Broncos Look for Nonconference Wins Record
DATE: Saturday; Jan. 5, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will play its final nonconference game of the 2012-13 season, hosting Walla Walla Saturday (Jan. 5). The Broncos (11-2) and Wolves (2-18) are slated to tip at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS: At 11-2, Boise State is off to its best start since 1994-95, when the team also began the season 11-2.
Additionally, the Broncos’ 11 wins this season have tied the school record (1986-87) for regular-season nonconference victories.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game 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
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos and Wolves have not previously met prior to this season.
RANKINGS: The Broncos received voted in the Associated Press Poll following their road victory over Creighton. Although the Broncos are not currently receiving votes in either poll, Boise State is highly-ranked by a number of different outlets (as of Jan. 3): 26th in Jeff Sagarin’s NCAA basketball ratings, 30th in CBSSports.com’s RPI and 31st by both RealTimeRPI and ESPN.com.
Additionally, Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com had the Broncos as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament in his first projections of the season (Dec. 27).
POSTING LEADS: Boise State has led wire-to-wire in each of its last three games, and has not trailed an opponent since Dec. 20, when there were 12-minutes, 14-seconds on the clock in the second half against Idaho - a span of 132:13.
SCORING LEADERS: Last season the Broncos had 10 different players lead the team in scoring. But in 2012-13, just three players have led the Broncos: Derrick Marks (six games), Anthony Drmic (five games) and Jeff Elorriaga (twice).
LAST THREE GAMES: The Broncos are holding opponents to just 32.1 percent shooting the last three games (54-of-168), including 19.3 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-57). Opponents are averaging just 48.7 points per game during that stretch, while the Broncos are scoring nearly 80 points per game (78.7). Boise State is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor (87-of-177), including a 43.1 percent clip from 3-point range (31-of-72).
PERFECT AT HOME: Boise State is 6-0 at home for the second-straight year. The Broncos won their first nine games at Taco Bell Arena in 2011-12.
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