Broncos Welcome New Mexico Tuesday Night
Feb. 23, 2015
Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs New Mexico 9 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball hosts New Mexico Tuesday, at 9 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (20-7, 10-4 MW) have won 10 of their last 11, including six straight at home. The Lobos (14-13, 6-9 MW) come in on a six-game slide. Boise State is seeking its first season sweep against New Mexico. It would be the Broncos’ third series sweep of the year. Boise State had two total season sweeps in its first three years in the Mountain West.
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.
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson
TV INFORMATION: Tuesday’s game will be televised by ESPNU. In Boise, ESPNU can be found on Cable ONE channel 136, DirecTV 208 and Dish Network 141.
Play-by-Play: Doug Sherman
Analyst: Craig Robinson
TICKETS: Single-game men’s basketball tickets start at $11 for adults, and are available to purchase online at BroncoSports.com/tickets or through the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office in person or by phone (208-426-4737).
ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos were 4-1 in Mountain West play when Boise State traveled to Albuquerque for the first meeting of the year, Jan. 18. The Broncos came away with a 69-59 win and have gone 8-1 since then. New Mexico is 2-7 since the loss, including a current six-game losing streak. On the year, the Lobos shoot 43.2 percent as a team and are limiting opponents to 30.5 percent from three-point range. Deshawn Delaney leads the team with 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
SERIES HISTORY: New Mexico leads the all-time series 6-2. Boise State has won two of the last three meetings. The Broncos picked up their first road win in the series earlier this season.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State rolled to a 78-46 win Saturday, against Nevada. Derrick Marks and James Webb III combined for 40 points on 17-of-23 shooting, as Webb led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds. The Broncos held the Wolf Pack to 36.5 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers. It was the eighth time this season Boise State allowed fewer than 50 points.
WEBB MW POW: Redshirt sophomore forward James Webb III was named MW Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 16-22. Webb averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game as the Broncos earned a road win at UNLV and rolled past Nevada at home. He was on the floor for 57:03 across the two games, during which Boise State outscored its opponents 96-56.
DEFENSE STEPPING UP: Boise State has held four of its last five opponents to fewer than 50 points. The Broncos have limited a school-record five conference foes to fewer than 50 points, including doing so against consecutive conference opponents twice. The last time the Broncos held consecutive conference opponents in the 40s was 1999. Boise State has held an opponent under 50 points 14 times in the Leon Rice era, eight of those games have come this season. The Broncos are 13-1 overall in those games, including a 7-1 mark this season.
20 WINS AGAIN: Boise State hit the 20-win plateau for the third year in a row and the fourth time in Leon Rice’s five years. It is just the second time in school history the Broncos have won 20 games in three consecutive seasons. Head coach Bobby Dye and guard Chris Childs led the Broncos to at least 20 wins in 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89. Since becoming a four-year institution (1968-69), the Broncos have recorded 12 20-win campaigns, including 11 such years since joining Division I (1970-71).
CONFERENCE WINS: Boise State’s 10 conference wins match are its most since joining the Mountain West. The Broncos have now recorded 10 or more wins in conference play 11 times in school history. The last occurrence was 2010-11, in Leon Rice’s first season as head coach and Boise State’s final year in the Western Athletic Conference. The school record for conference wins is 13. Boise State posted back-to-back 13-3 Big Sky records in 1987-88 and 1988-89.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State is 60-15 at Taco Bell Arena under head coach Leon Rice, including a 33-2 mark in nonconference games. Boise State has won 39 of its last 45 overall at home.
RPI RISING: Boise State is ranked No. 41 in the latest RPI released by the NCAA (Feb. 23). The Broncos are third among MW teams, behind No. 25 San Diego State and No. 26 Colorado State. Boise State has beaten both MW teams ahead of them. The Broncos have been boosted by six true road wins and three more neutral-site wins. The Broncos’ games against non-Division I opponents do not factor in the RPI.
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