Blue and Orange To Host Spartans
Jan. 23, 2018
Boise State (16-4, 6-2) vs San Jose State (3-15, 0-7)
AT&T SPORTSNET: The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet, available for viewing in the Rocky Mountain SportsNet Regions. ROOT SPORTS Northwest will be airing the game, as well.
Fans will have the option of streaming the game online on the Rocky Mountain AT&T SportsNet website.
Drew Goodman (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst) will be on the call.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Wednesday's game will broadcast 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 JOSE STATE: The Spartans are averaging 64.4 points per game with junior forward Ryan Welage leading the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game (No. 7 in the MW). San Jose State has excelled on the boards, as well, as they are currently No. 3 in the league with a +5.7 average rebounding margin.
SJSU is winless in Mountain West play and has lost seven-straight games.
THE HISTORY: The Broncos hold a 29-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Spartans, having won both contests last season. Boise State is also undefeated at home (16-0) against SJSU.
TIME TO BOUNCE BACK: Boise State hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season, and will be looking to maintain that streak and rebound after a 74-68 road loss at Nevada (Jan. 20). The only other season that the Broncos managed to not drop consecutive games over the course of an entire regular season (not including a conference tournament) was the 1988-89 campaign.
HOME WINNING STREAK: With a perfect 11-0 record at Taco Bell Arena this season, Boise State will be looking to extend its 11-game winning streak that is currently tied for the 19th-longest home winning streak in NCAA Division I. 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.
HOBBS SURGING: Through eight conference games, Alex Hobbs is the team’s No. 2 scorer (11.3 ppg) while leading the team in assists (3.3 avg.). The sophomore is averaging 28.9 minutes per game and has scored 12 or more points in five of eight league contests. The La Porte, Texas native has been extremely efficient, as well, shooting 51.4 percent from the field in MW play.
70 = THE MAGIC NUMBER: When holding opponents to under 70 points, the Broncos are a perfect 11-0 this season. Boise State still has a winning record (5-4) on the nine occasions they did give up more than 70. The team’s scoring defense average of 67.3 points per game is No. 2 in the Mountain West while it continues to hold opponents to just 29.4 percent from behind the arc (No. 7 in the NCAA).
HUTCHISON WINS, PEFORMS: Chandler Hutchison is one win away from moving into third place in the school record book for individual career wins. A win against the Spartans would give him 81, moving him into a tie with five other players. Mikey Thompson holds the school record with 87.
The seniors’ 1,238 career points also has him No. 11 on the Boise State all-time list, just five points away from the top 10. More impressive, however, is his 588 career rebounds that slots him at No. 9 in the school record book.
RUNNING GOOD OFFENSE: Through eight MW games, Boise State has the top field goal percentage in league play at 48.9 percent. The Broncos are averaging 36.5 points in the paint in league games, accounting for 46 percent of its scoring. The team’s scoring offense average in MW play is 79.5 – No. 2 in the conference.
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