Broncos Return Home for Second Run Through MW
DATE: Saturday; Feb. 9, 2013
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will begin its second run through the Mountain West at home Saturday (Feb. 9), hosting Wyoming at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos (15-7, 3-5) and Cowboys (16-6, 2-6) are slated to tip at 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos won the previous meeting between the schools earlier this season, ending Wyoming’s undefeated season with a 63-61 victory over the then-No. 25 Cowboys in Laramie (Jan. 9). Jeff Elorriaga knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired, his second 3-pointer in the final 31 seconds.
The Broncos trail the Cowboys 6-10 in the all-time series, but are 4-3 at home. Boise State lost last year’s game at Taco Bell Arena, and its last home win over Wyoming came Dec. 3, 2008 (86-85).
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
HOLDING COURT: Boise State, now 9-1 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 (15.9) combine to average 32.5 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league. Nevada’s Malik Story (16.4) and Deonte Burton (16.0) rank second at 32.4 points per game, and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (17.6) and Chase Tapley (13.9) are third, averaging 31.5 points per game.
Marks and Drmic are also the highest-scoring tandem in league games (34.1). Marks ranks second in conference games in scoring at 17.3 points per game, and Drmic is third (16.8).
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).
50 FOR RICE: The Broncos’ 77-72 victory over UNLV Feb. 2, was the 50th of the Leon Rice era. Rice notched his 50th victory in just his 86th game leading the program, the fastest head coach to reach the milestone since the Broncos joined Division I for the 1970-71 season. Rod Jensen earned his 50th win in his 89th game Nov. 27, 1998 (Idaho State).
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