Broncos Host Air Force Wednesday
DATE: Wednesday; Feb. 20, 2013
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will continue its second run through the Mountain West Wednesday (Feb. 20), hosting Air Force at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (16-8, 4-6) and Falcons (15-9, 6-5) are slated to tip at 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos and Falcons have each won two games in the all-time series, and split the two games played at Taco Bell Arena. Air Force won 91-80 earlier this season in Colorado Springs, Colo., and won 74-59 in Boise last season (Jan. 14, 2012).
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio 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
HOLDING COURT: Boise State, now 10-1 at Taco Bell Arena, won its first seven home games of the season before suffering its only loss to date - a 79-74 overtime setback to then-No. 19/21 New Mexico.
The Broncos, one of the nation’s final 50 undefeated teams at home in 2012-13, have won at least 10 games at Taco Bell Arena in each of Leon Rice’s first three seasons with Boise State. Boise State is 33-10 (.767) at home under Rice.
RANKING NOTES: The Broncos have received votes in both major polls twice this season. Although the team is not currently receiving votes, the Broncos are highly-ranked by a number of different outlets as of Feb. 18: No. 42 in the NCAA RPI, No. 42 in the CBSSports.com RPI and No. 42 in ESPN.com’s RPI.
Additionally, Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com had the Broncos as a No. 10 seed in his latest NCAA Tournament projections (Feb. 17). ESPN.com’s Bracketology had the Broncos in the “Next Four Out” category as of Feb. 15.
SCORING TANDEMS: Derrick Marks (16.7) and Anthony Drmic (15.8) combine to average 32.5 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league.
Nevada’s Malik Story (16.2) and Deonte Burton (16.2) rank second at 32.4 points per game, and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (16.9) and Chase Tapley (14.1) are third, averaging 31.0 points per game.
The duo is also the highest-scoring tandem in league games, averaging 33.8 points per game. Marks is averaging 17.4, ranking second in the league. And Drmic is averaging 16.4, ranking fifth.
The second-highest tandem in league games is Air Force’s Michael Lyons (19.2) and Mike Fitzgerald (13.2). The duo combines for 32.4 points per game.
TWO AT 15-PLUS: Derrick Marks (16.7) and Anthony Drmic (15.8) are each averaging more than 15 points per game in 2012-13. Boise State has not had a duo average more than 15 points in a season since 2007-08: Reggie Larry (19.4) and Matt Nelson (15.7).
Since 2007-08, one one player - La’Shard Anderson in 2010-11 (.15.1) - has average more than 15 points per game in a season at Boise State.
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range in 2012-13, leading the MW. The mark ranked 18th-nationally in games played through Feb. 17.
Boise State is averaging 7.75 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and was 37th-nationally (through Feb. 17).
The Broncos boast two of the league’s top 3-point shooters in Jeff Elorriaga and Anthony Drmic. Elorriaga leads the MW in both 3-point field goals percentage (.438) and 3-point field goals per game (2.86). The marks ranked 12th- and 20th-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through Feb. 17. Drmic ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage (.399) and tied for second in 3-point field goals made (2.46).
Drmic and Elorriaga have each led the MW in 3-point field goal percentage at one point this season.
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