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Boise State hoops opens the season at No. 35 in USA Today Coaches Poll

The Boise State men’s basketball team picked up 11 points in the initial USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Thursday.

The Broncos are coming off a season in which they finished 21-11 and earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid in program history.

Boise State is one of three Mountain West schools that were received votes. No. 20 New Mexico led the way with 153 points. UNLV - who was picked to finished in a tie for second with the Broncos in the MW preseason coaches poll - received one vote.

The Broncos open up their season with an exhibition against Lewis-Clark State on Nov. 1 at Taco Bell Arena. One week later they will host their first official game against UT Arlington on Nov. 8.

USA Today Coaches Poll
1. *Kentucky (16), 21-12, 767
2. Michigan State (3), 27-9, 749
3. Louisville (10), 35-5, 741
4. Duke (3), 30-6, 710
5. Arizona, 27-8, 637
6. Kansas, 31-6, 623
7. Syracuse, 30-10, 551
8. Florida, 29-8, 550
9. Michigan, 31-8, 548
10. Ohio State, 29-8, 533
11. North Carolina, 25-11, 494
12. Oklahoma State, 24-9, 462
13. Memphis, 31-5, 334
14. Gonzaga, 32-3, 270
15. Virginia Commonwealth, 27-9, 258
16. Wichita State, 30-9, 233
17. Marquette, 26-9, 230
18. Oregon, 28-9, 175
19. Connecticut, 20-10, 167
20. *New Mexico, 29-6, 153
21. Wisconsin, 23-12, 148
22. Notre Dame, 25-10, 128
23. UCLA, 25-10, 121
24. Indiana, 29-7, 118
25. Virginia, 23-12, 103

Receiving votes: Baylor (23-14) 102, Colorado (21-12) 93, Creighton (28-8) 87, Iowa (25-13) 86, Tennessee (20-13) 73, Georgetown (25-7) 38, Harvard (20-10) 28, Pittsburgh (24-9) 23, California (21-12) 16, Boise State (21-11) 11, Saint Louis (28-7) 8, La Salle (24-10) 7, Temple (24-10) 4, Missouri (23-11) 4, Villanova (20-14) 4, Kansas State (27-8) 3, LSU (19-12) 2, Iowa State (23-12) 2, Arizona State (22-13) 2, Illinois (23-13) 2, Georgia (15-17) 1, *UNLV (25-10) 1

*2013-14 Boise State opponent

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The Broncos will travel to Rupp Arena to face Kentucky on Dec. 10. Despite missing the NCAA Tournament and finishing 21-12 in 2012, the Wildcats were picked No. 1 overall by the coaches.

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)