First-Place Clash Set for Saturday
Jan. 19, 2018

Boise State (16-3, 6-1) at Nevada (17-3, 6-0)
Saturday, Jan. 20 | 8 p.m. (MT)
Lawlor Events Center | Reno, Nev.
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THE GAME:
The Broncos (16-3, 6-1) will battle Nevada (17-3, 6-0) for first place in the Mountain West standings this Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. (MT) at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.

The Last Meeting
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Nevada85
February 22, 2017
Reno, Nev.
Boise State Falls to Nevada, 85-77
Nick Duncan and Chandler Hutchison had 19 points each, Duncan with seven rebounds and Hutchinson with eight assists for the Broncos (17-9, 10-5).

ESPNU: The game will air on ESPNU with Steve Quis (play-by-play) and Adrian Branch (analyst) set to be on the call.

LISTEN: Saturday’s matchup will broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network with Bob Behler on play-by-play and Abe Jackson as analyst. As usual, 670 AM KBOI will serve as the flagship station. The pregame show will begin at 7:30 p.m. (MT).

ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack have picked up right where they left off after winning the 2016-17 regular season and conference title with a first-place 6-0 record. Nevada is top three in the league in scoring offense (82.0 ppg), scoring defense (68.8 ppg) and scoring margin (+13.2 avg.) while shooting 41.3 percent from three (No. 12 in the NCAA).

Caleb Martin is the No. 2 scorer in the MW at 19.3 points per game while Jordan Caroline leads the team in rebounding at 9.0 rebounds per game. Martin, Caroline, Cody Martin and Kendall Stephens all average 12 or more points and account for 75.6 percent of the Wolf Pack’s scoring.

THE HISTORY: The Broncos trail in the all-time series against Nevada, 42-27, but have been able to win four of the last six matchups. The Wolf Pack won the two games last season, but Chandler Hutchison excelled in both games, tallying 42 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds in 70 minutes of play. The Broncos led by 10 early in the second half (19:56) in the matchup at Reno (Feb. 22, 2017), but couldn’t hang on down the stretch.

GRITTY PERFORMANCE: It wasn’t pretty, but the Broncos found a way to take down Utah State Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena, claiming the 71-67 victory. Boise State’s bench was the storyline, coming up with 30 points led March Dickinson’s 16, which tied his career high.

The Blue and Orange took care of the ball against the Aggies, committing a season-low eight turnovers while forcing the visitors into 14. Chandler Hutchison scored 16 points including six of the last eight Boise State points. Lexus Williams was exceptional in scoring 14 points, including the 70th and 71st points at the free throw line with two seconds to play, icing the game for the Broncos.

11-0 AT TACO BELL ARENA: With the win over Utah State, Boise State moves to 11-0 at Taco Bell Arena this season. The only other time the Broncos have started a season 11-0 at home was the 1997-98 campaign when the team finished the season a perfect 13-0 at Taco Bell Arena.

RUNS LIKE A LEXUS: The senior graduate transfer has been sensational in the last three games, averaging 13.3 points including 16 against San Diego State (Jan. 13) to tie his season high. His success has been a good indicator of the Broncos’ success on the court, as they are 8-1 when Williams scores in double figures this season.

HUTCHISON ONE OF A KIND: Hutchison (19.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.2 apg) is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game. The 6-7 senior guard was recently named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week, and continues to make his name known in the Bronco record book, as he is No. 9 in career rebounds (583) and No. 11 in career points (1,211) in Boise State history, with 399 rebounds and 909 points coming in the last two seasons.

MEMORABLE START CONTINUES: Boise State’s 16-3 record matches the best 19-game start to a season in program history, as the 1987-88 and 1988-89 teams also earned the same record.

The 6-1 start in league play ties for the second-best seven-game start to a conference season, as the program has achieved that record four previous times – one of which was in the Leon Rice era (2015-16). The 1987-88 team was the only Bronco squad to reach a perfect 7-0 league mark, which they did in the Big Sky Conference.


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