The Boise State men's basketball team is looking to accomplish a feat that has yet to be done all season, post back-to-back conference wins. After beating out Louisiana Tech on the road, the Broncos now travel to Las Cruces where they will take on the second-seeded team in the WAC, New Mexico State. The two are scheduled to face off Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:05 p.m. (MT) at the Pan American Center.
The Broncos enter Saturday's game trailing the all-time series against the Aggies, 9-13, but are 4-8 under head coach Greg Graham. Similar to the all-time record under Graham, Boise State is 2-4 in games played at the Pan American Center since he took over the program at the start of the 2002-03 season.
However, leaning in favor of Boise State is the fact that the Broncos have won the last two games that have been played down in Las Cruces after beating out the Aggies 104-92 last season, and again in 2008 when the Broncos won the conference championship in a thrilling 107-102 triple overtime win over NMSU on its home floor.
New Mexico State is currenlty on a three-game winning streak, and have won five straight at the Pan American Center. In fact, the last time the Aggies lost at home dates back to Jan. 4 when they fell 67-77 to Nevada. On the season, NMSU is 11-3 overall and 6-1 against conference opponents in games played on its home floor.
About New Mexico State...
Sophomore forward Troy Gillenwater posted the lone double-double of the game at Pacific, Feb. 20, with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He now has three double-doubles this season. Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman leads the Aggies with six double-doubles along with junior forward Wendell McKines who earned his sixth double-double Feb. 24 against Idaho with 12 rebounds and 11 points.
Sophomore guard Hernst Laroche recorded his second 100-assist season with the Aggies when he tossed a pair of assists in the win at Pacific, Feb. 20. He now has 103 assists this season after he recorded 139 in his freshman campaign. Laroche is the first Aggie to record back-to-back 100-assist seasons since Billy Keys accomplished the feat in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
The Aggies are winning close games this season. In 2009-10, NM State is 6-0 in games decided by five points or less. The Aggies are also 16-0 when they have a better field goal percentage than their opponents and 9-0 when they shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
As a team, NM State is a lethal threat from the 3-point line and the Aggies average 8.7 makes per game. Ironically, twice this season the Aggies have gone 3-for-20 from beyond the arc and they have won both games (at UTEP and Hawai'i).
All-Time Series Notes Against New Mexico State...
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 New Mexico State leads 13-9 ... The Aggies lead the overall series between the teams, in addition to owning a 6-4 advantage in games played in Las Cruces.
Coach Graham vs. New Mexico State: Since taking over the helm of the program, Coach Graham owns a record of 4-8 all-time against the Aggies ... In fact, last season, Boise State swept the series with New Mexico State during the regular season, but fell to the Aggies during the quarterfinals of last year's WAC basketball tournament.
Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: Boise State owns an all-time record of 134-145 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 66-57 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men's basketball program.
Last Time vs. New Mexico State: Jonathan Gibson scored 26 points to lead New Mexico State to an 88-85 victory over Boise State ... Gibson connected on four 3-point baskets, including one from the left baseline with one minute remaining, to put New Mexico State ahead to stay. The victory was the Aggies' sixth in seven games ... Boise State had a chance to force overtime but missed three 3-point shots in the final 17 seconds. Anthony Thomas' last-second attempt with two New Mexico State defenders draped on him didn't draw rim ... Jahmar Young added 19 points for New Mexico State, which made 13 3-point baskets and shot 55.2 percent overall ... Robert Arnold
Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...
Radio: KIDO (580 & 630 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 Saturday against the Aggies will be available on KTVB's 24/7 network as they will be airing New Mexico State's broadcast of the game.
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. scored 26 points to lead Boise State. The Broncos scored 11 consecutive points to take an 85-81 edge with 1:53 to play and kept the lead until Gibson's decisive 3.