MW Tournament Opens Wednesday Against Spartans
March 11, 2014
What: No. 6 Boise State vs No. 11 San Jose State
When: Wednesday, March 12 | 7 p.m. (PT)
Where: Las Vegas | Thomas & Mack Center
THE GAME: Boise State (19-12, 9-9 MW) opens the Mountain West Tournament Wednesday, with a first-round game against No. 11 San Jose State (7-23, 1-11 MW). Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. (PT) at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
LIVE VIDEO: The game can be watched live, for free, on the Mountain West Network. Visit BroncoSports.com/videos/ for live, upcoming and archived games.
Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini
Analyst: Joe Cravens
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
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads 23-2. The Broncos and Spartans have never met in a conference tournament. This is the 11th season they have been in the same conference (10 years in the WAC and now one in the MW).
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Boise State is looking for its first win in the Mountain West Tournament. The Broncos lost in the quarterfinals each of their first two years in the conference, falling to San Diego State both years. Boise State is 1-5 in conference tournaments since winning the 2008 WAC Tournament Championship, its fifth conference tournament title. The Broncos won the Big Sky four times in addition to the one WAC championship.
WOLF PACK IN WAITING: The winner of the Boise State-San Jose State game will face No. 3 Nevada, Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (PT) in the quarterfinals. The Broncos and Wolf Pack split the season series.
ALL-MW AWARDS: Anthony Drmic and Ryan Watkins were named All-Mountain West Second Team. Derrick Marks earned honorable mention accolades. This is the second-straight year two Broncos were named to the second team. Drmic repeated the honor and it is the first-career conference award for Watkins.
DRMIC NAMED ALL-DISTRICT: Anthony Drmic was selected to the USBWA All-District VIII Team. District VIII encompasses all Division I schools in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Montana. Drmic becomes just the third Boise State honoree in the last decade. He is the first since Reggie Larry in 2007-08 and the first Bronco junior to earn the distinction since Coby Karl in 2005-06.
EXTRA POSSESSIONS: Ryan Watkins leads the nation in offensive rebounds at 5.1 per game and 158 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 337 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 scored 244 points and 225 rebounds. Watkins is the first player in Mountain West history to score 200 points and pull down 200 rebounds in a conference season.
MW REBOUNDING RECORD: Ryan Watkins broke the Mountain West single-season record for rebounds in conference games. Watkins had 225 rebounds in MW play. He surpassed Kawhi Leoonard's previous mark of 190 (2010-11), in game 16 at Wyoming. Watkins averaged 12.5 rebounds per game in MW play, matching the confrence record for rebounding average in MW games (12.5; Andrew Bogut, 2004-05).
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