Broncos prepare for LSU, Dukulis ineligible for season

Broncos prepare for LSU, Dukulis ineligible for season
Boise State will host a men's basketball team from the SEC for the first time in school history on Friday, with a chance to avenge the 64-45 loss in Baton Rouge last season.

In that game, the bigger Tigers bullied Boise State around in the paint, with 34 points and 40 rebounds.

Sophomore Derrick Marks, who led the Broncos that night with 12 points, called the game a year ago one he'd like to forget.

"It's also a learning experience," he said. "We didn't box-out too well and it was one of those games where we have to box-out to even be in it."

As an undersized team, rebounding has been a point of emphasis all season for the 6-2 Broncos. So far, the team has out-rebounded opponents by an average of more than two per game.

"If we don't play on the edge every night rebounding-wise, we're in trouble," head coach Leon Rice said Thursday. He added that protecting the basketball would be a key to success against LSU.

"Seton Hall had [LSU] down 16, and they end up coming back and winning with their defense," Rice said of the Tigers. "That's a little unnerving when a team can do that to a Big East team."

Un-ranked Louisiana State is 6-0, and will play its first road game of the year against the Broncos.

Boise State has sold more than ten thousand tickets and is encouraging fans to arrive early to deal with limited parking due to Potato Bowl setup, plus expected long lines at will-call and Taco Bell Arena entrances.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with tip-off at 7 p.m.

Dukulis Ruled Ineligible

Boise State said Thursday that the NCAA has ruled freshman forward Edmunds Dukulis ineligible for the 2012-2013 season.

The NCAA allows players to compete for a year between graduating school in a foreign country and enrolling in an NCAA institution, but a Boise State spokesman said Dukulis - from Latvia - played beyond that mark and was ruled ineligible.

Dukulis was a member of Latvia's national under-19 team in 2011, which finished tenth at the World Championships that year. His eligibility will return next season as a sophomore.