First Place on the Line in San Diego
Feb. 27, 2015
Saturday, Feb. 28 at No. 24/22 San Diego State 5 p.m. PT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball meets No. 24/22 San Diego State Saturday, with first place on the line. Tip off is at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT at Viejas Arena, where the Broncos (21-7, 11-4 MW) have never won. The Broncos have won 11 of their last 12 games, including a Feb. 8 win against the Aztecs (22-6, 12-3 MW). San Diego State has not lost since then, winning its last four. It would be the Broncos’ fourth 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: Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPN2. In Boise, ESPN2 can be found on Cable ONE channel 134 (1134 HD), DirecTV 209 and Dish 144.
Play-by-Play: Kanoa Leahey
Analyst: Mo Cassara
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs have jumped into the top 25 at No. 24 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the coaches’ poll. They have won four consecutive games since falling at Boise State in the first meeting but sit in first place by one game, seeking their second straight regular-season conference title. San Diego State is scoring 69 points per game during its win streak after mustering just 46 against the Broncos. The Aztecs are limiting opponents to 37.7 percent shooting, including just 29.2 percent from three-point.
SERIES HISTORY: San Diego State leads the all-time series 8-2. Boise State is seeking its first road win in the series. The Broncos have already earned their first road wins in three Mountain West series this season. Boise State defeated San Diego State 61-46 in Boise (Feb. 8), in the first meeting of the season.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State beat New Mexico 76-65 Tuesday, to earn its first season sweep against the Lobos. Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 30 points, his sixth 30-point game of the year. Nick Duncan hit eight three-pointers on his way to a career-high 26 points. The Broncos have won seven consecutive home games.
PROLIFIC & CONSISTENT: Derrick Marks surpassed the 500-point plateau for the third consecutive season. Marks joins Tanoka Beard as the only Broncos to post three 500-point seasons. Marks enters Saturday with 523 points this year, tied for No. 11 in single-season history at Boise State.
LEAVING HIS MARKS: Senior Derrick Marks is in the midst of one of the greatest seasons in school history and it could lead him to the career scoring record. Marks enters Tuesday 131 points away from breaking Tanoka Beard’s school record of 1,944 points. If Marks breaks the record, he will score at least 654 points this season. That would rank No. 2 all-time at Boise State. The record is 661, accomplished by Reggie Larry in 2007-08 in 34 games. Only three times in school history has a Bronco averaged 20 points per game for an entire season.
IN SELECT COMPANY: Derrick Marks is one of two active players in Division I with 1,800 points and 350 assists in his career. Marks is joined by Keifer Sykes of UW-Green Bay.
MAKING 30 A HABIT: Derrick Marks is tied for the NCAA lead with six 30-point games. Marks is one of three players in the country to hit the 30-point plateau six times (Saah Nimley, Charleston Southern; Denzel Livingston, Incarnate Word). Just 10 players nationwide have scored 30 in four games this season.
CONFERENCE WINS: Boise State’s 11 conference wins are its most since joining the Mountain West. The Broncos have now recorded 11 or more wins in conference play six times in school history. The last occurrence was 2007-08, when Boise State won 12 games 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.
TAKING IT ON THE ROAD: Boise State has won four conference road games for the first time since joining the Mountain West and the 15th time in school history. The Broncos have won at least five road conference games six times, including the school record of six road wins four different times. The last time they won five league games away from home was 2010-11 and the last time with six such wins was 2007-08.
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