MW Crown on the Line in Home Finale
March 6, 2015
Saturday, March 7 vs Fresno State 6 p.m. MT
THE GAME:Boise State men's basketball closes the regular season with a chance to clinch at least a share of the Mountain West title and the No. 1 seed in the MW Championship. The Broncos (23-7, 13-4 MW) host Fresno State (15-15, 10-7 MW) at 6 p.m. MT,at Taco Bell Arena. With a win, Boise State will claim its first Mountain West championship and sixth regular-season crown in any conference. The last championship was a shared title in 2007-08 (Western Athletic Conference).
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 streamed live on ESPN3, via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app with participating television or internet providers.
Play-by-Play: Ari Wolfe
Analyst: Kevin Lehman
SOLD OUT: Tickets for Saturday's game are sold out to the general public. As of Friday afternoon, a small number of student tickets remained available to be picked up. It is the second Bronco home game this season that has sold out to the general public (San Diego State, Feb. 8). The will call window at Taco Bell Arena will open early Saturday, to alleviate lines. Fans can begin picking up tickets at 1 p.m.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs come to Boise riding a three-game winning streak, having clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament with their victory Wednesday, against Air Force. Marvelle Harris leads Fresno State in scoring and rebounding and assits, averaging 17.1 points, 5.1 boards and 3.8 helpers per game.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series 19-17. Fresno State won the first meeting of the year 70-64, Feb. 14, in Fresno, Calif. The Bulldogs are the only team to beat the Broncos since Jan. 10.
CONFERENCE TITLE HISTORY: With a win, Boise State would clinch at least a share of the MW regular-season title. The Broncos have won five regular-season championships in program history. Four of the previous five were shared titles, with the 1987-88 Big Sky crown being the lone outright championship. Boise State's shared titles came in 2007-08 (WAC), 1998-99 (Big West), 1988-89 (Big Sky) and 1975-76 (Big Sky).
NO. 1 SEED HISTORY: With a win, Boise State would clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Mountain West Championship. The Broncos have entered a conference tournament as the top seed three times in program history. The most recent occurrence was the 1999 Big West Tournament, Boise State was also the No. 1 team in the 1988 and 1989 Big Sky Tournaments. The Broncos are guaranteed to enter the MW Championship as at least the No. 2 seed.
SENIOR NIGHT: Saturday will mark the final home game for five Boise State seniors. Igor Hadziomerovic, Joe Hanstad, Rob Heyer, Derrick Marks and Jake Ness will be honored before the game. The four-year class has a record if 78-48, including a 49-11 mark at Taco Bell Arena.
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 100 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.
LEAGUE LEADER: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in scoring at 19.8 points per game. Marks is averaging 21.8 points per game in conference play, also the top mark in the Mountain West. The second-leading scorer in conference play (J.J. Avila, Colorado State) is averaging 18.3 points per game.
100 WINS: Leon Rice picked up his 100th win as Boise State's head coach, March 4, at San José State. Rice became the fourth Bronco head coach to reach 100 wins at the school and the first to do so in just five seasons. He accomplished the feat in his 161st game 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.
23 AND COUNTING: Boise State has won 23 games this season with at least two contests remaining. The 23 wins are tied for the third most in program history. It is also Leon Rice's highest single-season win total. The school record for wins in a season is 25, accomplished in 2007-08.
RETURNING THE FAVOR: Twelve times in the last three seasons Boise State has dropped the first game of a conference series. The Broncos are 9-2 in the return games, going 4-1 in 2012-13, 3-1 in 2013-14 and 2-0 so far in 2014-15. Fresno State returns to Boise Saturday, as the third and final opportunity for a revenge game this season.
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