Broncos Host Bulldogs to Open MW Play
Jan. 2, 2014
What: Boise State vs. Fresno State
When: Saturday, Jan. 4 | 7 p.m. (MT)
Where: Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena
THE GAME: Boise State (10-3) opens its 2014 Mountain West slate at home against Fresno State (7-7), Saturday Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. (MT). The Bulldogs began conference play Wednesday, falling to UNLV.
TV INFORMATION: The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State's games will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI (670 AM) serving as the flagship station. The broadcast will also be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads 18-15. The Broncos have won six of the last seven meetings, including a 5-1 mark under Leon Rice. Boise State has won its last nine home games in the series, with the last loss coming Jan. 15, 2004. The Broncos hold a 16-9 edge while playing as conference foes, including a 3-0 mark in conference tournament games.
1,000-POINT CLUB: Derrick Marks is two points shy of becoming the 24th member of Boise State's 1,000-point club. Fellow junior Anthony Drmic hit the milestone earlier this season in the 65th game of his career (Nov. 23, at New Orleans). Saturday will be the 75th game of Marks' career. He is looking to become just the seventh Bronco to reach 1,000 career points as a junior. It would be the fifth time in school history two Broncos surpassed the plateau in the same season. It has never been done by two juniors in the same season.
SCORING LEADER: Anthony Drmic was Boise State's leading scorer as a freshman (12.0 ppg) and sophomore (17.7 ppg). As a junior Drmic (19.5 ppg) is again leading the team. His career scoring average of 15.7 ppg ranks No. 22 among active players in the NCAA. Tanoka Beard (1990-93) and Abe Jackson (2000-02) are the only Broncos in school history to lead the team in scoring three seasons. Beard is the only four-time scoring leader.
TIME TO SHINE: Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks were named second-team All-MW last season based on their play during conference games. Drmic averaged 18.8 points per game in MW play to lead the conference. His 301 points are the most scored by a sophomore in conference-only games in MW histroy. With the conference schedule including an all-time high 18 games, more such records could fall this season. Marks averaged 16.5 points per conference game while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor.
HITTING A HUNDRED: Boise State scored at least 100 points in three of its first four games. Bose State has only hit triple digits four times in a season once (1974-75). The Broncos have scored at least 100 points 33 times in school history, eight of which have come under Leon Rice.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Five Broncos are socring at least nine points per game. Anthony Drmic leads the way at 19.5 points per game and is joined in double figures by Derrick Marks (16.3), Jeff Elorriaga (11.4). Ryan Watkins (9.6) and Mikey Thompson (9.3) are just behind.
A CONSISTENT 20: Anthony Drmic has hit the 20-point plateau 25 times in his career, including four of the first five games this season. Drmic scored at least 20 points in seven of the last eight games last season.
THIEVERY: Boise State is averaging 8.0 steals per game, second in the MW. Derrick Marks (2.0 spg) and Anthony Drmic (2.0 spg), are tied for first individually in the conference. The Broncos have turned those extra possessions into points on a consistent basis, outscoring opponents 216-101 on points off turnovers this season. Boise State is averaging 1.16 points per possession that stems from an opponent turnover.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK: Boise State forces opponents into 14.4 turnovers per game and ranks 18th in the country in turnover margin (+4.2). The Broncos' steady guard play is led by senior Jeff Elorriaga. In 381 minutes across nine games this season, Elorriaga has turned the ball over just six times. Last season, he commited just 19 turnovers in 982 minutes on the floor, less than one turnover every 50 minutes. Junior Igor Hadziomerovic has the highest assist:turnover ratio among the starting five at 2.27.
MW ACTIVE SCORING LEADERS: Boise State junior Anthony Drmic (1,147) and New Mexico senior Kendall Williams (1,492) are the only active MW players to score 1,000 points as a conference member. Bronco junior Derrick Marks is two points away from joining that club and is the third-leading active scorer as a MW student-athlete. Nevada senior Deonte Burton (1,770) and San Diego State senior Josh Davis (1,141) also have 1,000 career points, including their time in other conferences. Drmic became the 64th MW student-athlete to break the 1,000-point barrier and Marks is looking to become the 65th.
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