Streaking Broncos Take Act Back on the Road
Feb. 12, 2015
Saturday, Feb. 14 at Fresno State 5 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball takes its winning ways back on the road Saturday, at Fresno State. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT at Save Mart Center. The Broncos (18-6, 8-3 MW) are riding an eight-game winning streak, which includes three road wins. The Bulldogs (11-13, 6-5 MW) have dropped three of their last four but are 8-2 at home, including an earlier win over league-leading San Diego State and a triple-overtime loss to then-No. 25 Wyoming.
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: The game will be live streamed on ESPN3, via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app with participating television or internet providers.
Play-by-Play: Trey Bender
Analyst: Kyle Macy
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs are 11-13 on the season but 6-5 in Mountain West games and one of seven teams within three games of first place. Marvelle Harris leds Fresno State in scoring (17.1) rebounding (5.3) assists (3.5) and steals (2.1). Harris is the only guard on the roster shooting better than 40 percent from the field. The Bulldogs shoot 42.1 percent as a team, including 30.2 percent from three-point range, making just 5.4 per game.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series 19-16. The Broncos are 6-11 on the road in the series, including a 76-56 loss last season. It was Boise State’s most lopsided defeat of the year.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State ran its win streak to eight games Wednesday, with a 67-42 win against Air Force. James Webb III led the way with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Broncos held the MW’s top shooting team to 26 percent from the floor in the first half to build a lead. Rob Heyer scored a career-high 12 points, while Derrick Marks added13 in the first game of 2015 he did not lead Boise State in scoring.
DEFENSE STEPPING UP: Boise State has held its last two opponents to fewer than 50 points, defeating San Diego State 61-46 and downing Air Force 67-42. The last time the Broncos held consecutive conference opponents in the 40s was 1999. Boise State has held an opponent under 50 points 12 times in the Leon Rice era, half of those games have come this season. The Broncos are 11-1 overall in those games, including a 5-1 mark this season.
MODEL OF EFFICIENCY: Boise State averages 1.09 points per possession this season, ranking No. 29 in the NCAA. The Broncos have scored more than 0.9 points per possession in 22 of 24 games and during their current eight-game winning streak have averaged 1.18 points per possession, tied for fifth-best in the country since Jan. 13. Boise State scored 1.15 points per possession against San Diego State (Feb. 8), the second-highest rate allowed by the Aztecs this season. Since 2006, only five Mountain West teams have scored more points per possession against SDSU.
GETTING IT DONE ON BOTH ENDS: Boise State’s 1.18 points per possession during the current winning streak is tied for fifth-best in the country since Jan. 13. Of the 44 teams averaging more than 1.1 points per trip over that span, the Broncos’ 0.92 points allowed per possession is third best.
BRONCO STREAK AMONG BEST: Boise State’s current eight-game win streak is the seventh-longest active streak in the country entering Thursday. Of the six longer streaks, three will be put on the line before Boise State tips off Saturday, with two others in action at the same time as the Broncos and one not playing again until Sunday. Kentucky owns the country’s longest active winning streak at 24 games. Two teams will have a chance to match the Broncos before they play again Saturday.
BRONCO WIN STREAK(S): Boise State is on an eight-game winning streak for just the seventh time in school history and the third time in the Leon Rice era. Both previous streaks under Rice halted at eight games. Only three times have the Broncos extended a win streak to nine games, including the school-record 10-game win streak in 1987-88 (since joining Division I). The last time a Boise State squad won nine in a row was 1991-92. This is the second significant stretch of victories this season. The Broncos enjoyed a six-game streak, Dec. 6 through Dec. 22. These mark the 18th and 19th times Boise State has rattled off six straight wins since becoming a Division I program (1970-71). It is the sixth such streak under fifth-year head coach Leon Rice.
RECEIVING RECOGNITION: Boise State earned four points in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll. It is the first time the Broncos appeared in the ‘others receiving votes’ section this season. Boise State has never been ranked in the Associated Press Poll or the coaches poll.
BUBBLE WATCH: Boise State is featured in the most recent editions of nearly every “Bubble Watch” website regarding teams in the hunt for the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos are listed among Joe Lunardi’s ‘first four out’ on ESPN.com. According to BracketMatrix.com, which tracks 85 mock brakcets, Boise State is in the field on 13 of the brackets with an average seed line of 11.
WINNING WHEN IT MATTERS: Boise State has won a school-record eight straight conference games. The previous record of seven consecutive conference wins was accomplished three times while the Broncos were members of the Big Sky. 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 the postseason.
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