Boise State vs Oregon Basketball

Boise State guard Justinian Jessup (3) drives on Oregon guard Paul White (13) during the second half of Saturday's game at Taco Bell Arena.

BOISE — The Boise State men’s basketball team will welcome Big West champion UC Irvine to ExtraMile Arena next season as part of a home-and-home series announced Thursday.

UC Irvine, which won 31 games last season and upset No. 4 seed Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, will travel to Boise for a nonconference game on Nov. 15, 2019. The Broncos will make the return trip to Irvine, California, during the 2020-21 season.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to have a 30-win team from last year, a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, on our schedule,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “Similar to Loyola a few years back, this will give us an early opportunity to test our team. It’s a great home game that should excite Bronco Nation.”

It will mark the first time since 2015 when Boise State hosted Oregon that a nonconference team that made the NCAA Tournament the previous year will play the Broncos in Boise.

Both the Broncos and Anteaters have won at least 20 games in six of the past seven seasons.

Boise State will release its full nonconference schedule later this summer, but the Broncos have known games against UNC-Wilmington (Nov. 27th at home), at Pacific (date unknown) and at Oregon (date unknown).

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They also will participate in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii over Christmas along with a field that includes Washington, Houston and Georgia Tech.

BOISE STATE FOOTBALL SIGNS UTAH TRANSFER

The Boise State football team announced the signing of Utah defensive tackle Jackson Cravens on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Cravens redshirted last year at Utah after playing in just one game. He was originally a 3-star recruit from both 247Sports and Rivals out of Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, and had offers from Michigan State, Arizona and Oregon before signing with the in-state Utes.

Cravens will have to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility left in 2020. The Broncos are slated to lose David Moa, Sonatane Lui, Emmanuel Fesili, Matt Locher and Chase Hatada from the defensive line after 2019.

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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