Men's Basketball Season Starts with Two in LA
Nov. 12, 2014
Friday, Nov. 14 vs San Diego 3:30 p.m. PT
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball opens its 2014-15 campaign at the LMU classic in Los Angeles. The Broncos will face San Diego Friday, at 3:30 p.m. PT before taking on tournament-host Loyola Marymount Saturday, at 5 p.m. PT.
RADIO INFORMATION: Both games will air live on the radio. The Friday game will be carried by the Bronco Radio Network, while the Saturday game can be found on 93.1 FM in the Treasure Valley. Both broadcasts will be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.
Play-by-Play: Chris Lewis
Analyst: Abe Jackson
LIVE VIDEO: The game can be watched live, for free, on LMULions.com. Links can be found at BroncoSports.com, on the men's basketball schedule page.
USD SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series with San Diego 6-4. The last meeting was Nov. 19, 2010, a 65-60 Bronco win in San Diego.
LMU SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series history with Loyola Marymount 3-2. The teams last met in 2009. The last time Boise State played at LMU was Dec. 19, 2006, an 84-82 overtime loss for the Broncos.
SEASON OPENERS: Boise State is 27-19 all-time in season openers as a four-year school. The Broncos have won seven-straight season debuts. This is just the second time Boise State has opened its season on a neutral court. The other instance was Nov. 13, 2009, against Loyola Marymount in Missoula, Mont. The Broncos won 90-87.
SCORING LEADER: Anthony Drmic was Boise State's leading scorer each of his first three seasons. Drmic averaged 12.0 points per game as a freshman, 17.7 as a sophomore and 15.9 as a junior. He joined Tanoka Beard (1990-93) and Abe Jackson (2000-02) as the only Broncos in school history to lead the team in scoring three seasons. Beard is the only four-time scoring leader.
COMIN' FOR THAT NO. 1 SPOT: With a big senior season, Anthony Drmic could become the all-time leading scorer in Boise State history. Drmic currently has 1,423 points, seventh all-time. He is 521 points shy of Tanoka Beard's all-time record (1,944). Drmic would need to average 16.3 points per game over 32 games to break the record. If he averages 18.1 points per game over 32 games he would become the first 2,000-point scorer in program history.
PROLIFIC SCORERS: Seniors Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks both enter the season among the top 10 scorers in school history. Drmic and Marks have been the top two scorers for Boise State each of their first three seasons. Tanoka Beard is the only Bronco to score 500 points in three different seaons. Drmic and Marks could both accomplish the feat this season after eclipsing the 500-point plateau as sophomores and juniors.
LETHAL COMBO: Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks (2,714 combined points) are already the second-highest scoring pair of classmates in school history. Steve Connor and Trent Johnson combined for 3,082 points playing together from 1974-78.
BRONCOS TABBED SECOND: Boise State was picked to finish second in the Mountain West in the preseason media poll. Reigning regular-season champion San Diego State was chosen as the prohibitive favorite, with 34 of the 35 first-place votes. The Broncos picked up the other first-place vote. Boise State earned 275 points in the poll to lead a tightly-bunched group from second through sixth. Those five schools were separated by 19 points.
PRESEASON ALL-MW: Senior Anthony Drmic was voted a preseason All-Mountain West First Team selection in a poll of conference media members. It is the second-straight year Drmic was chosen to the preseason first team. He has been named All-MW Second Team each of the last two seasons.
UPPING THE OFFENSE: Boise State has been renowned for its offensive prowess ever since Leon Rice arrived. In Rice's first four seasons, the Broncos have led their conference in scoring three times, including pacing the Mountain West each of the last two years. Last season the Broncos hit a Rice-era high with 76.2 points per game, up from 73.2 the year before. Last year's scoring average was the second-highest in the last 38 years at Boise State (81.4 in 2007-08).
NEW-FOUND HEIGHT: Seven Broncos measure 6-foot-7 or taller, yet just two have played a game for Boise State. Nick Dunan (6-8) and Jake Ness (6-8) were among the tallest Broncos last season, and now have four teammates taller than them in addition to looking eye-to-eye with fellow newcomer Chandler Hutchison (6-7). Kevin Allen and Zach Haney stretch the ruler the farthest at 6-11, while David Wacker checks in at 6-10. James Webb, who redshirted in 2013-14, grew an inch last season and now stands at 6-9.
70 THE MAGIC NUMBER: Under Leon Rice, Boise State's recipe for success has been to score 70 points. The Broncos are 62-15 when scoring at least 70, and 15-39 when failing to reach that mark.
PASSING FOR SUCCESS: Over the last three seasons, Boise State is 25-1 when tallying at least 15 assists in a game. The Broncos hit that plateau nine times last season, going 9-0. Despite an uptick in scoring average, the Broncos saw a dip in their assists-per-game average last year (11.8) from 2012-13 (13.2). Of Boise State's 13 losses last season, the Broncos had 11 assists or fewer in 12 of them. The only exception was a double-overtime loss in which they had 14.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK: Boise State turned the ball over just 10 times per game last season, ranking No. 17 in the NCAA. The Broncos had six games last season with six or fewer. Against San José State (Jan. 25), Boise State committed just four turnovers. The Broncos had zero turnovers at halftime, their first half without a turnover since March 11, 2004, against Fresno State.
THOMPSON'S GROWTH: Redshirt junior Mikey Thompson was used virtually equally during his first two seasons, playing exactly 25.9 minutes per game both years. The consistency allows for a closer look at his improvement from year to year. Last season his assist average rose to 2.45 per game from 1.36 the year before. His assist:turnover ratio also improved from 0.77 to 1.76. In 2013-14, Thompson attempted 50 more free throws than the year prior and upped his percentage from 70.1 to 74.4.
BRONCOS SCHEDULE UP IN 2014-15: Playing a tough schedule is nothing new for Boise State under Leon Rice. In Rice's four seasons, the Broncos have faced 17 ranked opponents. Boise State played 15 ranked opponents in the 17 years prior to Rice taking over. This season will be no different. Using last season's final RPI, the average ranking of Boise State's 27 known Divisoin I opponents is 140.1, ranking third in the Mountain West. The Broncos' also rank third in average RPI of nonconference opponents at 150.6. (Excludes potential matchups in tournaments and Abilene Christian which did not qualify for the RPI last season as a reclassifying program).
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