Rams on Tap Wednesday
DATE: Wednesday; Feb. 15, 2012
TIME: 8 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho / Taco Bell Arena (12,480)
TV: The Mtn.
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will continue its second run through the Mountain West at home Wednesday, hosting Colorado State at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off between the Broncos (11-12, 1-7 MW) and Rams (15-8, 4-4 MW) is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be nationally-televised by The Mtn.
TV INFORMATION: The game is one of 11 Bronco broadcasts by The Mtn. this season.
Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game will be broadcast live on the Bronco Sports 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
THE SERIES: Since the first meeting Dec. 28, 1974, the Broncos and Rams have played eight times. Boise State trails 2-6 in the all-time series, but is 2-1 when playing at home.
EARLIER THIS SEASON: Westly Perryman scored a career-high 16 points to lead three Broncos in double figures, but Boise State fell to Colorado State 66-55 at Moby Arena, Jan. 17. Anthony Drmic added a career-high 12 rebounds for the Broncos, and Ryan Watkins (12) and Jeff Elorriaga (11) each scored 10-plus.
The Rams led by as many as 14 in the opening half on the heels of a 63.6-percent clip from the 3-point line (7-of-11). The Broncos scored the first five points of the second half, cutting their deficit to six (34-28), but the Rams ultimately extended their advantage to as many as 17 and held on for the win.
STARTING LINE-UPS: The Broncos have used 12 different starting line-ups during 2011-12, and each of the 12 players to see game action have started at least once. The last Boise State team to start every player to see the court was the 2000-01 squad. Boise State used just eight different combinations during Leon Rice’s debut season with the Broncos in 2010-11.
INJURY UPDATES: Sophomore guard Jeff Elorriaga fractured his thumb in the Broncos’ game at TCU (Jan. 21), and was expected to miss the rest of the season. He returned to the line-up against Air Force, Feb. 11.
Freshman guard Igor Hadziomerovic broke his foot in the week of practice leading up to Boise State’s game against Denver (Dec. 17). He suited up for the first time in the Broncos’ game against the Falcons.
AMONG THE CONFERENCE LEADERS: Anthony Drmic is one of only four players in the Mountain West - and the only freshman - to rank top 10 in the league in both scoring (12.5) and rebounding (5.1). The other three are Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, Mike Moser of UNLV and Leonard Washington of Wyoming.
Additionally, Drmic is the only freshman to rank in the Mountain West top 20 in scoring, and also leads all conference freshmen in rebounding, 3-point field goal percentage (.354) and 3-point field goals per game (2.32).
A NEW STANDARD: Anthony Drmic went 2-for-4 from the 3-point line against Air Force (Feb. 11), moving past Coby Karl (49; 2003-04) to claim Boise State’s all-time single-season record for 3-pointers by a freshman. Drmic now has 51 in his debut season with the Broncos.
10-PLUS: Five different Broncos scored in double figures against Air Force, the fourth time this season the team accomplished the feat. Boise State is 4-0 in such games, averaging a margin of victory of 30.3 points.
Included in the Air Force game were four starters. Boise State was 5-0 in nonconference play when three-or-more starters scored in double figures. The Broncos had three starters score 10-plus in two conference games prior to the match-up with the Falcons, but had lost both.
FREE THROW MARKSMEN: Tre’ Nichols’ streak of four-straight games in double figures came to an end against Air Force (Feb. 11), but he did go 9-for-9 from the free throw line. The performance is the best by a Bronco since Coby Karl went 10-for-10 against Idaho, Jan. 27, 2007, a span of more than five years.
Nichols contributed to a 21-of-25 performance at the line by the team, the best single-game free throw percentage this season (.840).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Boise State has had three different players record a double-double this season (Thomas Bropleh, Anthony Drmic and Ryan Watkins), the most since four players accomplished the feat in 2009-10.
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