Broncos to Face Bulldogs Saturday in Fresno
DATE: Saturday; Feb. 23, 2013
TIME: 8 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center; 15,596)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will continue its second run through the Mountain West Saturday (Feb. 23), traveling to Fresno, Calif., to square off against Fresno State. The Broncos (17-8, 5-6) and Bulldogs (9-16, 3-9) are slated to tip at 8 p.m. (MT) at the Save Mart Center.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos lead the all-time series with the Bulldogs by a margin of 17-15, but are 5-10 when playing the Bulldogs on the road. The Broncos have won five of the last six games in the series, but lost the last meeting at the Save Mart Center (72-59; Jan. 2, 2012). Boise State’s last win at Fresno came Feb. 24, 2011 (70-56), when the teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State went 14-9 against the Bulldogs when the teams were WAC members.
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
EARLIER THIS WEEK: Boise State defeated Air Force 77-65 Wednesday (Feb. 20), the team’s first double-digit victory over a Mountain West foe this season, and the second such win since joining the league for 2011-12 (72-61, Air Force; Feb. 11, 2012).
SCORING TANDEMS: Derrick Marks (16.5) and Anthony Drmic (16.1) combine to average 32.6 points per game, the highest-scoring tandem in the league.
Nevada’s Deonte Burton (16.0) Malik Story (15.8) rank second at 31.8 points per game, and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (17.0) and Chase Tapley (13.5) are third, averaging 30.5 points per game.
The duo is also the highest-scoring tandem in league games, averaging 33.8 points per game. Drmic is averaging 17.0, ranking second in the league, and Marks is averaging 16.8, ranking fourth.
SCORING IN THREES: In addition to boasting the highest-scoring tandem in the Mountain West, the Broncos’ top three scorers are also outpacing the rest of the league. Derrick Marks (16.5), Anthony Drmic (16.1) and Jeff Elorriaga (10.4) are the highest-scoring trio in the league, combining for 43.0 points per game. The total accounts for nearly 60 percent of the team’s scoring (.581).
Wyoming’s three highest-scoring individuals rank second in the league (40.9), and Nevada’s top trio ranks third (39.7).
TWO AT 15-PLUS: Derrick Marks (16.5) and Anthony Drmic (16.1) 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.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND: Boise State recorded 22 assists on 29 made baskets against Air Force (Feb. 20), the team’s highest total in a league game since joining the Mountain West, and the most in a conference game since recording 24 against San Jose State, March 6, 2010. Included was a nine-assist performance by Derrick Marks, tied for the third-most in a conference game this season. Additionally, with just one turnover, the performance is tied for the best assist-turnover ratio in a league game in 2012-13.
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