Broncos Travel to San Diego to Face Aztecs
DATE: Wednesday; Feb. 6, 2013
TIME: 9 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: San Diego (Viejas Arena; 12,414)
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will face nationally-ranked San Diego State Wednesday (Feb. 6), at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
The Broncos (15-6, 3-4 MW) and Aztecs (16-5, 4-3), tied for 25th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, are slated to tip at 9 p.m. MT, 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: Steve Quis
Analyst: Brad Holland
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 have not defeated the Aztecs in four all-time meetings, and are 0-2 on the road. Three of the games played between the schools came last year, Boise State’s debut season in the Mountain West, and two were decided by three-or-fewer points. The Broncos lost 58-56 at Viejas Arena (Feb. 1, 2012), and 65-62 in the opening round of the Mountain West Tournament (March 8, 2012).
RANKED WINS: Through games played Feb. 3, only 29 teams had posted a road victory over a ranked team, and only three had multiple such victories. Boise State was the first school in the country to post multiple road wins over ranked teams. The other two are Oregon and Kansas.
The Broncos defeated No. 11/11 Creighton, Nov. 28 (83-70) and No. 25 (USA TODAY) Wyoming, Jan. 9 (63-61). The Broncos entered the 2012-13 season with only one road win over a ranked opponent all-time.
WIRE-TO-WIRE: Boise State never trailed in its 77-72 victory over UNLV Feb. 2, the team’s fifth wire-to-wire victory of the season and its first in conference play since joining the Mountain West last season.
Boise State posted wire-to-wire victories in each of its final four nonconference games, and did not trail an opponent for a combined 173-minutes, 16-seconds.
SCORING TANDEMS: Derrick Marks (16.7) and Anthony Drmic (16.3) combine to average 33.0 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league. Nevada’s Deonte Burton (16.3) and Malik Story (15.7) rank second at 32.0 points per game, and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (17.8) and Chase Tapley (14.0) are third, averaging 31.8 points per game.
The duo is also the highest-scoring tandem in league games. Drmic ranks second in conference games in scoring at 18.1 points per game, and Marks is third (17.5).
TAKING ADVANTAGE: As a team, the Broncos lead the Mountain West in free throw percentage (.754). The mark ranked 15th-nationally in games played through Feb. 3.
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.
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.
PICK YOUR POISON: In games played through Feb. 3, 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 sixth (.472), and Anthony Drmic was 31st (.414). 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; 3.28) and Drmic (45th; 2.62).
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 eight games, and have gone with five additional starting line-ups.
Boise State is 12-3 when starting the season’s initial five players, and 3-3 when using another combination.
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