Broncos vs Cyclones for Title
Nov. 18, 2017
Boise State (4-0) vs. Iowa State (2-2)
WATCH: The game will air on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenburg and LaPhonso Ellis on the call.
RADIO: Radio coverage of Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 KBOI serving as the flagship station. Chris Lewis will handle play-by-play duties.
ABOUT IOWA STATE: After losing its first two games of the season, Iowa State responded with a 104-98 victory over Appalachian State followed by an 80-78 win against Tulsa in the semifinals. Nick Weiler-Babb comes into the game averaging 17 points per game to lead the way while Donovan Jackson (15.0 ppg) and Lindell Wigginton (10.8 ppg) are also averaging double digits.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: The Broncos have never won a mid-season three-game tournament. The last time the Broncos made it to the championship game of a mid-season three-game tournament was the 2013 Diamond Head Classic. Boise State faced Iowa State in the championship game, as well, with the then-No. 14 Cyclones claiming the 70-66 victory for the title.
The only other time Boise State has made a mid-season three-game tournament championship game was the 1997 Hilo Holiday Shootout, where they lost to Oregon State.
SHORT HISTORY WITH BIG 12: Boise State has only played eight games against current members of the Big 12. The Blue and Orange has faced Kansas three times, TCU three times, Oklahoma State once, and Iowa State in 2013 at the Diamond Head Classic.
CRASH THE GLASS: Boise State outrebounded Illinois State 57-27 in Friday’s semifinal. The +30 advantage on the boards was the largest rebounding margin for the Broncos since outrebounding Corban by 35 on Dec. 12, 2012.
The 57 team rebounds tied the Puerto Rico Tip-Off record.
Boise State is outrebounding teams by an average of 10.3 so far this season.
HUTCHISON DOUBLE-DOUBLE: The Naismith Watch List nominee was sensational against the Redbirds, scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds for the 12th double-double of his career. The 18 rebounds was a career high and the most rebounds for a Bronco in a single game since James Webb III pulled down 18 against San Jose State on Jan. 20, 2016.
EARLY SEASON SUCCESS: The 4-0 start is the best start to a season since 2013-14 when the Broncos opened the year 8-0. Boise State has started 4-0 in three of head coach Leon Rice’s eight years at the helm.
EMPHASIZING THE 3-POINT LINE: Boise State has hit double-digit 3-pointers in three of its four games so far this season. Already with 49 on the season, the Broncos are also shooting an efficient 42.6 percent from distance.
The Broncos have also been relentless in guarding the 3-point line by chasing shooters off the line and contesting 3-point shots, and it’s paid off. Boise State has only given up 21 threes with opponents shooting just 23.9 percent (21-of-88) from beyond the arc.
GETTING TO THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Blue and Orange got to the line 35 times against the Redbirds on Friday, making 26 of them. They made it to the line 35 times or more in four games last season.
HOBBS STEPS UP: The sophomore has been sensational this season as the only player to reach double-digit scoring in all four games. He is averaging 15 points per game (tops on the team) while playing 30.8 minutes per game (tops on the team).
Dating back to last season, the La Porte, Texas native has tallied double-digit scoring games in eight of his last 10 games.
His nine rebounds and six assists against Illinois State were both career highs, as well.
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