Broncos Home for Saturday Matinee Against Utah State
Jan. 2, 2015

Broncos Home for Saturday Matinee Against Utah State
 
Saturday, Jan. 3 vs Utah State Noon MT
 
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball opens the 2015 portion of its schedule against Utah State Saturday, at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos’ (10-4) first home conference game of the season will tip at noon against the Aggies (8-5).
 
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.
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson
 
TV INFORMATION: The game Saturday will be televised by ROOT Sports. It will be carried on ROOT Sports Northwest and Rocky Mountain and in some parts of the ROOT Sports Southwest territory. In Boise, ROOT Sports Northwest can be found on Cable ONE channels 27 and 431 (HD), DirecTV 687 and Dish Network 426. Other regional channels may be available in sports packages from satellite providers.
Play-by-Play: Drew Goodman
Analyst: Joe Cravens
Sideline: Jenny Cavnar

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies opened MW play with a big win against San José State and have won five of their last six to enter Saturday 8-5 overall. Jalen Moore posted a double-double against the Spartans and leads Utah State with season averages of 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. The Aggies are limiting opponents to 26.3 percent three-point shooting this season. Utah State is being outrebounded by eight per contest and giving up 14.5 offensive rebounds per game.
 
SERIES HISTORY:  Utah State leads the all-time series 29-9. The Aggies and Broncos were conference foes in the Big West and Western Athletic Conference before the rivalry was renewed last season when Utah State joined the Mountain West. The schools split last season’s series with the home team winning each game.
 
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State dropped its conference opener 71-65, Dec. 31, at Colorado State. The Broncos led by 14 early and as many as 10 in the second half, but the Rams rallied to remain unbeaten. Mikey Thompson scored 20 in the loss.
 
HOLDING COURT: Boise State is 54-14 at Taco Bell Arena under head coach Leon Rice, including a 33-2 mark in nonconference games. Boise State has won 33 of its last 39 overall at home.
 
THREE-POINT PROGNOSTICATION: Under Leon Rice, Boise State’s success in the win-loss column can be traced to its three-point shooting. In Rice’s five years, the Broncos are 53-18 when making at least eight three-pointers in a game. They are 34-40 when hitting fewer than eight. This year, the Broncos are 7-1 when making at least eight. In the last two losses Boise State was 6-of-30 (Dec. 23) and 6-of-20 (Dec. 31) from downtown.
 
DRMIC SIDELINED: Boise State senior Anthon Drmic will miss the rest of the year with season-ending ankle surgery. Drmic meets the NCAA criteria to apply for a medical hardship and Boise State will seek a waiver for him to return for the 2015-16 season.
 
70 THE MAGIC NUMBER: Under Leon Rice, Boise State’s recipe for success has been to score 70 points. The Broncos are 72-15 when scoring at least 70, and 15-43 when failing to reach that mark.
 
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS: Boise State went 10-3 in the nonconference portion of its regular-season schedule. The Broncos won five games at home and five away from home (three on neutral courts and two true road games). All three losses came away from home, including two in road contests. It is the fourth-straight season Boise State has won at least 10 regular-season nonconference games, including a school-record 12 during the 2012-13 season.

The Last Meeting
Boise State70
Utah State76
February 8, 2014
Logan, Utah
Broncos Fall to Utah State, 76-70
Preston Medlin scored 19 points and Jarred Shaw added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah State past Boise State 76-70 on Saturday.


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