Broncos, Bulldogs Renew League Rivalry Wednesday
DATE: Wednesday; Jan. 23, 2013
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team returns to Taco Bell Arena Wednesday (Jan. 23) to host Fresno State. Tip between the Broncos (13-4, 1-2 MW) and Bulldogs (7-10, 1-3 MW) is scheduled for 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos and Bulldogs will be playing their first league game since Feb. 24, 2011, when the teams were each members of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State went 14-9 against Fresno State as a member of the WAC from 2001-10.
The Broncos lead the all-time series 16-5, including a mark of 9-5 at home. Boise State has won eight-consecutive home games over the Bulldogs, and haven’t lost to Fresno State at home since Jan. 15, 2004.
The schools played a home-and-home series last year, with each team winning on its home floor.
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
PICK YOUR POISON: Boise State is the only team in the country with two individuals ranking in the top 40 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage: Jeff Elorriaga is fifth (.491), and Anthony Drmic is 31st (.425).
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range, leading the MW and ranking third-nationally (through Jan. 20).
Boise State is averaging 8.76 3-point field goals per game, a mark that also leads the Mountain West and was 11th-nationally (through Jan. 20).
The Broncos boast the league’s top two 3-point shooters in Jeff Elorriaga and Anthony Drmic. Elorriaga leads the MW in both 3-point field goals per game (3.44) and 3-point field goal percentage (.491), and ranked 10th- and fifth-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through Jan. 20. Drmic currently ranks second in both 3-point field goals made (2.65) and 3-point field goal percentage (.425). The marks ranked 51st and 31st, respectively, in the nation through games played Jan. 20.
Drmic and Elorriaga have each led the MW in 3-point field goal percentage at one point this season.
HIGH-SCORING BRONCOS: Boise State leads the Mountain West in scoring this season, averaging 77.9 points per game. The mark also ranked 20th-nationally in games played through Jan. 20.
Boise State and New Mexico are the only teams in the Mountain West with three individuals ranking in the top 15 in the league in scoring: Derrick Marks is fourth (17.0), Anthony Drmic is seventh (15.5) and Jeff Elorriaga is 15th (11.9).
The Broncos’ scoring margin of plus-13.6 ranks second in the MW, and was 27th-nationally in games played through Jan. 20.
The Broncos have scored 80-or-more points eight times this season, more than the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12 (five). In Leon Rice’s first season (2010-11), the Broncos recorded 10 games with 80-or-more points.
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Boise State leads the MW in field goal percentage (.481), a mark that ranked 20th-nationally in games played through Jan. 20.
Boise State has knocked down more than 50 percent of its field goal attempts four times this season, already as many times as the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12.
Individually, Anthony Drmic ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.478). Of the MW’s top 10 in the statistical category, no player has made more 3-pointers than Drmic.
Additionally, Derrick Marks ranks fifth in field goal percentage (.473). Boise State is the only team in the league with two individuals in the top five of the statistical category through Jan. 19.
LAST SEVEN GAMES: Despite allowing 91 points to Air Force (Jan. 19), the Broncos are still holding opponents to just 37.4 percent shooting the last seven games (139-of-372), including 30.7 percent from beyond the arc (43-of-140). Opponents are averaging just 59.4 points per game during that stretch.
Offensively, the Broncos are scoring 79.9 points per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor (202-of-406) and 45.2 percent from 3-point range (71-of-157).
HOLDING COURT: Boise State won its first seven home games of the season before falling to No. 19/21 New Mexico in overtime, Jan. 16. The Broncos were one of the nation’s final 50 undefeated teams at home.
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