BRONCOS TRAVEL TO PORTLAND STATE FOR ESPNU BRACKETBUSTER: For the first time since the Broncos became involved in the ESPNU BracketBuster games, the Boise State men’s basketball team (17-9, 7-5 WAC) will travel to its opponent, but will play on the west coast as the team heads to Portland State to take on the Vikings, Saturday, Feb. 21 with a scheduled tip time of 4:30 p.m. (PT), on ESPNU.
ABOUT THE PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (17-9, 8-5 WAC): Portland State is 17-9 on the season, but has lost four of the last six games ... All four losses have come on the road as the Vikings dropped games at Idaho State (79-68) and Weber State (78-68) last week ... PSU has won four straight home games and is 9-1 at home overall, and own a record of 22-2 when playing at home over the last two seasons ... Leading the way for the Vikings is Jeremiah Dominguez as he is averaging 12.3 points per game and has registered a team-high 45 teals on the season ... Three other members of the PSU team average in double-digits with Dominic Waters averaging 12.1 points, Phil Nelson with 11.4 points and Andre Murray with 11.1 points per game ... On the defensive side of the ball is Julius Thomas with 5.7 rebounds per game, while teammate Jamie Jones not only averages 5.2 boards a game, but leads the Vikings with 21 blocks.
LAST TIME AGAINST PORTLAND STATE (NOVEMBER 24, 2004): A cold-shooting first half was too much to overcome for Portland State as it lost its second preseason game of the year, 63-51, at Boise State ... The Broncos beat the Vikings in Boise for the second straight year. PSU dropped to 0-2, while Boise State improved to 3-1 ... The Vikings scored the first seven points of the game, but after that went ice cold ... PSU made just one field goal over the next 12 minutes - a three-pointer by Jake Schroeder - as Boise State scored 12 straight and eventually went on a 30-5 run ... A mini-run at the end of the half pulled PSU within 34-21 at halftime, but the Vikings hit just 6-22 from the field and 7-12 at the line ... Eight quick points by Blake Walker aided the Vikings in closing within 36-31 in the first four minutes of the second half. But, Jason Ellis rallied the Broncos with 11 points in the second half while the Viking never got on track offensively ... After PSU got within five, BSU quickly bumped the lead back to ten at 43-33 at the 14-minute mark. PSU never seriously threatened from that point ... The Vikings' 51 points were their fewest in 36 games, dating back to the 2002-03 season. PSU shot 18-52 from the field (34%) and 11-20 at the line (55%). Boise State hit 27-53 from the field for a 51% mark ... Antone Jarrell came off the bench for a team-high 11 points on 5-9 shooting. Seamus Boxley posted 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was the 14th double-double of his career ... Jermaine Blackburn had 17 points to lead the victorious Broncos.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE VIKINGS: Historically, the Broncos lead the all-time series 12-9 and are currently on a three-game winning streak ... The last time Portland State posted a win over Boise State was during the Broncos season opener during the 2001-02 season when the Vikings posted a 60-53 victory at Taco Bell Arena .... While Portland State may be 6-2 all-time against Boise State when playing in Portland, the Vikings have not won a home game against the Broncos since Dec. 14, 1980 ... Throughout the series the two teams have only gone into overtime on two occasions (1974-75; 2003-04) with Boise State coming out on top both times ... Since Portland State reinstated its basketball program in 1996-97, the two programs have met a total of five times, with Boise State owning a record of 5-1 ... Under coach Graham, the Broncos own a perfect record of 3-0 against the Vikings.
BOISE STATE WINS BIG OVER BIG SKY CONFERENCE: The Broncos earned their third win over a Big Sky team this season when they beat Eastern Washington, 57-48 ... The last time the Broncos fell to an opponent in the Big Sky was last season to Montana State, 84-86 ... This season, Boise State posted wins over Idaho State (92-84 OT), Montana State (74-61) and now Eastern Washington (57-48) ... All three of the Broncos wins over Big Sky opponents have come at home ... This marks Portland State’s first meeting with an opponent from the Western Athletic Conference this season.
RADIO: KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler providing the play-by-play. Former Boise State basketball player Abe Jackson handles color 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), Sun Valley (KYZK 107.5FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its first year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.
TELEVISION: Saturday’s ESPN BracketBusters game will be televised live on ESPNU. Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Drew Barry (analyst) will call the game. The producer is Chuck Scatterday and the director is Jeff Montoni.
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.
BRONCO OF THE WEEK: Senior Mark Sanchez led Boise State with 20 points in the Broncos 66-56 upset over No. 21 Utah State, snapping the nation’s longest winning streak ... The forward went 8-for-12 from the field, to shoot shot 66.6 percent on the night, in addition to going 4-for-6 from the line and adding four rebounds and a pair of assists ... The win also denied the Aggies a chance to clinch the conference title on the Broncos home court ... Earlier in the week, Sanchez recorded his seventh double-double of both this season and his career in the Broncos 82-88 loss at Fresno State ... Against the Bulldogs, the senior tallied a team-high 11 rebounds while adding 10 points, three assists and two steals ... On the week, the senior averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game ... After last week’s games, Sanchez currently ranks fourth in the WAC in defensive rebounds (5.38 rpg), fifth in rebounding (7.3 rpg), 10th in field goal percentage (.509) and 12th in scoring (12.8 ppg).