Broncos Host Runnin' Rebels Saturday
DATE: Saturday; Feb. 2, 2013
TIME: 7 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team returns to Taco Bell Arena Saturday (Feb. 2), to play host to UNLV.
The Broncos (14-6, 2-4 MW) and Runnin’ Rebels (17-4, 4-2 MW) are slated to tip at 7 p.m., and the game will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
TV INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, available on DIRECTV channel 691.
Play-by-Play: Marc Stout
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
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
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos are 1-4 all-time against the Runnin’ Rebels, and 1-1 at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos’ lone victory in the series came March 17, 2004 – an 84-69 victory in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Runnin’ Rebels won the last game played in Boise, downing the Broncos 77-72 in overtime.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State, now 8-1 at Taco Bell Arena, won its first seven home games of the season before falling to No. 19/21 New Mexico in overtime, Jan. 16. The Broncos were one of the nation’s final 50 undefeated teams at home.
SCORING TANDEMS: Derrick Marks (16.6) and Anthony Drmic (16.1) combine to average 32.7 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league. Nevada’s Deonte Burton (16.5) and Malik Story (15.5), and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (17.4) and Chase Tapley (14.6) are tied for second, averaging 32.0 points per game.
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 (.752). The mark ranked 19th-nationally in games played through Jan. 31.
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.
STARTING LINE-UPS: After using 15 different starting line-up combinations in 30 games last season, Boise State used the same line-up in each of this season’s first 13 games: Marks, Hadziomerovic, Elorriaga, Drmic and Watkins.
However, the Broncos have been able to use that line-up just twice in the last seven games, and have gone with five additional starting line-ups.
Boise State is 12-3 when starting the season’s initial five players, and 2-3 when using another combination.
SCRAPPY BUNCH: Boise State is pulling down 75.6 percent of defensive rebounds, the second-best mark in the Mountain West, and 32.9 percent of offensive rebounds, the third-best mark in the league. The Broncos are allowing opponents an average of just 29.5 rebounds per game, the second-best mark in MW.
PICK YOUR POISON: In games played through Jan. 31, 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 fifth (.483), and Anthony Drmic was 37th (.409). Boise State was also the only team in the country with two individuals in the top 50 in 3-point field goals made: Elorriaga (11th; 3.29) and Drmic (49th; 2.60).
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range, leading the MW. The mark ranked 12th-nationally in games played through Jan. 27.
Boise State is averaging 8.10 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and was 26th-nationally (through Jan. 31).
The Broncos boast two of the league’s top three 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 fifth-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through Jan. 31. Drmic currently ranks second in 3-point field goals made (2.60) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.409). The marks ranked 49th and 37th, respectively, in the nation through games played Jan. 31.
Drmic and Elorriaga have each led the MW in 3-point field goal percentage at one point this season.
20-POINT GAMES: Anthony Drmic (seven), Derrick Marks (six), Jeff Elorriaga (two) and Ryan Watkins (two) each have multiple 20-point games in 2012-13. For Drmic, the total is the most by a Bronco since 2010-11, when La’Shard Anderson also had seven in Leon Rice’s debut season.
The last time a Bronco had more than seven 20-point games in a season was in 2007-08, when Reggie Larry had 18 and Matt Nelson had 10.
Kenny Buckner also has one 20-point game in 2012-13. The five Broncos with 20-point outings are the most since 2009-10, when the Broncos also had five different players score 20-plus.
HIGH-SCORING BRONCOS: Boise State leads the Mountain West in scoring this season, averaging 75.8 points per game. The mark also ranked 32nd-nationally in games played through Jan. 31.
The Broncos’ scoring margin of plus-10.1 ranks third in the MW, and was 46th-nationally in games played through Jan. 31.
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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