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5 Keys

Steady, mature Barone

Preseason all-WAC center Kyle Barone was suspended for much of the preseason. He’ll need to be a force in the block.

Finding a fit at PG

Mike McChristian slides into the starting role occupied by Landon Tatum. He’s bigger and more physical, but he needs to improve his ballhandling.

Developing third scorer

Barone and Stephen Madison are proven weapons. Who else will step up? Best guesses: Connor Hill, Antwan Scott and Marcus Bell.

Nonconference schedule

With games at New Mexico, UTEP and WSU, this is Idaho’s best – and most formidable – slate in Verlin’s five years at UI.

Fewer post fouls

Beyond Barone and Wendell Faines, UI has little experience on the low block. Newcomer Bell has impressed with his rebounding skills.

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