Broncos Face No. 3/4 Badgers Saturday
Nov. 20, 2014
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball plays at No. 3/4 Wisconsin Saturday, with tipoff slated for 9 p.m. CT. The Broncos and Badgers both enter the game 3-0.
TV INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be televised by Big Ten Network. In Boise it can be found on DirecTV channel 610 and DISH Network channel 410. It will also be streamed on BTN2Go.com, available to those who receive the network through their television provider.
RADIO INFORMATION: A radio broadcast of the game can be heard live on 93.1 FM in the Treasure Valley. The broadcast will also be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State rallied for a 72-67 double-overtime win against Montana Tuesday, in the Broncos’ home opener. Anthony Drmic scored 29 points, including 12 after regulation, to lead the charge. Boise State led for just 24 seconds in regulation, but battled back to force the extra periods and eventually prevail.
ABOUT WISCONSIN: The Badgers are ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll after returning four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Final Four. Frank Kaminsky was named to the AP preseason All-America First Team and the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
BRONCOS VS BIG TEN: This is the first meeting between Boise State and Wisconsin. The Broncos are 0-7 all-time against current members of the Big Ten and Saturday marks the fourth time in the last six seasons Boise State has traveled to a Big Ten school. The Broncos faced Michigan State in 2012-13, Iowa in 2011-12 and Illinois in 2009-10.
TOP-RANKED FOE: Saturday will be the third time in program history Boise State takes on a team ranked in the top three of the AP Poll. The Broncos previously faced No. 3 Cincinnati (Dec. 29, 1999; home) and No. 2 UCLA (Nov. 24, 1978; road). Boise State lost to the Bearcats 78-46 and fell against the Bruins 79-59.
VS RANKED OPPONENTS: Wisconsin is the highest-ranked opponent Boise State has faced since hosting No. 3 Cincinnati, Dec. 29, 1999. The Broncos are 6-41 all-time against AP Top 25 teams, including a 0-8 mark against top-five foes. Under Leon Rice, Boise State is 1-16 against ranked opponents. The highest-ranked team Boise State has ever defeated was No. 11 Creighton, an 83-70 victory on the road Nov. 28, 2012.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: This is Boise State’s 18th game against a top-25 opponent since Leon Rice took over as head coach. The Broncos played 15 ranked teams in the 17 years prior to Rice’s arrival. Of the 16 losses to ranked teams under Rice, 10 have come by five points or fewer.
POWER PLAY: Boise State is 2-35 all-time on the road against schools currently in the “Power 5” conferences. The Broncos have lost 13-straight such road games. Their last win came at Oregon State, Dec. 30, 2003. The other victory was at Washington State, Dec. 12, 1973. Under Leon Rice, Boise State is 0-9 in road games against schools from the “Power 5” conferences, but 5-1 in home or neutral-site games.
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.
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: Seniors Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks are the top active scorers in the Mountain West. Drmic’s 1,485 points rank No. 15 in conference history. Marks is tied for No. 21 with 1,307 points for his career. Boise State’s dynamic duo are the only active MW men’s basketball student-athletes with 1,000 career points. Next is Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. with 922. See below for a complete list of the MW all-time top 25.
LETHAL COMBO: Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks (2,792 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.
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