Broncos Look for Road Win at UNLV
Jan. 31, 2014
What: Boise State at UNLV
When: Saturday, Feb. 1 | 5 p.m. (PT)
Where: Las Vegas | Thomas & Mack Center
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THE GAME: Boise State (15-6, 5-3 MW) travels to UNLV (14-7, 5-3 MW) for a Saturday showdown between the two teams tied for fourth in the MW. Tip off is slated for 5 p.m. (PT)/6 p.m. (MT).
TV INFORMATION: The game will be televisded by CBS Sports Network. Cable ONE 332 and 410 (HD), DirecTV 221 and DISH Network 158.
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.
SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads 2-5. The Rebels have won three of the four meetings since Boise State joined the Mountain West. The Broncos' lone win as conference foes came last season at home. The first all-time meeting between the schools was in the 1976 NCAA Tournament.
LOOKING FOR A BREAKTHROUGH: Boise State is 0-5 all-time at Thomas & Mack Center, the home court of UNLV and the site of the Mountain West Tournament. The Broncos have dropped road games against UNLV each of the last three years (including a nonconference tilt in 2010-11) as well as both MW Tournament games.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Ryan Watkins is one of 16 players in Division I averaging a double-double (11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game). This is the latest point in a season a Bronco has averaged a double-double since at least the 1985-86 season (record of game-by-game statistics begins with the 1986-87 season). Only three times has a Boise State player averaged double-figure rebounds for an entire season, and only once has it happened since Boise State started competing at Division I (1970-71). Steve Wallace averaged 11.0 rebounds per game in 1971-72. Bill Otey averaged 17.3 in 1968-69 and 13.0 in 1969-70. Each also averaged double-figure scoring in those seasons and are the only Broncos to average a double-double at the end of a season.
GLASS STREAKS: Ryan Watkins has a double-double in five-straight games. It is the longest streak at Boise State since Arnell Jones also had five-consecutive games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds from Jan. 21-Feb. 5, 1988. Watkins had three-straight double-doubles from Jan. 16-23, 2013.
GLASS STREAKS II: Ryan Watkins had at least 16 rebounds in three-straight games (Jan. 18-25). Entering this year, there had only been 18 times a Bronco recorded 16 or more rebounds in a game during the past 27 seasons (through 1986-87). Watkins is the first to accomplish the feat in consecutive games during that span.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Three Broncos are scoring in double figures per game. Anthony Drmic leads the way at 17.6 points per game and is joined by Derrick Marks (15.5) and Ryan Watkins (11.4). Mikey Thompson (8.7) and Jeff Elorriaga (8.6) are just off the pace.
MAKING THEM COUNT: Boise State is shooting 75.5 percent from the free throw line, No. 12 in the NCAA. Boise State is averaging 17.6 make on 23.3 attempts.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK: The Broncos had zero turnovers in the first half against San Jose State (Jan. 25), the first time the Broncos had zero turnovers in a half since March 11, 2004, at Fresno State. Boise State coughs up just 10.1 turnovers per game (No. 14 in the NCAA) and ranks 36th in the country in turnover margin (+2.7). The Broncos' steady guard play is led by senior Jeff Elorriaga. In 629 minutes across 20 games this season, Elorriaga has turned the ball over just 12 times (one every 52.4 minutes). Last season, he commited just 19 turnovers in 982 minutes on the floor. Guards Igor Hadziomerovic (1.05), Mikey Thompson (1.05), Anthony Drmic (2.00) and Derrick Marks (2.86) also average fewer than three turnovers.
THREE WITH A THOUSAND?: There has not been a season in school history in which three Broncos have hit 1,000 points. With at least 11 games left on schedule (including Saturday and at least one game at the MW Tournament), Ryan Watkins would have to average 8.8 points per game during those contests to reach the milestone. The 1977-78 Boise State team boasted a trio of 1,000-point scorers. Steve Connor scored his 1,000th point as a junior in 1976-77, and was joined the next year by Trent Johnson and Danny Jones.
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