Broncos, No. 24 Wolf Pack Play for 1st
Feb. 13, 2018
Boise State (20-5, 10-3) vs. Nevada (21-5, 10-2)
Nevada was recently ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ Polls. The last time the Broncos faced a ranked opponent at Taco Bell Arena was Dec. 12, 2015 against No. 24 Oregon. Boise State won that game, 74-72.
ESPNU: The game will broadcast on ESPNU with Drew Fellios (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) on the call.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Wednesday’s game will broadcast 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 8:30 p.m.
ABOUT NEVADA: Averaging 82.9 points per game (No. 2 in MW), the Wolf Pack have excelled offensively in large part due to their success from behind the 3-point line, making 39.6 percent of their treys (No. 23 in NCAA). They have also managed to limit opponent threes, as their opposition is shooting just 31.0 percent from behind the arc (No. 21 in NCAA).
Caleb Martin is the No. 2 scorer (19.4 ppg) in the conference behind Chandler Hutchison (20.3 ppg). Nevada’s Jordan Caroline (8.8 rpg) leads the way on the glass while Lindsey Drew (4.4 apg) is No. 2 in assists in the MW.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE WOLF PACK: Boise State received 27 points from Chandler Hutchison and Chris Sengfelder (12 points, 10 rebounds) picked up his eighth career double-double, but the Broncos came up short in Reno on Jan. 21, falling 74-68 in a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes.
The Wolf Pack lead the all-time series 43-27 and have the won the last three meetings.
HISTORY AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: The Broncos are 8-47 and 5-10 at home against ranked opponents in the AP Top 25. The last matchup against a ranked opponent was Dec. 12, 2015 when the Broncos took down No. 24 Oregon, 74-72. The last home victory against a ranked conference opponent came, coincidentally, on Valentine’s Day nine years ago when the team defeated No. 21 Utah State (66-56) in 2009.
CLASH FOR THE MW LEAD: With Boise State in second place and just a half-game behind of Nevada for the conference lead, the winner of Wednesday’s game will take over the top spot in the Mountain West. The last time that first and second-place teams in the league standings squared off at Taco Bell Arena was Jan. 14, 2016 when the Broncos hosted San Diego State. Both teams were tied for first with 4-0 records entering the night.
HUTCHISON AN ELITE, UNIQUE TALENT: Chandler Hutchison (20.3, 7.6 rpg, 3.4 apg and 1.3 spg) is one of eight players in NCAA Division I who is leading a team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Of those eight teams, only two have winning records while Boise State is the only team to have 20 wins. In terms of combined individual and team success, the Blue and Orange and Hutchison are in a class of their own.
13-0 AT TACO BELL ARENA: With a 13-game winning streak at Taco Bell Arena, Boise State has the longest home winning streak in the Mountain West along with the streak being tied for 11th longest in NCAA Division I. The Broncos’ 13 consecutive home victories ties the school record for the longest home winning streak in a season, joining the 1997-98 team and its 13-0 home record on the season. The school record for most home wins in a season is 16 (1986-87; 16-1).
The longest winning streak spanning across multiple seasons in program history was a 19-game streak from March 2, 1997 – Jan. 17, 1999.
SENGFELDER PLAYING WELL: Chris Sengfelder has been excellent in Mountain West play, as he is No. 2 on the team in points (11.3 ppg) and rebounds (6.7 rpg) through 13 conference games. The senior forward has taken his game to another level in the past month, as well, as he is averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the last five contests.
He began that stretch of superb play with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) against the Wolf Pack in Reno on Jan. 20.
REBOUNDING NO MATTER WHAT: The most consistent stat throughout the season for the Broncos has been their ability to rebound the basketball at an extremely high level. Boise State is No. 9 in NCAA Division I with a +7.7 average rebounding margin.
The Broncos recently outrebounded Utah State last Saturday 35-25 (+10), its 10th game this season outrebounding an opponent by 10 or more.
BOUNCE BACK ABILITY: With last Saturday’s game against Utah State resulting in just the fifth loss of the season, Boise State will look to rebound and maintain its streak of not losing back-to-back games this season. The last time the program maintained such a streak throughout an entire season was 1998-99.
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