Bronco Men Look for Third-straight Win
DATE: Wednesday; Feb. 23, 2013
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will be looking for a third-consecutive win when it hosts Nevada Wednesday (Feb. 27) at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (18-8, 6-6) and Wolf Pack (12-14, 3-9) are slated to tip at 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State trails 21-39 in the all-time series, including a mark of 12-17 at home. Boise State lost this year’s previous match-up in Reno (75-59), and has lost three-straight at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos’ last home win over the Wolf Pack came Feb. 14, 2008 (77-68).
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game 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
HOLDING COURT: Boise State, now 11-1 at Taco Bell Arena, won its first seven home games of the season before suffering its only loss to date - a 79-74 overtime setback to then-No. 19/21 New Mexico (Jan. 16). Since the loss, Boise State has won four-straight at home.
The Broncos have won at least 10 games at Taco Bell Arena in each of Leon Rice’s first three seasons with Boise State. Boise State is 34-10 (.773) at home under Rice.
LOOKING FOR THREE: Boise State defeated Air Force (77-65) and Fresno State (72-63) last week, the team’s first back-to-back victories in conference play in 2012-13. Boise State will be looking for a third-straight league win Wednesday against Nevada, which would mark only the second time since joining the Mountain West that the Broncos have accomplished the feat. Boise State defeated Air Force, Colorado State and TCU in consecutive games in February of 2012.
FEBRUARY RECORD: With a pair of wins last week, Boise State guaranteed itself a winning record in the month of February for the first time in two years. Were the Broncos to beat Nevada, the team’s 5-2 record during the month would match the team’s record in 2011-12.
TWO AT 15-PLUS: Anthony Drmic (16.6) and Derrick Marks (16.0) are each averaging more than 15 points per game in 2012-13. Boise State has not had a duo average more than 15 points in a season since 2007-08: Reggie Larry (19.4) and Matt Nelson (15.7).
Since 2007-08, only one player - La’Shard Anderson in 2010-11 (15.1) - has average more than 15 points per game in a season at Boise State.
ASSISTS ALL AROUND: Derrick Marks recorded nine assists and just one turnover against Air Force (Feb. 20), and followed with seven assists and one turnover against Fresno State (Feb. 23). For the week, he recorded 16 assists and two turnovers.
The performance against the Falcons is tied for the best assist-turnover ratio in a league game in 2012-13, and the nine assists are tied for the fourth-most in a conference game this season.
Boise State recorded 22 assists on 29 made baskets against the Falcons, the team’s highest total in a league game since joining the Mountain West, and the most in a conference game since recording 24 against San Jose State, March 6, 2010.
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range in 2012-13, leading the MW and ranking 17th-nationally this season (through Feb. 24).
Boise State is averaging 7.81 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and was 36th-nationally (through Feb. 24).
MARKSMEN: The Broncos boast two of the league’s top 3-point shooters in Jeff Elorriaga and Anthony Drmic, each of whom has led the league in 3-point field goal percentage in 2012-13.
Elorriaga currently leads the MW in both 3-point field goals percentage (.447) and 3-point field goals per game (3.09). The marks ranked ninth- and 13th-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through Feb. 24. He is one of just 16 players in the country averaging three-or-more 3-point field goals per game.
Drmic ranks third in both 3-point field goal percentage (.390) and 3-point field goals made (2.38).
HIGH-SCORING BRONCOS: Boise State leads the Mountain West in scoring this season, averaging 73.9 points per game. The mark also ranked 40th-nationally in games played through Feb. 24.
The Broncos have scored 80-or-more points eight times this season, more than the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12 (five). In Leon Rice’s first season (2010-11), the Broncos recorded 10 games with 80-or-more points.
TAKING ADVANTAGE: As a team, the Broncos lead the Mountain West in free throw percentage (.746), and ranked 28th-nationally in the statistical category (through Feb. 24).
Boise State was a perfect 26-of-26 from the free throw line against Fresno State Jan. 23, a school and conference record, and the best performance in the NCAA since Washington State went 28-for-28 against Oregon, Jan. 17, 2009.
Boise State went 9-for-9 from the line against New Orleans earlier this season (Dec. 23), which at the time was the most attempted without a miss in school history, and the first perfect performance since going 5-for-5 against UTEP, March 5, 2005.
20-POINT GAMES: Anthony Drmic has 11 games this season with at least 20 points, the most by a Bronco since 2007-08 (Reggie Larry; 18). The total is the second-most in the MW in 2012-13 (12; Anthony Bennett, UNLV).
Derrick Marks (six), Jeff Elorriaga (two) and Ryan Watkins (two) each also have multiple 20-point games in 2012-13.
Kenny Buckner has one 20-point game in 2012-13. The five Broncos with 20-point outings are the most since 2009-10, when the Broncos also had five different players score 20-plus.
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