Red-Hot Broncos Host Rebels Saturday
Feb. 21, 2014
What: Boise State vs. UNLV
When: Saturday, Feb. 22 | 6 p.m. (MT)
Where: Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena
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THE GAME: Boise State (17-9, 7-6 MW) looks to avenge a last-second loss earlier this season when UNLV (17-9, 8-5) comes to Taco Bell Arena Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
TV INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Cable ONE channel 332 and 410 (HD), DirecTV channel 221 and DISH channel 158.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s games 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.
SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads 6-2. Boise State won last time the teams played at Taco Bell Arena, 77-72, Feb. 2, 2013. The first all-time meeting between the schools was in the 1976 NCAA Tournament.
TICKETS: Tickets to Saturday’s game can be purchased at the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office and the Taco Bell Arena Box Office. Prices are $20 -for adults, $18 for seniors and $14 for juniors (ages two through high school).
PARKING: The West Stadium Lot will be by permit only. Parking in the East Stadium Lot is open to permit holders and available to purchase for $5 on a single-game basis.
STRENGTH ON STRENGTH: Boise State enters Saturday as one of the top three-point shooting teams in the country (39.2 percent; No. 27 in the NCAA) and on a significant hot streak. In the last five games the Broncos are shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc (46-of-101). UNLV ranks sixth in the NCAA in three-point percentage defense, holding opponents to a 28.2 clip.
SUPER SOCIAL: Saturday’s game has been selected for CBS Sports’ Super Social Saturday event. It gives fans an increased opportunity to interact with the broadcast before, during and after the game, by using the hashtag #CBSSuperSocial on Twitter.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Ryan Watkins is one of 17 players in Division I averaging a double-double (10.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game). This is the latest point in a season a Bronco has averaged a double-double since at least the 1985-86 season (record of game-by-game statistics begins with the 1986-87 season). Only three times has a Boise State player averaged double-figure rebounds for an entire season, and only once has it happened since Boise State started competing at Division I (1970-71). Steve Wallace averaged 11.0 rebounds per game in 1971-72. Bill Otey averaged 17.3 in 1968-69 and 13.0 in 1969-70. Each also averaged double-figure scoring in those seasons and are the only Broncos to average a double-double at the end of a season.
BROPLEH’S BENCH PRODUCTION: Senior Thomas Bropleh has given the Broncos a spark off the bench for much of the season. Bropleh has scored in double figures in five of the last games, including the first such three-game streak of his career (Jan. 29-Feb. 5). He poured in 41 points in those three games, shooting 15-for-22 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from three-point range. After being shutout at Utah State (Feb. 8), he came back with 14 against New Mexico (Feb. 12) and 18 at Colorado State (Feb. 18), on 7-of-9 shooting. Bropleh has played in 120 games as a Bronco, hitting double figures in 21 of them. Seven have come this season, including five in the last six games.
FINDING THE OPEN MAN: Boise State had a season-high 21 assists (on 29 made shots) at Colorado State (Feb. 18). Over the last three seasons, the Broncos are 24-1 when they have at least 15 assists.
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