Broncos to Face 11th-Ranked Creighton
DATE: Wednesday; Nov. 28, 2012
TIME: 6 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Omaha, Neb. (CenturyLink Center Omaha; 17,260)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will make its second road trip of the season, this time traveling to Omaha, Neb., to square off against No. 11/11 Creighton as part of the 2012 Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. Tip-off between the Broncos (4-1) and Bluejays (6-0) is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Creighton is the highest-ranked team the Broncos have faced on the road in more than a decade.
SERIES HISTORY: The meeting between the Broncos and Bluejays will be the first all-time.
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: Abe Jackson
TV INFORMATION: The game will be televised by Cox Communications in Omaha, and will also be available on ESPN3.
MW-MVC CHALLENGE: Wednesday’s game is part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge, which is in the final year of a four-year term. There will be nine games played between the conferences this season, and the MW holds a 17-10 lead in the series. The conferences split the series last year (4-4), while the MW won the 2010 Challenge (8-1) and the MVC took the 2009 Challenge (5-4). Boise State won its only game played as part of the series, defeating Indiana State 74-65, Dec. 3, 2011.
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 5-34 all-time against ranked opponents, including a mark of 1-18 on the road. The Broncos’ only road win over a ranked opponent came against Nevada (73-72), March 10, 2005. Boise State fell to No. 15 Michigan State (74-70) earlier this season (Nov. 20). Creighton is the highest-ranked team the Broncos have faced since falling to No. 9 Washington State, Nov. 13, 2007 (86-74), and the highest-ranked team the Broncos have faced on the road since falling to No. 4 Kansas, Nov. 20, 2000 (101-61).
RECORD VS CONFERENCE: Boise State is 3-2 against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference, including wins in both games against the league last season: Drake, Nov. 30, 2011 (108-64); and Indiana State, Dec. 3, 2011 (74-65).
GOOD FROM THE LINE: The Broncos’ free throw percentage (.767) through Nov. 25 ranked 26th-nationally. Boise State boasts two of the best free throw shooters in the conference with two in the league’s top 10: Derrick Marks (fifth; .906) and Anthony Drmic (10th; .826).
THREE-STRAIGHT ROAD GAMES: Boise State is embarking on its first three-game road trip in more than a year. The last time Boise State played three-straight on the road was in head coach Leon Rice’s debut season. The Broncos had a trio of three-game road trips that year, the last one coming in February of 2011, and the Broncos won all three games.
REBOUNDING: Boise State is pulling down 79.2 percent of defensive rebounds, the top mark in the Mountain West. The Broncos are also allowing opponents an average of 27.6 rebounds per game, the second-best mark in the league. Boise State’s rebounding margin of plus-7.2 ranks third in the MW.
CONTINUING TO SCORE: Sophomore guard Derrick Marks, who ranked second in the Mountain West in freshman scoring last season (9.4 PPG), ranks sixth in the league in scoring this season at 16.4 PPG.
Anthony Drmic, who led all league freshman in scoring last season (12.0 PPG), ranks tied for 11th in scoring at 13.8 PPG in 2012-13. In games played through Nov. 27, Marks and Drmic were the highest-scoring sophomores in the league.
SHARING THE WEALTH: In addition to ranking in the Mountain West’s top 15 in scoring, Derrick Marks (4.00) and Anthony Drmic (3.20) are also in the league’s top 10 in assists - two of only four players in the league with those credentials: Marks, Drmic, Kendall Williams (UNM) and Tony Snell (UNM).
THE GLUE GUY: Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga ranks tied for first in the league in minutes played, averaging 34.00 per game. He also ranks second in the league in both 3-point field goals made (2.60 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (.406).
ROAD STRETCH: After opening the first three games of the season at home, the Broncos’ game against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 24) was the only game at Taco Bell Arena in a three-week stretch that sees the Broncos play at No. 11/11 Creighton (Nov. 28), at Seattle (Dec. 2) and at Utah (Dec. 5). Boise State’s next home game will be against LSU, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.).
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