 3 1 2
Thompson, Mikey 28 20 710 25.4 225 8.0 63 170 .371 11 38 .289 88 113 .779 13 53 66 2.4 54 43 0 15
Trent, Dezmyn 11 0 99 9.0 39 3.5 13 37 .351 7 21 .333 6 10 .600 5 19 25 2.2 0 7 1 2
Wacker, David 27 4 253 9.4 62 2.3 21 47 .447 0 1 .000 20 30 .667 15 26 41 1.5 5 12 4 0
Webb III, James 29 24 772 26.6 334 11.5 127 224 .567 44 103 .427 36 56 .643 55 172 227 7.8 15 27 18 33
Team 46 48 94 3.0 3
Total 31 6300 2189 70.6 762 1661 0.459 269 683 0.394 396 545 0.727 270 760 1030 33.2 377 313 74 188
Opponents 31 6300 1850 59.7 662 1617 0.409 178 582 0.306 348 500 0.696 265 686 951 30.7 320 387 102 146
Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals

Season milestones & awards[edit]

The 2014–15 season saw several firsts and records. The 14 conference wins is the most conference wins in school history. Their eight-game conference winning streak set a school record for consecutive conference wins. On March 9, the Broncos were ranked #25 in the AP poll marking the first time the program had ever been ranked in a major poll. Leon Rice was named the USBWA District VIII coach of the year and Derrick Marks was named to the all-district team.[3]

MW awards[4][edit]

Player of the year: Derrick Marks

Newcomer of the year: James Webb III

Coach of the year: Leon Rice

Mountain West 1st team: Derrick Marks

Mountain West 2nd team: James Webb III

References[edit]