Rice fretting Fresno
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"We know what's going on around us, but we know we've got our hands full playing at Fresno."
If there's one thing Boise State head coach Leon Rice has learned in the Mountain West Conference, it's to never overlook an opponent. Five of the nine basketball teams in the league have been ranked in the top-25 this season. Even the squads at the bottom of the conference pose a problem- including Fresno State.
Boise State's next opponent is 9-16, and just 3-9 in the Mountain West, but the Bulldogs' record doesn't tell the whole story.
Fresno has beaten Wyoming, manhandled UNLV, lost to San Diego State by three, and nearly knocked off New Mexico last week. When the Bulldogs visited the Broncos in January, it took a combined 53 points from Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, as well as a record breaking performance from the free throw line for BSU to pick up a win.
Rice thinks Fresno will be even tougher to beat in their own gym.
"I think they're just getting more confidence," explained Rice.
"They were doing things really well. You saw the game here, we had to go 26 of 26 from the line to beat them. We're going to have to play our best game of the year to compete with them."