Final Road Game Ahead at San Jose State
March 3, 2015
Wednesday,March4atSan Jose State7:15 p.m.PT
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball travels to San José State Wednesday, for its final road game of the regular season. The Broncos (22-7, 12-4 MW) are tied atop the Mountain West standings and in control of the conference title race with two games to play. The Spartans (2-26, 0-16 MW) are seeking their first conference win of the season. The game tips off at 7:15 p.m. PT and will be televised by ROOT Sports.
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: Wednesday's game will be carried on ROOT Sports. In Boise, ROOT Sports can be found on Cable ONE channels 27 and 431 (HD), DirecTV 687 and Dish Network 426. Other regional channels may be available in sports packages from satellite providers.
Play-by-Play: Ari Wolfe
Analyst: Marty Fletcher
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans are averaging 53.7 points per game while allowing 69.5. San José State shoots 35.5 percent from the floor as a team. Sophomore Rashad Muhammad leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Jaleel Williams is also in double figures at 10.9 points per outing, while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three-point range.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series 25-2. Boise State won the first meeting of the season 86-36, Jan. 21, in Boise. It is the Broncos' largest margin of victory in a conference game in school history.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State ended San Diego State's 29-game home win streak Saturday, with a 56-46 win. The Broncos finished the game on a 24-7 run over the final 9:42 to claim their first win at Viejas Arena and the season sweep. Derrick Marks led the way with 18 points while James Webb III added 16 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double.
FOUR POW AWARDS FOR MARKS: Derrick Marks was named MW Player of the Week for the fourth time this season March 2, following games from the week of Feb. 22-Feb. 28. He has earned the weekly honor eight times in his career and is the first MW player since Jimmer Fredette (BYU) to take home the honor three times in multiple seasons. Marks' eight career awards are tied for second in conference history, with Brandon Heath and behind only Fredette (15). Marks is ahead of an impressive list of six-time honorees: Andrew Bogut, J.R. Giddens, Drew Gordon, Kawhi Leonard and Luke Nevill.
RECEIVING RECOGNITION: Boise State earned 53 points in the most recent Associated Press Poll, ranking second among the teams just outside the top 25. It is the first time this season Boise State received votes in the AP Poll. The 53 points are the most on record for a Bronco team. Boise State also picked up 18 points in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. It is the fourth consecutive week the Broncos appeared in the `others receiving votes' section of the coaches' poll. Boise State has never been ranked in either poll.
ON THE DOORSTEP OF 100: Leon Rice has 99 career victories as a Division I head coach, all coming at Boise State. Rice is seeking to become the fourth Bronco head coach to reach 100 wins at the school and the first to do so in just five seasons. Wednesday will mark the 161st game with Rice at the helm. Bobby Dye (1983-1995) is the fastest to 100 wins, earning the milestone victory in his 160th game as head coach. Rod Jensen (1995-2002) and Greg Graham (2002-2010) also won 100 games at Boise State, reaching the triple digits in their 182nd and 178th games, respectively.
22 AND COUNTING: Boise State has won 22 games this season with at least three contests remaining. The 22 wins are tied for the fifth most in program history and it matches Leon Rice's highest single-season win total (2010-11). The schoolr record for wins in a season is 25, accomplished in 2007-08.
WINNING AWAY FROM HOME: Boise State has won 10 games away from Taco Bell Arena this season. The Broncos are one of 33 teams in the country with at least 10 wins away from home. Of those 32, they are one of just 12 to also rank in the top 30 of the RPI.
BREAKING BARRIERS: Boise State has seven road wins this season, including victories at New Mexico (Jan. 18) Utah State (Feb. 3), UNLV (Feb. 18) and San Diego State (Feb. 28). Prior to this year, the Broncos were 0-3 at New Mexico, 0-18 at Utah State, 0-4 at UNLV, and 0-4 at San Diego State. Boise State has now won at every MW venue and San José State is the only conference foe the Broncos have not beaten on the road while both teams have been in the MW. Boise State did not play at SJSU last season, the Spartans' first in the league.
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