Broncos Host Blue Out Against SDSU
Jan. 12, 2018
THE GAME: Boise State (14-3, 4-1) will return to Taco Bell Arena and take on San Diego State (11-4, 3-1), Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. (MT).
FREE BEANIES / BLUE OUT: The first 5,000 fans in Taco Bell Arena will receive blue Idaho Central Credit Union sponsored beanies. In addition, fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game, as it will be a "Blue Out".
ESPN2: Saturday's game will broadcast on ESPN2 with Sam Farber (play-by-play) and Richie Schueler (analyst) scheduled to be on the call.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday's game will air on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 7:30 p.m. (MT).
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs come to Taco Bell Arena riding a three-game winning streak thanks to wins against Utah State (76-59), at Colorado State (77-68) and at home to San Jose State (85-49).
San Diego State has been a well-rounded offensive team through 15 games, as it has six players averaging eight or more points with junior guard Devin Watson (13.2 ppg) leading the way in the scoring column while Malik Pope has been the top rebounder at 7.0 rebounds per game.
PACKING THE BELL AGAINST SDSU: In four of the last five meetings at Taco Bell Arena against San Diego State, attendance has been over 9,500. Head coach Leon Rice and the Broncos hope for a similar home court advantage Saturday night.
The Aztecs hold a 10-5 advantage in the all-time series, with the series tied at 3-3 in games at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos claimed the 78-66 victory last win at home (Jan. 17).
CLASH OF TWO GREAT DEFENSES: The Aztecs and Broncos are the No. 1 and 2 scoring defenses in the conference, as the two teams are giving up just 64.7 and 66.1 points per game, respectively, ranking them No. 29 and 52 in the NCAA on the season.
The odds may swing in Boise State's favor if it can hold San Diego State to under 40 percent shooting from the field, as the Blue and Orange are a perfect 9-0 this season and 53-5 under head coach Leon Rice when holding opponents to sub-40 percent shooting games.
HUTCHISON HAS CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN: The victory at Fresno State Tuesday means Hutchison becomes just the 11th player in Boise State history to win a conference road game at every league venue in his career. John Coker (1992-95) was the last to accomplish the feat, which had not been done since Boise State was in the Big Sky. Hutchison is the sixth four-year Bronco to accomplish the feat.
In addition, the senior's 21-point, 10-rebound outing against the Bulldogs gave him his 12th career 20 and 10 game. It also was his sixth of the season, matching his total from the 2016-17 season, when he also posted six.
With 19 career double-doubles, he is tied for third place in Bronco history. His eight double-doubles puts him second in the Mountain West, and makes him one of four guards in the NCAA who have accumulated eight or more double-doubles in 2017-18.
Hutchison is also the only player in the Mountain West who leads his team in points (18.3 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg).
GETTING TO THE CHARITY STRIPE: Boise State was aggressive offensively on in its past road trip, earning a combined 60 trips to the free throw line where the team went 44-of-60 (73.3%) at Wyoming and Fresno State. Hutchison was the leader in getting to the line, as he finished the two games 29-of-38 (76.3%), going for career highs in attempts (20) against Wyoming and makes (15) against Fresno State.
GUARDING THE THREE: The Broncos continue to hang their hat on effectively guarding the 3-point line, as they are limiting teams to 28.4 percent shooting from three, good for No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 5 in the NCAA.
In five Mountain West games, Boise State has held the opposition to just 27-of-106 shooting (27.4%) from behind the arc, with each game resulting in seven or fewer opposing 3-pointers.
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