MBB Travels to Face Colorado State
DATE: Wednesday; Jan. 30, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Fort Collins, Colo. (Moby Arena; 8,745)
TV: N/A
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to square off against Colorado State, Wednesday (Jan. 30).

The Broncos (14-5, 2-3 MW) and Rams (16-4, 3-2 MW) are slated to tip at 7 p.m. MT, at Moby Arena.

SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos trail 3-6 in the all-time series, and have not won at Moby Arena in five tries.

Boise State won the last meeting between the schools, a 70-69 victory in Boise, Feb. 15, 2012. Then-freshman Derrick Marks drove coast-to-coast, scoring on a lay-up with 0.8 seconds remaining to send the Broncos to their first home league victory in the Mountain West.

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 (17.4) and Anthony Drmic (16.3) combine to average 33.7 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league. Nevada’s Deonte Burton (16.6) and Malik Story (15.8) rank second (32.4), and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (17.4) and Chase Tapley (14.6) rank third (32.0).

SECOND-HALF ASSASSIN: Derrick Marks, who ranks fourth in the MW at 17.4 points per game, is averaging 11.2 points in the second half alone. His second-half average by itself would still rank the league’s top 20 scoring list (19th).

Marks leads the MW in scoring during conference play (21.3), and is averaging 14.0 points per second half in league games. The second-half scoring average alone would 10th 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 (.749). The mark ranked 24th-nationally in games played through Jan. 27.

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 the first perfect performance since going 5-for-5 against UTEP, March 5, 2005.

SCRAPPY BUNCH: Boise State is pulling down 76.3 percent of defensive rebounds, the second-best mark in the Mountain West, and 33.2 percent of offensive rebounds, the third-best mark in the league. The Broncos are allowing opponents an average of just 29.0 rebounds per game, the second-best mark in MW.

PICK YOUR POISON: In games played through Jan. 27, Boise State was the only team in the country with two individuals ranking in the top 50 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage: Jeff Elorriaga was fourth (.483), and Anthony Drmic was 31st (.418).

PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range, leading the MW. The mark ranked sixth-nationally in games played through Jan. 27.

Boise State is averaging 8.37 3-point field goals per game, a mark that also leads the Mountain West and was 20th-nationally (through Jan. 27).

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 11th- and fourth-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through Jan. 27. Drmic currently ranks second in both 3-point field goals made (2.68) and 3-point field goal percentage (.418). The marks ranked 40th and 31st, respectively, in the nation through games played Jan. 27.

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 76.7 points per game. The mark also ranked 29th-nationally in games played through Jan. 27.

The Broncos’ scoring margin of plus-11.7 ranks third in the MW, and was 35th-nationally in games played through Jan. 27.

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 ranks second in the MW in field goal percentage (.470), a mark that ranked 28th-nationally in games played through Jan. 27.

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, Derrick Marks ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.481). Anthony Drmic ranks fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.475). Of the MW’s top 10 in the statistical category, no player has made more 3-pointers than Drmic.

Boise State is the only team in the league with two individuals in the top five of the statistical category through Jan. 26.

--broncosports.com--

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