Broncos Host Ranked Aztecs on Senior Night
DATE: Wednesday; Feb. 29, 2012
TIME: 8 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho / Taco Bell Arena (12,480)
TV: The Mtn.
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network / BroncoSports.com

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team enters the final week of the regular season, playing host to No. 21/23 San Diego State Wednesday, at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off between the Broncos (13-14, 3-9 MW) and Aztecs (22-6, 8-4 MW) is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be nationally-televised by The Mtn.

The Broncos will close the regular season Saturday at New Mexico. The game will be nationally-televised by NBC Sports Network at 2 p.m.

SENIOR DAY: Boise State will honor seniors Tre’ Nichols and Westly Perryman prior to the game against the Aztecs. The seniors have combined to play 121 games since joining the Broncos, including 42 starts.

TV INFORMATION: The game will be broadcast nationally by The Mtn., one of 11 Bronco games on the network this season. The channel is carried by the following local providers: DIRECTV (616) and Cable One (329).

Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Joe Cravens

RADIO INFORMATION:
Boise State’s game will be broadcast live on the Bronco Sports 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

THE SERIES:
Prior to this season, the only previous meeting between the Broncos and Aztecs was played more than 35 years ago. San Diego State defeated Boise State 79-68 in San Diego, Dec. 16, 1976.

EARLIER THIS SEASON: For the second time in three games, the Broncos had a ranked opponent in their site. Unfortunately, for the second time, their foe escaped with a win. Then-No. 17 San Diego State claimed a 58-56 victory Feb. 1 at Viejas Arena, as Thomas Bropleh’s 3-pointer as time expired went in and out.

Anthony Drmic and Tre’ Nichols each scored 17 points to lead Boise State, and Derrick Marks chipped in 12.

After a 12-point, second-half advantage had been erased, Boise State clawed back to within a single point three different times within the game’s final 30 seconds, but ultimately ran out of time.

AN EXTRA DAY FOR A WIN?: Leap year comes every four years, but a Bronco basketball game on Leap Day comes just once every 20 years. Boise State will be playing on Leap Day for just the third time in school history. The last time the Broncos played on Feb. 29, the team defeated Montana State at home (90-75) in 1992. The Broncos also fell to Idaho State (94-78) on the road in 1972.

RANKED OPPONENT HISTORY: For just the second time in school history, the Broncos will host two ranked teams at Taco Bell Arena in the same season. The Broncos hosted No. 9 Washington State and No. 20 BYU  in 2007, going 1-1.

The Broncos have hosted 11 ranked teams all-time at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State - 4-7 all-time at home against ranked opponents - has defeated two of the last three ranked teams to come to Boise, knocking off No. 20 BYU (73-70) in 2007 and No. 21 Utah State (66-56) in 2009. The third, No. 12 UNLV, was taken to overtime earlier this season.

Boise State is 5-31 all-time against ranked opponents.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Anthony Drmic passed a pair of Bronco legends last week, moving into fourth place on Boise State’s all-time single-season freshman scoring list. Drmic, who now has 312 points in his debut season, passed Chris Childs (300; 1985-86) and Coby Karl (309; 2003-04). Drmic, the highest-scoring Bronco freshman in 18 years, needs 26 points to tie Steve Shepherd (338; 1993-94) for third place.

FRESHMEN STARTS: Boise State has a combined 45 starts by freshmen this season, breaking the school record set in both 1989-90 and 1993-94 (38).

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