Streaks on the Line Tuesday in Logan
Feb. 1, 2015
Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Utah State 7:30 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball takes its five-game win streak to hostile territory Tuesday, as the Broncos take on Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. Boise State (15-6, 5-3 MW) has never won in Logan, posting a 0-18 all-time record in road games against the Aggies (12-9, 5-4 MW). Boise State’s last four games were played in a 10-day stretch. The Broncos won them all. This will be the only game played during the 11 days following the last contest.
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 CBS Sports Network. Cable ONE channel 139 and 1139 (HD), DirecTV channel 221 and DISH channel 158.
Play-by-Play: Carter Blackburn
Analyst: Pete GIllen
ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies won three out of four games during a middle stretch of January to get within a game of first place- including knocking off Wyoming Jan. 27- but fell at San Diego State 62-42 in their last outing, Saturday. Jalen Moore leads Utah State with a season scoring average of 15.2 points per game. Three Aggies average double figures. Moore is also the top rebounder at 7.2 per outing.
SERIES HISTORY: Utah State leads the all-time series 30-9, including a win in the first meeting this season on a buzzer-beating three-pointer to take the 62-61 victory at Taco Bell Arena (Jan. 3). Boise State is 0-18 all-time on the road in the series; 10 of those losses have come with Stew Morrill serving as the Aggies’ head coach. The last time Utah State drew fewer than 9,000 fans for a game against the Broncos was 1998.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State stormed back from a 12-point second-half deficit to take down Colorado State 82-78 Tuesday, behind 28 points from Derrick Marks and a 15-point, 10-rebound effort from James Webb III. Marks scored 26 of his 28 in the decisive second half, including 21 of Boise State’s final 25 to help avenge an earlier loss to the Rams.
CURSE OF THE SPECTRUM: Boise State is looking to end one of the most famed curses in program history Tuesday, when it travels to Utah State. The Broncos are 0-18 all-time in Logan, but no current member of the Boise State roster has played in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum more than once. The schools were conference rivals in the Big West (1997-2001) and Western Athletic Conference (2006-11) before Utah State joined the MW last year.
RETURNING THE FAVOR: Ten times in the last three seasons Boise State has dropped the first game of a conference series. The Broncos are 8-2 in the return games, going 4-1 in 2012-13, 3-1 in 2013-14 and 1-0 so far in 2014-15. Tuesday is another such game.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: Since the calendar turned to 2015, Derrick Marks has elevated his game to a new level. Marks leadas the country in scoring in 2015, averaging 25.9 points per game and has led the Broncos in scoring each of the seven games, including five games with at least 28. 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.
ONE OF A KIND: Of the 755 players in the country averaging at least 10.5 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 19th in scoring at 19.6 points per game.
LEAGUE LEADER: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in scoring at 19.6 points per game. Marks is averaging 23.6 points per game in conference play, also the top mark in the Mountain West.
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 five-straight wins against UNLV, at New Mexico home against San José State, at Air Force and home against Colorado State. Three 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 fifth, a half game behind a tie for third and a game and a half behind the Cowboys and San Diego State in first.
WINNING WHEN IT MATTERS: Boise State has won five straight conference games for the 12th time in school history and the first time since joining the Mountain West. This is the 15th different season in which the Broncos have won at least four consecutive conference games, in 10 of the previous 14 seasons the feat was accomplished, the Broncos advanced to a postseason tournament.
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