The Boise State men’s basketball team makes its way to Logan to take on Utah State, Saturday, in what the Broncos are hoping to be not only their first Western Athletic Conference win, but for their first win in the Spectrum. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:05 p.m. MT.
The Broncos may be off to a slow start, but the same can be said about Aggies who uncharacteristically own a conference record of 2-2 to start WAC play. Both teams have fallen victim to conference leader, Louisiana Tech, and second place New Mexico State.
While Utah State may have struggled on the road, they still own an impressive record at home as they are 168-13 (.928) under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 85-8 record against conference opponents and a 30-3 (.914) mark against WAC teams.
Upon completing their second conference road trip, the Broncos will return home to play host to Nevada in the third doubleheader with the women’s team put on this season. The men’s game against the Wolf Pack is tentatively scheduled to tip at 8:15 p.m. (MT).
About Utah State...
During its current two-game winning streak, Utah State is scoring 88.5 points and shooting 53.3 percent from the field (64-120), 59.4 percent from three-point range (19-32) and 78.9 percent at the free throw line (30-38). Defensively, USU is allowing 63.0 points during its last two games and its opponents are shooting 37.3 percent from the field (47-126), 40.5 percent from three-point range (17-42) and 46.9 percent at the free throw line (15-32).
One of Utah State’s trademarks under head coach Stew Morrill is to play solid defense without fouling and that is exactly what this year’s team is starting to do. During its first three games of the year, USU was averaging 20.7 fouls per game, but during its last 15 games it is averaging just 16.1 fouls and had a season-low 10 fouls against Western Oregon. On the season, USU is 8-0 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents.
Utah State has traditionally been very successful when holding its opponents under 60 points as it is 6-1 this year with its one loss coming at New Mexico State, 55-52. In fact, USU had won 57 straight such games before losing to Marquette, 58-57, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Overall, USU has won 79 of its last 81 games when allowing fewer than 60 points and is 144-12 (.923) when holding its opponents under 60 points under Coach Morrill.
All-Time Series Notes Against Utah State...
The All-Time Series: Since becoming a Division I program, the Broncos are just 8-22 all-time against Utah State ... However, Boise State joined the WAC during the 2001-02 season and since then have posted a record of 4-8 against the Aggies.
Coach Graham vs. Utah State: Since taking over at the helm of the Boise State program, the Broncos have typically given the Aggies a challenge, owning an all-time record of 3-6 ... In fact, Boise State has posted at least one win over Utah State in each of the last three seasons, but none of which have come on the Aggies home floor.
Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: Boise State owns an all-time record of 131-140 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 67-52 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.
Last Time vs. Utah State: Mark Sanchez scored 20 points, Anthony Thomas had 18 and Boise State snapped the longest winning streak in the nation at 19 with a 66-56 victory against No. 21 Utah State ... Boise State trailed most of the first half, but led the entire second half behind a tenacious defense that forced 19 turnovers, nearly twice Utah State’s season average ... The Aggies, who came into the game averaging 72.4 points per game, were led by Gary Wilkinson and Jared Quayle, each with 12 points. After shooting 42.3 percent in the first half, Utah State’s shooters cooled in the second, hitting just 8-for-26 and 3-for-9 from behind the 3-point arc ... Boise State shot 48.1 percent in the second half ... Paul Noonan and Ike Okoye each chipped in nine points apiece for the Broncos, winners of three of their last four games. Boise State came up with nine steals and three blocked shots.
Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...
Radio: KIDO (580 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basketball great, Abe Jackson, provides commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game. In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.
Broncos on ESPN360: The Broncos game on Saturday against the Aggies will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game ESPN360.com. ESPN360.com is available free of charge to all students who get their high-speed Internet access through the on-campus network, to anyone getting their high-speed Internet through one of ESPN’s affiliated ISPs, and to U.S.-based military personnel who access the Internet via on-base servers. Here is a direct link to the live stream of the game: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/espn360/index?id=300160328.
Broncos on the Internet: Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.