Rematch With Wildcats Up Next
Nov. 28, 2015
Boise State (3-3) vs No. 11/10 Arizona (5-1)
DirecTV Wooden Legacy Third-Place Game
Sunday, Nov. 29 | 1:30 p.m. PT | Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball (3-3) meets No. 11/10 Arizona (5-1) Sunday, in the third-place game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy at 1:30 p.m. PT at the Honda Center.
TELEVISION: Friday's game will be televised on ESPNU, which can be found on DirecTV (208), Dish Network (141) and Cable ONE (136). Steve Quis will handle play-by-play duties with Brad Daugherty serving as analyst and Jeff Goodman on sideline.
RADIO: Bob Behler will be back calling play-by-play on the Bronco Radio Network. Once again, KBOI 670 AM will serve as the flagship station.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State battled against No. 3/4 Michigan State Friday, in the semifinals of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy before falling 77-67. The Broncos were within one at 43-42, before Denzel Valentine carried the Spartans to an insurmountable lead. Nick Duncan scored 19 points to lead the Broncos, while Mikey Thompson chipped in 17 points to go with eight assists and just two turnovers.
WE MEET AGAIN: Sunday marks the second game between Boise State and Arizona in the last 11 days. The Wildcats used a late surge to defeat the Broncos 88-76, Nov. 19, in Tucson, Ariz. James Webb III led all scorers with 27 for the Broncos, including Boise State's first 15 points of the second half. Nick Duncan added 21 as he knocked down five triples. Gabe York paced Arizona with 23 points.
VS PAC-12: Boise State will play at least three games against Pac-12 opponents, with Oregon still on the schedule for Dec. 12, in Boise. It is the second time in school history the Broncos will play three games against Pac-12 teams. In 1997-98, they played Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
RARE REMATCH: This is the 36th time Boise State has faced a nonconference opponent twice in the same season since joining Division I in 1970-71. Of the previous 35 instances, 22 occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. The last time was a same-season home-and-home against Fresno State in the 2011-12 campaign.
SO SOON?: This is just the 10th time Boise State will meet a nonconference opponent twice in a two-week span and the fifth time such a rematch will happen within 11 days. The only four instances that have had fewer days between meetings were 2003 against Idaho (Dec. 6 & Dec. 13), 2001 against Idaho (Nov. 24 & Dec. 1), 1997 against Idaho State (Dec. 3 & Dec. 10) and 1970 against College of Great Falls (Dec. 5 & Dec. 11).
RACKING UP RANKED FOES: This year is already the first in program history Boise State has faced three nonconference games against AP Top-25 opponents in the same regular season. It is the second time in school history the Broncos have played three games against ranked teams in the same calendar month (February 2012; at San Diego State, at UNLV, vs San Diego State).
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Sunday will be Boise State's 23rd game against a top-25 opponent since Leon Rice took over as head coach. The Broncos played 20 ranked teams in the 25 years prior to Rice's arrival.
RINSE, REPEAT: After facing No. 3/4 Michigan State Friday, Sunday is the third time in program history Boise State will play consecutive games against ranked opponents. The last instance was the first two games of the 2000-01 season, opening at No. 17 Cincinnati (Nov. 18, 2000) and No. 4 Kansas (Nov. 20, 2000). Prior to that, Boise State hosted No. 15 Washington (Dec. 4, 1998), before playing at No. 11 Indiana (Dec. 11, 1998).
FOOL ME ONCE...: Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Boise State has dropped the first game of a Mountain West Conference series 12 times. The Broncos are 10-2 in those return games.
DRMIC MOVES UP: Anthony Drmic scored 21 points Thursday, against UC Irvine, followed by nine points Friday, against Michigan State. Drmic now has 1,612 points in his career and moved ahead of Chris Childs on Boise State's all-time scoring list Thursday, now sitting No. 6 in school history. He is six points shy of cracking the Mountain West all-time top 10. Nick Jacobson (Utah, 2000-04) ranks No. 10 with 1,618 points. Drmic is 332 points shy of Tanoka Beard's Boise State record (1,944 points). Drmic has scored at least 20 points in three of his five games this season.
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