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Leon Rice

Boise State coach Leon Rice watches during the second half of his team’68-63 loss at San Jose State on Saturday.

BOISE — The Boise State men’s basketball team plays San Diego State on Saturday night in one of its marquee home games of the season.

It’s perhaps Broncos fans’ best chance to deliver on coach Leon Rice’s challenge to sell out Taco Bell Arena. He said last month he would “wade across” the Boise River if the Broncos played in front of a packed house this season.

Ticket sales already were strong for Saturday’s game (8 p.m., ESPN2) — and Rice surely sparked more sales Wednesday with a Twitter post featuring him “training” for his chilly moment in the river in a cold tub.

The river has ranged from 37 to 42 degrees this month.

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