Road Matchup Against CSU Looms
Feb. 20, 2018
THE GAME: With only three Mountain West regular season games remaining, the Broncos (21-6, 11-4) will look to secure its sixth road win of the season when they visit Colorado State (11-17, 4-11) Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. MT in Fort Collins, Colo., at Moby Arena.
ESPN3: The game will broadcast on ESPN3 with Ari Wolfe (play-by-play) and Bill Herenda (analyst) on the call. Fans can watch the game through WatchESPN.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Wednesday's game will broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 6:30 p.m.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE: Nico Carvacho is the conference's leading rebounder at 10.2 rebounds per game and guides a Ram team that is sixth in the conference with a +2.6 rebounding margin average. Carvacho also is tied for fourth in the MW with 10 double-doubles.
Prentiss Nixon - the team's top scorer (15.5 ppg) - has recently returned from injury and leads a Colorado State offense that averages 72.3 points per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE RAMS: Boise State handily defeated Colorado State in what was the Mountain West opener for both teams at Taco Bell Arena on Dec. 27, 2017, as the Broncos won 93-71. Five Boise State players scored in double digits and Chandler Hutchison was the top scorer with 24 points, highlighting a game where the Blue and Orange shot 54 percent from the field.
The series between the two teams is tied 10-10 with Boise State winning the last three contests. The Broncos are 2-8 all-time on the road at CSU.
BACK ON TRACK: Boise State knocked down 14 threes - five of which came from Justinian Jessup - to highlight what was a solid, bounce-back 76-52 win against Air Force last Saturday. The Broncos were extremely efficient in shooting 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the field while holding the Falcons to 38.5 percent (20-of-52). Chris Sengfelder (17 points), Zach Haney (11 points) and Hutchison (11 points) joined Jessup as double-digit scorers.
PERFECT RECORDS WHEN...: The Broncos are 9-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. On the flip side, the team is also 10-0 when holding its opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field. Boise State met both of those benchmarks against Air Force and were rewarded with its biggest margin of victory in over a month.
LIFE FROM BEHIND THE ARC: Now with 264 3-pointers on the season, Boise State is currently tied for the third-most threes in single-season school history. The Broncos are just 33 3-pointers away from the school record (297) set in the 2014-15 season.
Justinian Jessup's 75 3-pointers puts him ninth as an individual in single-season school history, putting him 17 away from Abe Jackson's school record of 92 set in 2001-02.
Jessup's 75 triples are the second most for a Bronco sophomore in school history. Anthony Drmic's 80 from 2012-13 is the top mark.
HUTCHISON DOES IT AGAIN: Now with 510 points, 202 rebounds and 92 assists through 27 games, Chandler Hutchison has already posted just the second 500-point, 200-rebound, 75-assist season in school history. He produced the first last season in finishing 2016-17 with 557 points, 250 rebounds and 84 assists.
His point total from this season also gives him just the 21st 500-point season in school history, making him just the sixth Bronco to post two 500-points seasons, joining the likes of Tanoka Beard (1989-93), Roberto Bergersen (1996-99), Anthony Drmic (2011-16), Abe Jackson (1998-2002) and Derrick Marks (2012-15).
SENGFELDER OFF THE CHARTS: The senior has ramped up his play as of late, as he is averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent (47-of-81) from the field - including 50 percent (15-of-30) from three - over the course of his last eight games. With double-doubles in both games against Nevada, Chris Sengfelder has shown an ability to rise to the occasion in some of the most important conference games.
LOOKING FOR THE ASSISTS: Boise State is 12-1 this season when recording more assists than its opponent. With the 19 assists last Saturday against Air Force, the Broncos improved their record on the season to 10-0 when tallying 15 or more assists.
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