Broncos Host Conference Leader Utah State

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With just six conference games remaining, the Boise State men’s basketball team is doing its best to plead its case for a spot in the conference tournament and what better team to upset than the current WAC leader, Utah State. The Broncos host the Aggies Thursday night with tip off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (MT).

Earlier this season, the Broncos made the trek down to Logan where they suffered a 59-71 loss to the Aggies. While Boise State fell to Utah State earlier this year, don’t count the Broncos out of upsetting the Aggies, especially on their home floor. Last season, Boise State played host to Utah State and snapped the longest winning streak in the nation at 19 with a 66-56 victory against the then No. 21 ranked Aggies. In addition, Utah State also missed out on a chance to clinch the conference title outright and set a school record for most consecutive victories.

While the Broncos may be just 8-23 overall against the Aggies, Boise State has posted seven of those wins at Taco Bell Arena, while one came at a neutral site. In addition, three of those came under the helm of head coach Greg Graham.

Catch up on some quality family time by making it to Family Night at Bronco Basketball this Thursday night (Feb. 11th).  It’s a steal of a deal as $35 gets you four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four cokes.  Just visit the box office on the night of the game or visit any select-a-seat outlet.  Or, pre-order your tickets in order to go right to the entrance Thursday night by visiting www.idahotickets.com.

About Utah State...

Utah State is riding a season-high eight-game winning streak and has won 12 of its last 14 games after starting the year with a 6-4 record.  USU¹s eight-game winning streak is currently tied for the seventh-longest in the
nation with Cornell and Sam Houston State.  Siena has the nation¹s longest winning streak at 15 straight, followed by Butler (13), Murray State (13), Morgan State (10), Syracuse (10) and Kansas (9).

During its current eight-game winning steak, Utah State has won seven of those games by double digits, including each of its last six.  The last time a USU team defeated six straight opponents by double digits was during the
2007-08 season, while the 2004-05 team is the last to beat seven straight opponents by double digits.

Utah State¹s bench has been playing very well during its eight-game winning streak as USU¹s reserves are averaging 24.3 points and 12.8 rebounds over the last eight games, while shooting 54.3 percent from the field (76-140) and 58.3 percent from three-point range (21-36).

All-Time Series Notes Against Utah State...

The All-Time Series:  Since becoming a Division I program, the Broncos are just 8-23 all-time against Utah State ... However, Boise State joined the WAC during the 2001-02 season and since then have posted a record of 4-9 against the Aggies ... All but one of the Broncos’ wins over the Aggies have come on Boise State’s home court.

Coach Graham vs. Utah State:   Since taking over at the helm of the Boise State program, the Broncos have typically given the Aggies a challenge, owning an all-time record of 3-7  ... In fact, Boise State has posted at least one win over Utah State in each of the last three seasons ... Two of the three wins under Coach Graham have come on the Broncos home floor, while the third came at a neutral site during the 2008 WAC Tournament.

Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference:  Boise State owns an all-time record of 133-143 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 65-55 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.

Last Time vs. Utah State:  Brian Green scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead Utah State past Boise State 81-59 ... Tai Wesley scored 13 and grabbed seven rebounds for the Aggies, while Jared Quayle, Brady Jardine and Tyler Newbold added 10 ... Boise State was led by Robert Arnold with 12 points ... After trailing 42-25 at half, Boise State went on an 11-2 run to open the second half, closing to within eight, 44-36, with 15:05 to play. That was as close as the Broncos could get as USU shot 52.6 percent from the field in the game, and BSU shoot 40.8 percent ... USU held Ike Okoye, BSU’s leading scorer, to eight points ... Boise State tied the game 7-7 early in the first half, before USU went on an extended run, highlighted by Green shooting 3 of 4 from the 3-point line. Green ended the half with 12.

Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...

Radio: 
KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basketball great, Abe Jackson, provides commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.  In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.

Television:  The Broncos game on Thursday against the Aggies will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler and Abe Jackson.

Broncos on the Internet:  Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games.   By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.