| February 23, 2018

Men's basketball

Men’s Basketball Preview: A familiar feeling
February 21, 2018

Idaho men’s basketball may be met with an acute sense of deja vu come Saturday when it takes on Weber State in Ogden, Utah. The Wildcats show resemblance to the Vandals’ opponent last Saturday in Montana, considering their heavy-handed offensive attack, complimented by an exceptional defense. Weber State (19-7, BSC 12-2) even has a near-model……

Opinion: Secret Stuff
February 16, 2018

For too large a lump of the Vandal men’s 88-78 win over Montana State Thursday night in the Cowan Spectrum, Idaho aptly paralleled a sailor without his spinach, or the Looney Tunes without their “secret stuff.” The Vandals never fell behind by double-digits, and came back to win by 10 points, but there were moments……

Men’s Basketball: A perfect month
February 16, 2018

The Vandals continue to make February their month, improving to a perfect 4-0 after a 88-78 win over Montana State. The Vandals got on the board first, but the Bobcats made it clear throughout the half that they were not going to let the home team run away with the win. Montana State slipped ahead……

Staff Predictions: Idaho vs. Montana 2/17/18
February 14, 2018

  Meredith Spelbring, Idaho- 70, Montana- 68 What is a little college basketball without a good upset? On paper, the two teams are neck-in-neck. It could easily be anyone’s game on any given day, but the home court advantage has proven to be quite an advantage for the Vandals in recent weeks and this week……

Opinion: Hollywood nights
February 12, 2018

What are the major components of a rivalry? Perhaps it’s the bitterness — pure disdain between squads. It could simply be proximity, or maybe a parallel between talent on teams which exhibit hard-fought skirmishes in contested bouts. Likely, it’s the pure, comprehensive, human-desired factor of drama. While Idaho’s 66-64 defeat of Eastern Washington in the……

Staff Predictions: Idaho vs. Eastern Washington 2/9/18
February 7, 2018

  Meredith Spelbring, Idaho- 67, Eastern Washington- 62 An Idaho – Eastern Washington matchup never fails to bring the excitement, but this trip out, the Vandals will defend their home court and beyond. A big home crowd and three-game win streak will keep Idaho rolling – rolling right through the Eagles.        ……

Men’s Basketball Preview: A rivalry brewing
February 7, 2018

Idaho men’s basketball is thriving as of late. Next in the sights is a rivalry game with a team Idaho is all too familiar with. The Vandals are preparing for the second battle of the year with the Eastern Washington Eagles, a team the Vandals not only consider a conference rival, but a regional rival……

Men’s Basketball: Bee Repellent
February 4, 2018

An all-around performance, led by senior guard Perrion Callandret’s high-percentage shooting off the bench, propelled the Vandal men to an 81-58 drubbing of Sacramento State Saturday night in the Hornets’ Nest. Callandret dropped a season-high 23 points and Idaho (16-7, BSC 8-3) led for all but 37 seconds. The Vandals shot 54 percent from the……

Opinion: Revising the history books
February 3, 2018

The biannual battle of the ancient warriors foretold a positive omen for the visiting Vandals. In its authoritative, 97-88 win over Portland State, Idaho retained its deterring defense but rewrote the history books on the other side of the ball and asserted itself as the top-dog rover-warrior. Like its mascot’s ancient ancestors, the Germanic Vandals,……

Men’s Basketball: Rematch gone right
February 2, 2018

Another successful rematch is in the books for the Vandals. Idaho avenged the Vikings on the road, winning 97-88 Thursday night. “We did a couple things really, really well tonight,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said in a news release. “I thought we played selfless basketball tonight.  They really did a nice job of passing……

Men’s Basketball: Botched rematch
January 25, 2018

Idaho came up short against Northern Colorado Thursday for the second time this season, falling 80-63 in the Cowan Spectrum. “They are a good team,” Verlin said. “We knew they are a good team, they beat us a month ago but you know, there are standards in this program about how hard you play and……

Men’s Basketball Preview: The stats point home
January 24, 2018

The North Dakota of 2016-17 is almost completely detached from the Fighting Hawks of today. Thus far, the course has been choppy and disappointing for UND. The once-proud, 22-10, conference reigning Hawks have taken a major statistical tumble since winning their first Big Sky title last season. The lack of an imposing under-the-rim presence has……

Staff Predictions: Idaho vs. North Dakota 1/27/18
January 24, 2018

Meredith Spelbring, Idaho – 79, North Dakota – 65 Momentum is everything at this point in the season and right now the Vandals have that edge. The reigning Big Sky champs do not have the grit they once did. Idaho will come into the game ready to win and continue its hot streak on the……

Opinion: The Big Three Rise
January 21, 2018

Another day, another game too close for comfort for the Vandals and their fans. Based on the spurts of consistent offense the Lumberjacks exhibited, especially from beyond the arc, Idaho may have had some questions to answer if it wasn’t for an 84-80 win Saturday night over Northern Arizona. The possibility of an uproar of……

Men’s Basketball: Road Game Revels
January 21, 2018

Idaho men’s basketball continued its hot streak against Northern Arizona, chopping down the Lumberjacks 84-80 on the road Saturday night. The Vandals’ take down of NAU pushed its winning streak out to three games, all of which were on the road. “I’m proud of our team,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said in a news……

Men’s Basketball: A Thunderbird Scare
January 19, 2018

The Idaho men’s basketball hit the road Thursday and found a way to win at Southern Utah, taking down the Thunderbirds 80-76. “I thought we had a number of guys step up and have really good games,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said in a news release. “I thought BJ Blake was probably as good as……

Men’s Basketball Preview: Vandal uprise
January 17, 2018

A ferocious men’s basketball team got a much-needed comeback win against EWU last Friday and looks to keep the momentum rolling against Northern Arizona Saturday night. Idaho comes into the game as one of the best teams in the Big Sky Conference with Northern Arizona hanging out at dead last. In what seems like an……

Staff Predictions 1/12/2018: Idaho vs. Eastern Washington
January 12, 2018

Savannah Cardon, Idaho- 76, Eastern Washington- 73 Although the Eagles have seen success so far in 2018, the home team will be taken down by the Vandals in a close rivalry game. Hailey Stewart, Eastern Washington- 84, Idaho- 68 The Vandals will fall short of a win on the road against Eastern Washington. The Eagles……

Men’s Basketball: Beaten at the Buzzer
January 7, 2018

The Vandals came out on the wrong end of another nail-biter on Saturday night. Two days after winning a one point game, Idaho lost to Portland State by a score of 73-72. The game featured 15 lead changes, and neither team could muster a lead larger than five points. “The teams slugged it out for……

Opinion: Season of Giving
January 6, 2018

Just hours after Idaho Central Credit Union bestowed $10 million for naming rights toward Idaho’s impending new basketball arena, both Idaho men’s basketball and Sacramento State appeared to still be in the giving mood, exchanging the edge in what could be described as a game of advantage hot-potato. It was a contest full of interchanging……

Men’s Basketball: Rollercoaster Comeback
January 5, 2018

Idaho fans got more entertainment than they bargained for on Thursday night. In a game that featured multiple double-digit runs, The Vandals persevered through a back and forth second half to take a 69-68 win against Sacramento State. Idaho came into the game heavily favored by ESPN’s win probability model, and they looked the part……

Men’s Basketball: New Year’s Woes
January 2, 2018

The Idaho Vandal men’s basketball team suffered a tough 81-77 loss to Northern Colorado on New Year’s Eve. The Vandals suffered their third loss on the road this season against the Northern Colorado Bears, handing Idaho its first loss in Big Sky conference play. It was not a fast start for either teams to begin……

Men’s Basketball: Taking down the Champs
December 31, 2017

Idaho men’s basketball opened conference play with a dominating win over the defending Big Sky Champions Friday night in Grand Forks, taking down North Dakota 74-57. “We were excellent defensively tonight, I couldn’t be prouder of our guys,” Idaho head coach Don Verlin said in a news release.  “We came in here and did what……

Men’s Basketball: Boise Blues
December 22, 2017

The Vandals’ promising start to winter break took a turn for the worse on Thursday. Idaho lost to UC Irvine 67-59, snapping a two-game win streak. The normally sharp-shooting Vandals could not get any sort of rhythm going, and their off night shooting the ball sank the team’s chances of recording their first win at……