Broncos Close Regular Season at New Mexico
DATE: Saturday; March 3, 2012
TIME: 2 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Albuquerque, N.M. / The Pit/Bob King Court (15,411)
TV: NBC Sports Network
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team closes out its regular season Saturday, hitting the road to face New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. Tip-off between the Broncos (13-15, 3-10 MW) and Lobos (23-6, 9-4 MW) is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the game will be nationally-televised by NBC Sports Network.
TV INFORMATION: The contest is one of two regular-season Bronco games on the NBC Sports Network this season. The channel is carried by the following local providers: DIRECTV (603), DISH Network (151) and Cable One (326).
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Blaine Fowler
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: The Broncos and Lobos had not met prior to this season, the only league school Boise State had not previously played.
EARLIER THIS SEASON: Kenny Buckner led Boise State with 11 points and eight rebounds, but the Broncos shot just 31 percent - including 6-of-28 from behind the arc - as New Mexico handed them a 65-49 loss Feb. 4, at Taco Bell Arena.
Tre’ Nichols joined Buckner in double figures with 10 points, also adding a game-high five assists.
New Mexico began pulling away when it rolled off 13-consecutive points to take a 23-12 lead with 7:39 left in the first half. The Broncos trailed 32-27 early in the second half before the Lobos used a 13-3 surge to build the lead to 15 points.
STARTING LINE-UPS: The Broncos have used 13 different starting line-ups during 2011-12, and each of the 12 players to see game action have started at least once. The Broncos are one of three teams nationally to start every player who has seen game action.
The last Boise State team to start every player to see the court was the 2000-01 squad. Boise State used just eight different combinations during Leon Rice’s debut season with the Broncos in 2010-11.
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 322 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 16 points to tie Steve Shepherd (338; 1993-94) for third place.
Derrick Marks ranks eighth on the list after passing Trent Johnson (245; 1974-75) on the all-time list following his 13-point performance against No. 21/23 San Diego State, Feb. 29. Marks now has 255 points this season.
FRESHMEN STARTS: Boise State has a combined 47 starts by freshmen this season, breaking the school record set in both 1989-90 and 1993-94 (38).
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