Broncos Open MW Home Slate Against New Mexico
DATE: Wednesday; Jan. 16, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
TV: ROOT SPORTS
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team, receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ Polls this week, opens its Mountain West Conference home slate Wednesday (Jan. 16) against No. 19/21 New Mexico.
The Broncos (13-2, 1-0) and Lobos (15-2, 2-0) will tip at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena, and the game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
ORANGE OUT: Wednesday's game will be an Orange Out, and fans are encouraged to wear orange.
TV INFORMATION: Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on both ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain and ROOT SPORTS Northwest.
Play-by-Play: Tom Glasgow
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
Sidelines: Jen Mueller
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
RANKINGS SUMMARY: The Broncos are receiving votes in both major polls this week - nine in the Associated Press and two in the USA TODAY Coaches’ - for the second time this season. The Broncos received 22 votes in the AP and two in the Coaches’ following the team’s victory over then-No. 11/11 Creighton, Nov. 28.
Boise State is also highly-ranked by a number of different outlets (as of Jan. 14), including a No. 28 ranking in the NCAA RPI.
The Broncos are also 21st in Jeff Sagarin’s NCAA basketball ratings, 28th in CBSSports.com’s RPI and 28th in ESPN.com’s RPI.
Additionally, Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com had the Broncos as a No. 6 seed in his latest NCAA Tournament projections (Jan. 11), and Joe Lunardi had the Broncos as a No. 10 seed in his latest NCAA Tournament projections (Jan. 8).
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State dropped both games against New Mexico last season, the only previous match-ups between the two schools. The Broncos fell 65-49 at home (Feb. 4, 2012) and 76-61 on the road (March 3, 2012).
EARLY SEASON SUCCESS: The Broncos’ 12 regular-season nonconference wins are a school record, eclipsing the 11 posted by the 1986-87 team.
Additionally, at 13-2, 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’ seven-game winning streak is tied for the 11th-longest in the nation, and is the longest by the Broncos since winning eight-straight from Feb. 10-March 11, 2011.
VS RANKED OPPONENTS: Boise State is the only school in the country with multiple road victories over ranked opponents: No. 11/11 Creighton, Nov. 28 (83-70); No. 25 (USA TODAY) Wyoming, Jan. 9 (63-61). The Broncos entered the 2012-13 season with only one road win over a ranked opponent all-time.
The Broncos have won back-to-back wins over ranked opponents for the first time in school history, and will be looking for a third-straight Wednesday against No. 19/21 New Mexico. Boise State is 7-34 all-time against ranked opponents, including a mark of 4-8 at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State’s last home win over a ranked opponent came against No. 21 Utah State, Feb. 14, 2009 (66-56).
UNDEFEATED NO MORE: Boise State has played four teams this season that had not lost a game, and all four teams fell to the Broncos: Texas Southern, No. 11/11 Creighton, LSU and No. 25 (USA TODAY) Wyoming.
Wyoming was one of the nation’s final four undefeated teams.
NONCONFERENCE TRAVELS: Of the top 50 teams in the NCAA RPI when the Mountain West began 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).
LAST FIVE GAMES: The Broncos are holding opponents to just 32.9 percent shooting the last five games (85-of-258), including 25.2 percent from beyond the arc (26-of-103). Opponents are averaging just 49.2 points per game during that stretch.
Offensively, the Broncos are scoring 81.0 points per game, while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor (150-of-291) and 46.2 percent from 3-point range (54-of-117).
PERFECT AT HOME: Boise State is 7-0 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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