Broncos Ready for MW Quarterfinal
March 7, 2017
THE GAME: Boise State will open its run at the Mountain West Championship Thursday, at 8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT, in the quarterfinals against the winner of San Diego State and UNLV. The Broncos (19-10, 12-6 MW) are the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
WATCH: The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Channel Finder: DirecTV 221, Dish 158, Cable ONE 139/1139.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Thursday's quarterfinal game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 9 pm MT. The broadcast can also be heard live online at BroncoSports.com.
BRONCOS AT MW CHAMPIONSHIP: Boise State is 3-5 all-time at the Mountain West Championship, advancing as far as the semifinals (2014 and 2015). The Broncos were the No. 3 seed last season, falling in the quarterfinals to Colorado State.
HISTORY UNKIND: The No. 3 seed is 13-16 all-time at the MW Championship (8-9 in the quarterfinals). Utah’s 2004 title is the only championship for a No. 3 seed.
THE GRASS IS GREENER: Boise State posted a combined record of 8-0 against the five teams on its side of the bracket. The Broncos were 4-6 against the five teams in the other half of the bracket.
ALL-MW: Chandler Hutchison and Paris Austin both earned All-Mountain West recognition. Hutchison was voted to the first team by the coaches and the second team by the media. Austin was honorable mention in both polls. Boise State has landed a first-team selection each of the last three seasons.
GUNNING FOR 20: With one more victory, Boise State will secure another 20-win season. The Broncos have won 20 games in five of Leon Rice’s first six seasons, including each of the last four. Prior to Rice’s arrival, Boise State had seven 20-win seasons and no more than three in a row. Nationally, 25 schools have clinched a fifth-straight 20-win season, with Boise State among nine that can still reach the plateau.
UPPER ECHELON: This is the 11th time in program history Boise State will enter a conference tournament as one of the top three seeds. It is the fourth time in Leon Rice’s seven seasons as head coach.
TOP-THREE SEED: It is the third consecutive season the Broncos earned a top-three seed. This marks the second time in school history the Broncos have been a top-three seed in three consecutive seasons (1987-89; Big Sky). It is the ninth time in Mountain West history a program has earned a top-three seed in at least three straight seasons. Boise State is the only school with an active such streak.
11 MW WINS: Boise State is the only Mountain West school to win at least 11 conference games each of the last three seasons. It is the fifth time in MW history a program has won at least 11 league games three consecutive years (BYU, 2006-11; New Mexico 2008-10; San Diego State 2009-11 and 2014-16).
BREAK OUT THE BROOM: Boise State swept seven of its 10 regular-season series, including five two-game series. The Broncos earned two wins against Air Force, Colorado State, San Jose State, Utah State and Wyoming, while earning a win in their lone regular-season meeting against San Diego State (home) and UNLV (road). It is the first two-game season sweep of the Rams in program history. It is the second time in school history the Broncos have swept the Aggies, also doing so last season.
ROAD WINS: Boise State went 6-3 in Mountain West road games, tying the school record for conference road wins. It is the sixth time in program history the Broncos have won six road games in league play and second under Leon Rice.
COMING IN HOT: Boise State finished the regular season strong, posting a 98-70 win at Air Force (March 4), including some of the best statistical performances in recent history:
• 98 Points- Boise State’s season-high 98 points are the most the Broncos have scored in a Mountain West game. It is the most Boise State has scored in a conference game since a 102-101 quadruple overtime win at San Jose State (Jan. 6, 2011, in the WAC). It is the most points scored in a conference game in regulation since beating New Mexico State 104-92 March 2, 2009, in the WAC.
• 20 Triples- Boise State made 20 three-pointers, setting the school record and tying the Mountain West record
• 64.2 Percent- The Broncos shot 64.2 percent from the floor (34-for-53), the best shooting percentage in Leon Rice’s tenure as head coach. It is the best field goal percentage since shooting 70.3 percent against Montana Tech (Nov. 21, 2007), and the second best field goal percentage since 1991.
• 23 Assists- Boise State registered 23 assists on its 34 field goals at Air Force. The 23 assists are the most since Jan. 5, 2013 (26 vs Walla Walla) and the second most in Leon Rice’s tenure.
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