Win Streaks Collide Tuesday Between Broncos and Rams
Jan. 26, 2015
Tuesday, Jan. 27 vs Colorado State 9 p.m. MT
THE GAME: A pair of teams riding four-game win streaks will clash Tuesday at 9 p.m. (MT), when Boise State hosts Colorado State. The Broncos (14-6, 4-3 MW) have climbed to within two games of first place in the Mountain West. The Rams (18-2, 5-2) are part of a three-way tie for second just one game in front of Boise State. The Broncos will look to avenge a Dec. 31 loss at Colorado State in their first conference rematch of the season.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s games 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
TV INFORMATION: Tuesday’s game will be televised by ESPNU. In Boise, ESPNU can be found on Cable ONE channel 136, DirecTV 208 and Dish Network 141.
Play-by-Play: Steve Quis
Analyst: Craig Robinson
ABOUT COLORADO STATE: The Rams opened Mountain West play with the No. 24 national ranking and started conference by beating Boise State to run its perfect start to 14-0. Colorado State dropped its next two games against New Mexico (away) and Wyoming (home) but has rebounded to win the last four. J.J. Avila continues to lead the way for the Rams, averaging 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Avila is one of four Rams scoring in double figures. Against the Broncos, Avila scored 13 points before fouling out.
SERIES HISTORY: Colorado State leads the all-time series 8-5. Boise State is 4-1 in games played at Taco Bell Arena, with the lone loss coming Nov. 20, 1991. The Rams won the first meeting of the year 71-65.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State rallied for a 77-68 win at Air Force Saturday, behind 28 points from Derrick Marks and a career-high 20 out of Nick Duncan. The Falcons led by as many as 10 early on, but the Broncos fought back to within one at halftime. Marks either scored or assisted on 35 of Boise State’s final 52 points, including the last 22.
BLACK OUT: Tuesday is the annual Black Out game at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State will don its black jerseys at home and fans are encouraged to wear black as well. The Broncos unveiled the black jerseys March 2, 2013, against Colorado State in a memorable 78-65 win. Last year’s Black Out game was a thrilling 71-70 victory against New Mexico.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: Since the calendar turned to 2015, Derrick Marks has elevated his game to a new level. Marks is averaging 25.5 points per game (third most in the country in 2015) and has led the Broncos in scoring each of the six games, including two 30-point outings. The end of 2014 saw Marks twist his ankle against Houston (Dec. 22), miss the game against Loyola (Dec. 23) and score just eight points against Colorado State (Dec. 31), while still recovering.
BRONCOS BOUNCE BACK: Boise State started Mountain West play 0-3, after holding leads in the second half of all three games. The Broncos have responded with four-straight wins against UNLV, at New Mexico home against San José State and at Air Force. Two weeks ago Boise State left Laramie, Wyo., at 0-3 in conference, a half game ahead of last place and three and a half games behind first place. Now Wyoming is still in first, but the Broncos have closed the gap. They currently sit in a tie for sixth, a half game behind fifth, one game out of second and two games behind the Cowboys.
LEAGUE LEADER: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in scoring at 19.2 points per game. Marks is averaging 23.0 points per game in conference play, also the top mark in the Mountain West.
ONE OF A KIND: Of the 662 players in the country averaging at least 11 points per game, Derrick Marks is the only one shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line. Marks ranks 30th at 19.2 points per game.
QUICK TURNAROUND: Boise State’s current four-game win streak comes immediately after losing four in a row. It is just the fifth time in school history the Broncos have won at least four in a row after losing at least four consecutive games. It is the second such turnaround under Leon Rice (2010-11). Boise State previously accomplished the feat in 2000-01, 1978-79 and 1971-72.
WINNING WHEN IT MATTERS: Boise State has won four straight conference games for the 18th time in school history and the second time since joining the Mountain West. This is the 15th different season in which the Broncos have won four consecutive conference games, in 10 of the previous 14 seasons the feat was accomplished, the Broncos advanced to a postseason tournament.
RETURNING THE FAVOR: Nine times in the last two seasons Boise State has dropped the first game of a conference series. The Broncos are 7-2 in the return games, going 4-1 in 2012-13 and 3-1 in 2013-14.
LET IT FLY: Boise State connected on 14-of-22 three-point attempts (63.6 percent) at Air Force Jan. 24, setting a season high for made threes. It is tied for the second-best single-game three-point percentage in school history with a minimum of 10 makes. Nick Duncan (6-for-8) and Derrick Marks (4-for-5) combined to go 10-for-13 from deep in the game. It was the third straight game in which Boise State made double-digit triples.
PLAYING AT A HIGH LEVEL: Boise State’s first four road games in Mountain West play were at an average elevation of 6,118 feet above sea level. The next road game will be at Utah State (Feb. 3), at an elevation of 4,778 feet. Boise State’s final four MW road games will take place at the four lowest elevations in the conference, averaging 628 feet above sea level.
70 THE MAGIC NUMBER: Under Leon Rice, Boise State’s recipe for success has been to score 70 points. The Broncos are 75-15 when scoring at least 70, and 16-45 when failing to reach that mark.
PASSING FOR SUCCESS: Over the last four seasons, Boise State is 30-1 when tallying at least 15 assists in a game. The Broncos hit that plateau 10 times last season, going 10-0. Despite an uptick in scoring average, the Broncos saw a dip in their assists-per-game average last year (11.8) from 2012-13 (13.2). Of Boise State’s 13 losses last season, the Broncos had 11 assists or fewer in 12 of them. The only exception was a double-OT loss with14.
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