The Boise State men’s basketball team continues its break from conference play as the Broncos play host to UC Davis in this year’s ESPN BracketBuster match-up. The game is scheduled for Saturday evening, with a tip-time of 7:05 p.m. (MT).
This season, the Broncos have found great fortune in their nonconference games, owning a record of 10-4 against opponents outside of the WAC. On the flip side of things, the Aggies have struggled outside of the friendly confines of the Big West as they have won just four nonconference games, with an overall record of 4-9 outside of league play.
In addition to their impressive record outside of league play, the Broncos have the advantage of playing on their home floor. While Boise State is just 7-6 at home this season, they are 6-1 at home when playing an opponent outside of the WAC conference.
Catch up on some quality family time by making it to Family Night at Bronco Basketball this Saturday night (Feb. 20th). It’s a steal of a deal as $35 gets you four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four cokes. That’s right, it’s not a typo, you get tickets and feed the whole crew for just $35. Just visit the box office on the night of the game or visit any select-a-seat outlet. Or, pre-order your tickets in order to go right to the entrance Saturday night by visiting www.idahotickets.com.
About UC Davis ...
Saturday’s game will be the third straight road game for UC Davis, which plays five of its final seven regular season games on the road.
Mark Payne is third in the Big West in scoring (16.4 ppg) and leads the conference in steals (2.42 spg). He is just 97 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He did not play on Feb. 10 against Pacific due to illness and is out indefinitely.
UC Davis entered the week in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big West with Cal Poly and Long Beach State.
Earlier this season, senior Dominic Calegari became the 16th Aggie to reach 1,000 career points. He moved past the milestone on Jan. 14 in his 100th career game. Junior Mark Payne is now just 97 points away from the same scoring plateau. In addition, Payne reached 400 career rebounds on Feb. 4 against Cal Poly.
Through 25 games, an Aggie has scored 20 or more points 17 times. Dominic Calegari leads the squad with nine such performances. Mark Payne has done it six times. Last year, UC Davis had a total of 15 such accomplishments in its 32 games. It was done nine times in 2007-08.
Joe Harden leads UC Davis with six double-doubles on the year and is tied for second in the Big West. He posted the first two at the BTI Tip-Off in mid-November before doing it again in three straight games from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. His latest double-double came on Feb. 6 against UC Santa Barbara with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
A total of nine Aggies have scored in double figures at least once this season. Dominic Calegari leads the group with 21 such performances while Joe Harden 18 double-digit games, while Mark Payne has 18 double-figure games.
All-Time Series Notes Against UC Davis...
The All-Time Series: For the first time in school history, the Broncos will take on the Aggies as Boise State has never faced UC Davis ... All-time, Boise State has faced off against a Big West opponent 69 times, owing a record of 42-27 against the conference ... The Broncos have not faced an opponent from the Big West since Boise State beat out Cal State Northridge, 84-75, on December 9, 2006.
Coach Graham vs. The Big West Conference: Since taking over the helm of the Boise State baksetball program, Graham has faced just one Big West opponent during his tenure and is a perfect 2-0 against the conference ... The only team from the Big West that has faced the Broncos in Cal State Northridge, but the two teams have not matched up against one another since the 2006-07 season.
Boise State in the Big West Conference: Prior to joining the Western Athletic Conference for the 2001-02 season, Boise State spent five seasons as a member of the Big West Conference ... The Big West has seen some changes since the Broncos were members of the league, as the conference consisted of the following teams: Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Texas, Pacific, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Utah State ... Nevada moved over to the WAC with Boise State in 2001-02, while Idaho, New Mexico State and Utah State joined during the 2005-06 season.
Last Time vs. Big West Opponent ...
Boise State 84, Cal State Northridge 75
December 9, 2006 - Los Angeles, Calif.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Nelson scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to spur Boise State to a 84-75 victory over Cal State Northridge ... Coby Karl also added 19 points for the Broncos, which earned its first road win of the season ... Boise State took advantage of its size as Cal State Northridge was without its starting center Thomas Shewmake. The Broncos scored 32 points in the paint and shot 54 percent from the field ... The Matadors had a slim 35-34 lead at halftime but went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half. The team also lost forward Calvin Chitwood who fouled out and played only 10 minutes. Two other players also fouled out ... Northridge was led by Jonathan Heard who led all scorers with a season-high 24 points.
Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...
Radio: KIDO (580 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basketball great, Abe Jackson, provides commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game. In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.
Television: The Broncos game on Saturday against the Aggies will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler and Abe Jackson.
Broncos on the Internet: Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.