Ranked Spartans on Tap for First Road Test

DATE: Tuesday; Nov. 20, 2012
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center; 14,797)
TV: Big Ten Network
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will play its first road game of the 2012-13 season, traveling to play No. 15/19 Michigan State, Tuesday. The Broncos (3-0) and Spartans (2-1) are slated to tip at 6 p.m. (MT) at the Breslin Center, and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos and Spartans have met on the hardwood just once prior to Tuesday’s game. Michigan State defeated Boise State 71-59 in Boise, Nov. 29, 1982.

TV INFORMATION: Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, available on DIRECTV (610) and DISH Network (439).

Play-by-Play: Wayne Larrivee
Analyst: Jim Jackson

RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game 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: Joe Boylan

RECORD VS CONFERENCE: Boise State will be looking for its first win all-time against a Big Ten opponent. The Broncos are 0-5 against Big Ten teams, including a mark of 0-3 on the road.

VS RANKED OPPONENTS: Boise State will be looking for its first win over a ranked opponent since a 66-56 victory over No. 21 Utah State, Feb. 14, 2009. The Broncos are 5-33 all-time against ranked opponents, including a mark of 1-17 on the road. Boise State’s only road win over a ranked opponent came against Nevada (73-72), March 10, 2005.

3-0 FOR THREE-STRAIGHT: For the first time in school history, Boise State has won its first three games in three-consecutive seasons. The Broncos started out 6-0 during Leon Rice’s debut season, and were 3-0 in 2011-12. Prior to last season’s 3-0 start, Boise State had never won its first three games in back-to-back seasons.

CONTINUING TO SCORE: Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks led Mountain West freshman in scoring last season, averaging 12.0 and 9.4 points per game, respectively. Marks currently ranks eighth in scoring in the MW this season (regardless of classification) at 16.0 PPG, and Drmic is ninth at 15.7 PPG. Boise State and New Mexico (Tony Snell, 19.7; Kendall Williams, 18.0) are the only teams with two individuals in the league’s top 10 in scoring.In games played through Nov. 18, Marks and Drmic were the highest-scoring sophomores in the league.

SCORING/REBOUNDING TOP 10: Anthony Drmic is one of five players in the Mountain West to rank in the league’s top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. Drmic, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds, is joined by Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State), Colton Iverson (Colorado State), Leonard Washington (Wyoming) and Anthony Bennett (UNLV).

SHARING THE WEALTH: In addition to ranking in the Mountain West’s top 10 in scoring, Anthony Drmic (3.33) and Derrick Marks (3.33) are also in the league’s top 10 in assists. Only four players in the MW rank in the top 10 in both scoring and assists: Marks, Drmic, Kendall Williams (New Mexico) and Tony Snell (New Mexico). The Broncos and Lobos are joined by only UNLV with more than one individual ranking in the top 10 in assists.

» «