BOISE -- The Boise State men's basketball team will enter Wednesday night's Western Athletic Conference opener at home against Louisiana Tech with a 7-5 record, but don't tell that to the players or head coach Leon Rice.
"We are 0-0," said head coach Leon Rice. "Conference is like a second season."
Rice doesn't want his players to forget about the first twelve games of this season, but he knows their success in conference play is going to play a much larger role in how their season turns out.
Rice also believe a big part of their success will depend on how they defend their home court.
"To be a good program you have to establish home court," said Rice. "It starts there and if you don't have a good homecourt advantage and you don't play well at home you're going to be in trouble."
Getting off to a good start in WAC play will be just as important. The Broncos were 9-5 before league play started last year and they lost their first 7 conference games and never recovered.
"Last year we got off to a tough start in the WAC," said senior forward Daequon Montreal. "We feel like the WAC is wide open this year and we feel like we can go in there and make some noise this year. So we look forward to getting off to a good start this weekend."
The Broncos will take on Louisiana Tech to begin conference play on Wednesday, at 8:15, and they'll host New Mexico State on Friday.
The Aggies are one of the early season favorites to win the conference following their run to the NCAA Tournament last spring, but they have been hampered in the early part of the season by injuries.
Also on Wednesday night, the Bronco women will host Saint Mary's at 6pm in the first of a basketball double-header at Taco Bell Arena.