Orange Out Set for Saturday
Feb. 2, 2018
Boise State (18-4, 8-2) vs. UNLV (16-6, 5-4)
PROMOTIONS: Free pizza and posters will be given out to Boise State students. Students will also have the opportunity to win a Nintendo Switch and a Nike Backpack.
All fans will have the opportunity to get postgame autographs from the team after the game in lobby three, as well.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK: Saturday’s game will broadcast on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (analyst) on the call.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday's game air on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 5:30 p.m. (MT).
ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels possess the top scoring offense in the conference averaging 85.8 points per game and come into Saturday’s game in fifth place in the conference standings.
Forwards Brandon McCoy (17.7 ppg and 10.1 rpg) and Shakur Juiston (14.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg) continue to lead the UNLV front court while Jordan Johnson leads the conference and is 26th in the NCAA in assists per game (5.9 avg.).
LAST TIME AGAINST THE REBELS: Chandler Hutchison scored eight of his 32 points in the final three minutes and Zach Haney had his first career double-double as the Broncos took down UNLV, 83-74, on the road in Las Vegas a little more than a month ago (Dec. 30). Hutchinson was 13-of-18 from the field, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range, and Haney finished with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Boise State has won six of its last seven games against the Rebels and leads the all-time series 8-7. The Broncos have won four-straight home games against UNLV and hasn’t lost to the Rebels in Taco Bell Arena since Jan. 25, 2012.
12-0 AT TACO BELL ARENA: Still undefeated at home this season, the Broncos’s 12-game winning streak at Taco Bell Arena is tied for the 18th-longest in the country, and is just one win shy of the longest home winning streak in a single season in school history, as the 1997-98 team finished the season a perfect 13-0 home record.
The longest winning streak spanning across multiple seasons in program history was a 19-game streak from March 2, 1997 – Jan. 17, 1999.
WILLIAMS EXCELLING IN MW PLAY: Lexus Williams is second on the team in scoring in 10 conference games, averaging 10.5 games per game. He has scored double-digit points in five of the last six games – the first time he has ever accomplished the feat in his career.
He tied his season high at Air Force last Saturday with 16 points. In addition, Williams is now shooting a blistering 45.1 percent from three (32-of-71) while maintaining the top free throw percentage (86.1%) on the team among rotation players.
SCORING POINT GUARDS: When one of Boise State’s point guards – Williams or Marcus Dickinson – scores in double figures, the Broncos tend to win games. The Blue and Orange are 4-0 when Dickinson scores double-digit points and 10-1 when Williams does so. To no surprise, the Broncos are 2-0 when both Dickinson and Williams score in double figures in the same game.
HOLDING OPPONENTS TO UNDER 70: The Broncos held Air Force to just 64 points, pushing the team’s record to 11-0 when holding opponents to under 70 points this season. In Leon Rice’s eight years at Boise State, the team is 112-29 when achieving the benchmark.
3-POINT UPDATE: The Broncos have made 10 or more 3-pointers in 12 games this season – already the second most such games in a single season in school history. The only higher season total of making 10 or more threes was the 2014-15 season where the team tallied 16 such games and set the school record for 3-pointers in a season (297).
With 223 threes and currently averaging 10.1 threes per game (No. 25 in the NCAA), the Broncos are well within reach of breaking the school record.
DEFENSIVE IDENTITY: The Broncos are first in the Mountain West in both scoring defense and 3-point percentage defense, as they are holding teams to just 67.3 points per game and 30.5 percent shooting from behind the arc. Boise State continues to finish possessions on the defensive end of the court, as well, as they continue to be the No. 1 team in the country in defensive rebounding percentage at 83.8.
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