Broncos Open MW Play at No. 25 Wyoming
DATE: Wednesday; Jan. 9, 2013
TIME: 8 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Laramie, Wyo. (Arena-Auditorium; 15,000)
TV: ROOT SPORTS
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team opens Mountain West Conference play this week, traveling to face No. 25 Wyoming Wednesday (Jan. 9).
Tip between the Broncos (12-2) and Cowboys (13-0) is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo., and the game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
The undefeated Cowboys are one of the nation’s final four undefeated teams.
TV INFORMATION: Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain, available on DIRECTV (683) and DISH Network (414).
Play-by-Play: Drew Goodman
Analyst: Joe Cravens
Sidelines: Jenny Cavnar
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: Boise State trails Wyoming 5-10 in the all-time series, including a mark of 1-7 on the road. The Broncos’ only road victory over Wyoming came Dec. 22, 1984 (57-55). The Broncos have lost each of the last three meetings, with the last win over the Cowboys coming at Taco Bell Arena, Dec. 3, 2008 (86-85).
The Broncos have played a ranked Cowboy squad twice previously, losing to No. 5 Wyoming by four (59-55) on the road Dec. 22, 1987, and by six (56-50) to the No. 17 Cowboys at home, March 4, 1988.
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS: The Broncos’ 12 regular-season nonconference wins are a school record, eclipsing the 11 posted by the 1986-87 team. Additionally, at 12-2, the Broncos are off to their best start since the 1987-88 squad went 16-1 en route to winning the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament championships.
STREAKING: The Broncos’ six-game winning streak is the longest since winning eight-straight from Feb. 10-March 11, 2011.
VS RANKED OPPONENTS: The Broncos will be looking for a second-straight win over a ranked opponent after knocking off then-No. 11/11 Creighton on the road earlier this season (83-70). The Broncos are 6-34 all-time against ranked opponents, including a mark of 2-18 on the road. The Bluejays were the highest-ranked team Boise State has defeated all-time.
The only conference road win over a ranked opponent in school history came against No. 24 Nevada March 10, 2005 (73-72) in the WAC Tournament. The last Bronco victory over a ranked conference opponent came against No. 21 Utah State in Boise, Feb. 14, 2009 (66-56).
BRONCO RANKINGS: The Broncos received votes 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. 7), including a No. 33 ranking in the NCAA RPI.
The Broncos are also 28th in Jeff Sagarin’s NCAA basketball ratings, 33rd in CBSSports.com’s RPI and 40th in ESPN.com’s RPI.
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).
NONCONFERENCE TRAVELS: Of the top 50 teams in the NCAA RPI when the Mountain West begins conference play (Jan. 9) – Boise State was No. 33 – only 11 schools had played as many nonconference games away from home as the Broncos. Of those 11 schools, only two had a better record in those games than Boise State (5-2): New Mexico (6-1) and Bucknell (8-2).
POSTING LEADS: Boise State has led wire-to-wire in each of its last four 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 172:13.
LAST FOUR GAMES: The Broncos are holding opponents to just 29.7 percent shooting the last four games (65-of-219), including 21.2 percent from beyond the arc (18-of-85). Opponents are averaging just 46.2 points per game during that stretch.
Offensively, the Broncos are scoring 85.5 points per game, while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor (126-of-239) and 43.9 percent from 3-point range (43-of-98).
HIGH-SCORING BRONCOS: Boise State led the Mountain West in scoring during nonconference games, averaging 79.1 points per game. The mark also ranked 24th-nationally in games played through Jan. 6.
The Broncos have scored 80-or-more points seven times this season, more than the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12 (five). In Leon Rice’s first season (2010-11), the Broncos recorded 10 games with 80-or-more points.
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Boise State also led the MW in field goal percentage during nonconference play (.487), a mark that ranked 17th-nationally in games played through Jan. 6.
Boise State has knocked down more than 50 percent of its field goal attempts four times this season, already as many times as the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12.
Individually, Anthony Drmic ranked fourth in the lead in FG% during nonconference play (.493), and Derrick Marks ranked sixth (.471). Boise State and San Diego State were the only two teams with multiple players ranked in the statistical category through Jan. 8.
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range, leading the MW in nonconference play and ranking 10th-nationally (through Jan. 6).
Boise State is averaging 8.64 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and was 20th-nationally (through Jan. 6).
Junior Jeff Elorriaga leads the MW in both 3-point field goals per game (3.29) and 3-point field goal percentage (.484), and ranked 12th- and eighth-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through Jan. 6.
Sophomore Anthony Drmic currently ranks fourth in the MW in both 3-point field goal percentage (.419) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.57).
Drmic and Elorriaga have each led the MW in 3-point field goal percentage at one point this season.
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