Unbeaten Broncos Host Unbeaten Utes Tuesday
Dec. 2, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -
What: Boise State vs Utah
Where: Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena
When: Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 8 p.m.
THE GAME: Two of the final 21 undefeated teams in the country square off Tuesday as Boise State (6-0) and Utah (6-0) meet at Taco Bell Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT)
TV INFORMATION: Tuesday's game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Cable ONE channel 332 and 410 (HD), DirecTV channel 221 and DISH channel 158.
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.
SERIES HISTORY: Utah leads 4-2. The home team has won all six games in the series, including Utah's 76-55 victory last season. The Utes were one of two teams to beat Boise State last year in regular-season nonconference play (Michigan State). The box score is on the back page.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased at the Taco Bell Arena Box Office or the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office in advance or on game day. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $14 for juniors (ages two through high school).
PARKING: The West Stadium Lot will be by permit only. Parking in the East Stadium Lot is open to permit holders and available to purchase for $5 on a single-game basis.
BACK FOR MORE: The Broncos are the only team from the 2013 NCAA Tournament to return all five starters...Boise State returns 92.4 percent of last season's scoring output, 90 percent of the minutes played and 157 of 160 starts from 2012-13.
HITTING A HUNDRED: Boise State is the top scoring team in the country averaging 97.7 points per game. Boise State scored at least 100 points in three of its first four games. Bose State has only scored hit triple digits four times in a season once (1974-75). The Broncos have scored at least 100 points 33 times in school history, eight of which have come under Leon Rice.
LIVING AT THE LINE: Derrick Marks made a school-record 21 free throws against Idaho (Nov. 27). Marks broke the previous record (20) on 23 attempts, the most by a Bronco since Tanoka Beard's school-record 25 attempts Dec. 29, 1992, against George Mason. It is the most made free throws in a game in the NCAA this season...Boise State was 34-of-44 as a team in the game against the Vandals, the most makes and attempts since the Broncos were 35-of-55 against Cal Poly Jan. 31, 1995 (still the school record).
GETTING TO THE LINE: Boise State is making 25.2 free throws per game, the fourth-best mark in the country. The Broncos are averaging 33.2 free throw attempts per game, No. 9 in the NCAA. The school record for a season is 30.65 attempts per game, set in 1971-72.
THREE-POINT BARRAGE: Boise State ranks among the national leaders in three-pointers made per game (8.8, 26th) and three-point percentage (.427, 19th). Jeff Elorriaga is averaging 3.8 made threes per contest, shooting .633 from long range, ranking eighth and third, respectively.
OUTSKIRTS OF THE TOP 25: Boise State is receiving votes in both major top-25 polls. The Broncos picked up 35 points in the Associated Press Poll and 21 points in the coaches poll. Boise State has never broken into either ranking.
ROLE REVERSAL: Boise State defeated in-state rival Idaho, Wednesday, at CenturyLink Arena, 98-89. The Broncos scored 54 points in the paint and were 2-for-7 from three-point range. Boise State entered the game averaging 11.8 made three-pointers per game, third-most in the country. The seven attempts from beyond the arc were the fewest by a Leon Rice coached Bronco team. The 54 paint points were the most since Nov. 11, 2011 (62).
1,000-POINT CLUB: Anthony Drmic became the 23rd Bronco to score 1,000 career points Saturday. Drmic reached the milestone in his 65th game, tied for sixth-fastest in school history. Follow the all-time list on page 10 as he continues to move up.
BACK TO HIS OLD TRICKS: Derrick Marks scored a career-high 39 points against Idaho (Nov. 27), with 27 coming in the second half. He scored all 15 of the Broncos' points in the final 2:21, including going 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Last season, Marks scored 69 percent of his points in the second half of games, including five times with least 20+ after halftime.
THIEVERY: Boise State is averaging 9.3 steals per game, tops in the MW. Derrick Marks (2.7 spg) and Anthony Drmic (2.7 spg) are tied for first individually in the conference. The Broncos have turned those extra possessions into points on a consistent basis, outscoring opponents 108-46 on points off turnovers this season and 52-24 on fast break points. Boise State is averaging 1.26 points per possession that stems from an opponent turnover.
BRONCOS IN NOVEMBER: Boise State finished November with a 6-0 record and are now 22-2 in the month of November under head coach Leon Rice. The Broncos were 6-0 in 2010-11, 5-1 in 2011-12 and 5-1 in 2012-13.
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