Broncos, Wolf Pack Set for MW Showdown in Reno
DATE: Saturday; Jan. 26, 2013
TIME: 2 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center; 11,536)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will renew a conference rivalry for the second time this week, traveling to face Nevada in the first Mountain West meeting between the schools. The Broncos (14-4, 2-2) and Wolf Pack (10-8, 1-3) are slated to tip at 2 p.m. (MT) Saturday, at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.
The Broncos defeated Fresno State (74-67) in the first game played as MW foes, Tuesday.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos and Wolf Pack have now been league rivals in four different conferences: MW (2012-13), WAC (2001-02 through 2010-11), Big West (1996-97 through 1999-2000) and Big Sky (1979-80 through 1991-92).
Boise State trails 21-38 in the all-time series, including a mark of 9-21 in road games. The Broncos won the last game played in Reno, Feb. 26, 2011 (72-66).
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
SCORING TANDEMS: Derrick Marks (17.8) and Anthony Drmic (15.9) combine to average 33.7 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league. San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (17.8) and Chase Tapley (14.9) are the second-highest scoring duo in the MW (32.7), and Nevada’s Deonte Burton (16.6) and Malik Story (15.8) rank third (32.4).
SECOND-HALF ASSASSIN: Derrick Marks, who ranks fourth in the MW at 17.8 points per game, is averaging 11.6 points in the second half alone. His second-half average by itself would rank 16th on the league’s scoring list.
Marks leads the MW in scoring during conference play (24.7), and is averaging 17.3 points per second half in league games. The second-half scoring average alone would seventh on the league’s scoring list.
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Boise State was a perfect 26-of-26 from the free throw line against Fresno State Jan. 23, a school and conference record, and the best performance in the NCAA since Washington State went 28-for-28 against Oregon, Jan. 17, 2009.
As a team, the Broncos lead the Mountain West in free throw percentage (.753). The mark ranked 48th-nationally in free throw percentage in games played through Jan. 20.
Boise State went 9-for-9 from the line against New Orleans earlier this season (Dec. 23), which at the time was the most attempted without a miss in school history, and first perfect performance since going 5-for-5 against UTEP, March 5, 2005..
SCRAPPY BUNCH: Boise State is pulling down 76.1 percent of defensive rebounds, the second-best mark in the Mountain West, and 33.9 percent of offensive rebounds, the third-best mark in the MW. The Broncos are allowing opponents an average of just 28.5 rebounds per game, the best mark in the league.
PICK YOUR POISON: In games played through Jan. 20, Boise State was the only team in the country with two individuals ranking in the top 40 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage: Jeff Elorriaga was fifth (.491), and Anthony Drmic was 31st (.425).
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range, leading the MW. The mark ranked third-nationally in games played through Jan. 20.
Boise State is averaging 8.61 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 (3.29) and 3-point field goal percentage (.483), 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 (2.78) and 3-point field goal percentage (.439). 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 77.7 points per game. The mark also ranked 20th-nationally in games played through Jan. 20.
The Broncos’ scoring margin of plus-13.2 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.
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