Broncos Host Rams Looking for Fourth-straight Win
DATE: Saturday; March 2, 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 fourth-consecutive win when it hosts Colorado State at Taco Bell Arena Saturday (March 2). The Broncos (19-8, 7-6) and Rams (22-6, 9-4) are slated to tip at 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State has won three of the 10 games played all-time between the schools, and is 1-2 against Colorado State since joining the MW. The Broncos are 3-1 at home, including wins in each of the last two meetings at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State won the only league game played at home, knocking off the Rams 70-69, Feb. 15, 2012. Colorado State won the previous meeting this season in Fort Collins, Colo. (77-57), Jan. 30.
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
BLACK OUT: For the first time in school history, the Boise State men’s basketball team will host a Black Out at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos will wear all-black uniforms against Colorado State (March 2; 6 p.m.), and Boise State is encouraging all fans to do the same.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State, now 12-1 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 five-straight at home.
Boise State has already guaranteed itself its best home record since 2008-09 (13-3). Were Boise State to win its final two regular-season home games, it would be the best home mark since going 13-0 in 1997-98. If the Broncos split the final two home games, it would mark the best record since 2006-07, when the team also went 13-2.
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 35-10 (.778) at home under Rice.
LOOKING FOR 20: At 19-8, Boise State is one win away from notching the 10th 20-win season in school history – and just the ninth since joining Division I in 1970-71. Two of the seasons would have come under head coach Leon Rice, who would be the first head coach in school history to win 20 games in two of his first three seasons.
FOUR STRAIGHT?: Boise State has won three-consecutive conference games for just the second time since joining the Mountain West, and for the first time since February of 2012. With a win over Colorado State Saturday, the Broncos would post four-straight wins in league play for the first time since winning five straight in the Western Athletic Conference in 2010-11 (Feb. 10 through March 5).
IMPROVED DEFENSE: Although the Broncos rank sixth in defensive field goal percentage (.447) and seventh in defensive scoring average (67.8) in conference play, the Broncos have been markedly improved the last four games. During the stretch, Bronco opponents are shooting just 37.8 percent from the field (70-of-185) and scoring 58.8 points per game.
For the sake of comparison, Wyoming leads the league in scoring defense during conference games (59.6), and New Mexico leads MW schools in defensive field goal percentage (.385).
20-POINT STREAKING: Anthony Drmic has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games, averaging 25.7 points during the stretch. He has moved into first place on the Mountain West’s scoring list for league games, averaging 18.5 points per league contest.
ATTENDANCE INCREASE: With three regular-season games left to play at Taco Bell Arena, the Broncos have already eclipsed their entire attendance total from last season. Boise State has had a total of 74,211 fans in 13 games this season, compared to 69,871 fans in 16 games last season. The Broncos averaged 4,367 last season, and the number has increased to 5,709 in 2012-13.
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