Air Force Ahead in Regular-Season Finale
March 7, 2014
What: Boise State at Air Force
When: Saturday, March 8 | Noon (MT)
Where: USAFA, Colo. | Clune Arena
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THE GAME: Boise State (19-11, 9-8 MW) closes the regular season Saturday, with a game at Air Force (11-17, 5-12 MW). Tip is at noon (MT). A win gives the Broncos the No. 4 seed in the MW Tournament.
TV INFORMATION: The game will be televisded by ROOT Sports Northwest and Rocky Mountain. A live stream will be available on the Mountain West Network in areas ROOT is unavailable.
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.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads 4-2. The schools have split each of the first two series as Mountain West foes. The Broncos won the first game this season, 69-58 The home team won both games last season after they traded road wins the year before.
TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS: Boise State will clinch the No. 4 seed in the Mountain West Tournament with a win Saturday. The rest of the scenarios become more complicated:
With a Boise State win, if Nevada defeats UNLV it will result in a three-way tie for third place between Boise State, Nevada and UNLV at 10-8. Nevada would earn the No. 3 seed, Boise State would be the No. 4 seed and would face No. 5 UNLV in the quarterfinals. If UNLV defeats Nevada, the Rebels will finish alone in third and the Broncos alone in fourth. With wins of their own, Wyoming and Fresno State would tie Nevada for fifth, in which case Wyoming would earn the No. 5 seed and face the Broncos. The Cowboys win any tiebreaker involving Nevada and/or Fresno State.
The result of any tie involving Boise State and Wyoming will be determined based on the winner of the New Mexico at San Diego State game. The Broncos own a win against the Lobos, while the Cowboys own a win against the Aztecs.
EXTRA POSSESSIONS: Ryan Watkins leads the nation in offensive rebounds at 5.06 per game and 152 total, putting him in elite company in recent NCAA history. Watkins is one of just 23 players with 150 offensive rebounds in a season since 1996-97. Only 11 have reached 160 in the same span. See a full list of the top-50 single-season offensive rebounding performances during the last 18 years on the back page of the game notes.
300 CLUB: Ryan Watkins has 325 rebounds on the season, the most rebounds in a season since Boise State joined Division I (1970-71). He is just the second Bronco to grab 300 boards in a season during that span. Reggie Larry had 313 rebounds in 34 games during the 2007-08 season.
STARTING HIS OWN CLUB: In Mountain West games this year, Ryan Watkins has 234 points and 213 rebounds. Watkins is the first player in Mountain West history to score 200 points and pull down 200 rebounds in a conference season.
GETTING TO FULL STRENGTH: Boise State has used five different starting lineups during the Mountain West season, in part because of injuries. Mikey Thompson missed the first meeting with Wyoming, Jeff Elorriaga did not play the second half of the game at UNLV, and missed the next two games. Anthony Drmic was forced to exit the game at Fresno State and was sidelined for the game at Wyoming.
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