Bulldogs Visit Broncos Saturday
Jan. 7, 2016
Boise State (11-4, 2-0 MW) vs Fresno State (11-5, 2-1 MW)
Saturday, Jan. 9 | 4 p.m. MT | Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
THE GAME: Boise State (11-4, 2-0 MW) hosts Fresno State (11-5, 2-1 MW) Saturday, at 4 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos have won eight straight overall and 16 in a row on their home floor. The Bulldogs ended Boise State's eight-game win streak last season in Fresno, before the Broncos clinched the conference title by beating Fresno State in the regular-season finale in Boise. Saturday is the only meeting between the two teams in the regular season.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs are off to their best start in nearly a decade, led by preseason MW Player of the Year Marvell Harris and his 18.4 points per game. In conference play, Fresno State has defeated UNLV and Nevada, while losing to New Mexico.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 20-17. MW Games: Boise State leads 4-2.
TV INFORMATION: The game will be televised by ROOT Sports. Channel Finder: DirecTV 687, Dish 426, Cable ONE 27/1149.
Play-by-Play: Marc Stout
Analyst: Joe Cravens
Sideline: Jenny Cavnar
ON THE CALL: The Voice of the Broncos, Bob Behler, is back for his eighth season of calling Boise State men's basketball on the radio. Behler is joined by Bronco great Abe Jackson in his eighth year as the analyst. The game will be carried on the Bronco Radio Network, including flagship station 670 AM KBOI in Boise. A live audio stream is also available at BroncoSports.com.
BROADWAY BRIDGE DETOUR: The Idaho Transportation Department is replacing the Broadway Avenue Bridge and improving the roadway between University Drive and Front Street. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists will be detoured around the construction. As you travel to Boise State athletic events, please allow extra time for travel. Find your route to Taco Bell Arena and other important information by visiting BroncoSports.com/
STREAKING BRONCOS: Boise State is riding an eight-game win streak for the eighth time in school history and fourth under Leon Rice. The last time the Broncos won nine in a row was 1991-92.
LAST TIME OUT: Four Broncos scored at least a dozen points Tuesday, as Boise State shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and rolled to a 76-61 win at Utah State. Mikey Thompson led the way with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. Chandler Hutchison scored 15 off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting.
STARTING STRONG: Boise State is 2-0 to start league play for the first time since joining the Mountain West. The Broncos have opened conference play 3-0 six times in program history.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State is 70-15 at Taco Bell Arena under head coach Leon Rice, including a 40-2 mark in nonconference games, winning 37 of the last 38. Boise State has won 49 of its last 55 overall at home.
HOME WIN STREAK: The Broncos have won 16 straight at home. It is the longest home win streak under Leon Rice, matches the second-longest in program history and is tied for the 16th-longest active streak in the country.. The Broncos won 19 consecutive home games from March 2, 1997 to Jan. 17, 1999; and 16 consecutive home games from Jan. 15, 1994 to Jan. 7, 1995.
BETTER WITH HIM: In 13 games against Division I opponents this season, the Broncos have outscored opponents by a total of 46 points. With Nick Duncan on the floor, Boise State has a 64-point edge. Duncan has logged 427 minutes, in those minutes the Broncos are scoring 78.4 points per 40. Without Duncan in the lineup, Boise State averages 61.9 points per 40 minutes.
ADAPTING AGAIN: After finding his place in the starting lineup midway through last year, Chandler Hutchison has become an even bigger factor this season off the bench. Hutchison started the first seven games this year playing 21.5 minutes per game. He has come off the bench the last eight games and averaged 23.5 minutes. The Broncos are 8-0 since Hutchison began coming off the bench, while he is averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.
STEPPING UP: Zach Haney has played double digit minutes six times this year, including four times in the past five games. In the last five games, Haney has scored 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting, including notching his career high of seven points three times.
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