Broncos Hit the Road to Battle Bulldogs

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The Boise State men’s basketball team takes to the road in their final conference road trip of the season as they make their way to Louisiana Tech to face the Bulldogs, Thursday, Feb. 25, with a tip time scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (MT).

The Broncos have struggled on the road this season as they are just 3-8 when away from their home court.In fact, Boise State is just 1-5 in conference road games, with its only win coming in a 77-67 overtime victory at in-state rival, Idaho. La Tech is currently on a two-game winning streak over the Broncos, and a loss to the Bulldogs would mark the first itme Boise State lost three straight to LT since the 2005-06 season.

It has always been a tough road trip for the Broncos as they are just 4-6 all-time in games played at Louisiana Tech. In fact, the Bulldogs have lost just one game at Thomas Assembly Center this season, owning a record of 10-1 on the season. The only game La Tech has lost at home came Jan. 30, when the Bulldogs fell 77-91 to New Mexico State, who is currenlty the second place team in the Western Athletic Conference.

However, the one thing that seems to be in Boise State’s favor entering Thursday night’s game is that Louisiana Tech has been trading off wins and losses the last eight games, and after beating Northeastern in an ESPN BracketBuster game, the Bulldogs are due for a loss if the streak were to continue.

About Louisiana Tech...

For the first time since 1991, Tech received votes in the AP poll. Later, they received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

Kyle Gibson scored a career-high 32 points with a career-best seven three’s against Fresno State, it was the most points scored by a Bulldog since Trey McDowell scored 33 against New Mexico State in 2007.

The 13 non-conference wins is the most NCAA Division I non-conference wins for Tech since recording 12 in 1989.

LA Tech’s double-overtime win over Centenary was the fi rst double-overtime game for Tech since Feb. 5, 2004 at Fresno State.

Its 102 points scored in a 102-96 win over Centenary was the most points scored by a Bulldog team since 2001 in a 102-86 win over Harding. That was also the last 100 point game.

Its 19-4 start is the best start to a season since the 1984-85 season.

The Bulldogs are outrebounding their opponents by 4.2 rebounds per game (37.6-33.5). Only nine times has Tech gotten less rebounds than their opponent, six of those resulted in a loss as they are 3-6 in that situation. They are 18-0 when outrebounding the other team.

All-Time Series Notes Against Louisiana Tech...

The All-Time Series:
  The series between the two schools has always been a close fight with each game coming down to the final minutes of play, which also rings true for the all-time series as Louisiana Tech leads 11-7 ... The Bulldogs lead the overall series between the teams, and have a 6-4 advantage at La Tech. 

Coach Graham vs. Louisiana Tech:  Since taking over the helm of the program, Coach Graham owns a record of 7-9 all-time against the Bulldogs ... In fact, last season, Boise State split the series with Louisiana Tech during the regular season, winning the battle on the Broncos home court ... Bosie State is currenlty on a two-game losing streak vs. La Tech.

Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: 
Boise State owns an all-time record of 133-145 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 65-57 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.

Last Time vs. Louisiana Tech:  For the second consecutive game Robert Arnold led the Broncos in scoring with 18 points, but his efforts weren’t enough as Boise State fell to Louisiana Tech, 64-79... Adding to Arnold’s point total was Anthony Thomas with 15, while senior Kurt Cunningham registered 10 points. Leading the way on defense for the Broncos was Ike Okoye as he grabbed 14 rebounds and registered 3 blocks and a pair of steals on the night ... While Boise State took advantage of Louisiana Tech’s turnovers, the difference in the game came on points in the paint and second chance points as the Bulldogs tallied 50 points to the Broncos 34 ... Magnum Rolle led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyle Gibson added 17. Also finishing in double-figures for La Tech was DeAndre Brown with 15 and Jamel Guyton with 13.

Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...

Radio:
  KIDO (580 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basketball great, Abe Jackson, provides commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.  In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.

Television:  The Broncos game on Thursday against the Bulldogs will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler and Abe Jackson.

Broncos on the Internet:  Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games.   By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.