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 / BroncoSports.com

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 BroncoSports.com.

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.