Broncos Look for Third-Straight Win Saturday


DATE: Saturday; Feb. 18, 2012
TIME: 2 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho / Taco Bell Arena (12,480)
TV: The Mtn.
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network /

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will continue its second run through the Mountain West at home Saturday, hosting TCU at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off between the Broncos (12-12, 2-7 MW) and Horned Frogs (15-10, 5-4 MW) is scheduled for 2 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: Andrea Lloyd

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

Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson

THE SERIES: The Broncos and Horned Frogs have split the two games played in the all-time series, with TCU winning earlier this season and Boise State posting a 69-43 victory at the Wolf Pack Classic in Reno, Nev., Dec. 23, 1977.

The Broncos let a double-digit lead slip away in the second half, as TCU grabbed a 54-52 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Jan. 21.

Derrick Marks, making his first-career start, scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds. Thomas Bropleh chipped in 10 points and Anthony Drmic recorded nine points and seven rebounds, and led the team with four assists and three steals.

REDEMPTION RUN: After going 0-7 through the first run as a member of the Mountain West, the Broncos have already avenged their first two losses in the second go-round. Boise State is 2-0 in its second run, defeating Air Force on the road (72-61) and Colorado State at home (70-69).

Boise State has a combined 36 starts by freshmen this season, two short of the school record set in both 1989-90 and 1993-94.

Saturday’s game against TCU will mark second-year head coach Leon Rice’s 60th game with the Broncos, and nearly a quarter of them have been decided by three-or-fewer points (14-of-59; .237). Boise State is 7-7 under Rice in games decided by three points or less, and 2-2 in overtime games. Including freshman guard Derrick Marks’s coast-to-coast lay-up with 0.8 seconds remaining against Colorado State (Feb. 15) – which sent the Broncos to a 70-69 win – Rice has led the Broncos to four victories in the waning seconds of a game. Others include:

- A 102-101 road victory over San Jose State in quadruple overtime Jan. 6, 2011, when La’Shard Anderson hit two free throws with 35 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.
- A 78-76 overtime road victory over UC Santa Barbara in an ESPNU BracketBuster game Feb. 19, 2011, when Anderson hit a lay-up as time expired.
- An 83-80 victory over Austin Peay in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational, March 15, 2011. Anderson’s lay-up with 0.1 seconds remaining gave the Broncos an 81-80 lead before the Governors called a timeout with none left, allowing Paul Noonan to hit two FTs to provide the final margin.

BUCKNER IN THE MIDST OF HISTORY: Boise State redshirt junior center Kenny Buckner has made 87 of his 144 field goal attempts in his debut season with the Broncos, a shooting percentage of .604. The mark currently ranks ninth all-time in Boise State single-season history, and is the best mark since Kurt Cunningham went 134-of-199 (.673) in 2008-09.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Boise State freshmen Anthony Drmic (12.4) and Derrick Marks (9.0) are the two highest-scoring freshmen in the Mountain West this season. Drmic (5.0) and Marks (3.3) also rank first and fourth, respectively, in rebounding amongst conference freshmen.
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