Broncos Look for Road Sweep at Utah
DATE: Wednesday; Dec. 5, 2012
TIME: 6:30 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center; 15,000)
TV: Pac-12 Network
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: Boise State - receiving votes this week in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches’ Polls - will be looking for its fourth-straight victory and its third-straight road win Wednesday (Dec. 5) when it squares off against Utah.
Tip between the Broncos (6-1) and Utes (5-2) is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos trail the Utes 2-3 in the all-time series, but won last year’s meeting in Boise (80-59). Boise State has not defeated Utah in its three games played on the road.
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: Tuesday’s game will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Network.
Play-by-Play: JB Long
Analyst: Joe Cravens
VERSUS THE PAC-12: The Broncos are 8-31 all-time against current members of the Pacific-12 Conference, and have won just two of the 27 games played on the road. The Broncos’ last road win over a Pac-12 school came against Oregon State, Dec. 20, 2003 (82-80).
A HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE: Derrick Marks was named Mountain West Player of the Week following his 35-point performance against No. 11/11 Creighton (Nov. 28). The scoring output is tied for the 10th-most in school history. It was the highest-scoring game by a Bronco since Reggie Arnold also scored 35 against New Mexico State, Feb. 27, 2010, and the first 30-point game by a Boise State player since La’Shard Anderson scored 33 against Fresno State, Feb. 24, 2011. Over nearly a 10-minute stretch during the game, Marks scored 18-consecutive points for the Broncos.
The scoring output was also the third-most all-time at CenturyLink Center Omaha and tied for the most points scored by a sophomore in Mountain West History.
80-PLUS: The Broncos have scored 80-or-more four times this season, nearly as many times as the team accomplished the feat last season (five). Boise State ranks third in the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 77.7 points per game. The mark also ranks 37th-nationally.
NO MAJOR DEFICIT: Through seven games this season, Boise State has not trailed an opponent by double figures. The Broncos trailed No. 15 Michigan State by nine points, the largest deficit of the season. No other team the Broncos have played has built more than a five-point advantage, with four of the teams failing to build more than a three-point lead.
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are averaging 8.57 3-point field goals made per game, and shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range. The marks each rank second in the Mountain West, and 24th- and 26th-nationally, respectively.
Jeff Elorriaga ranks second in the MW individually in 3-point field goals per game (2.71), and Anthony Drmic (2.43) ranks tied for fourth. The Broncos are the only team in the league with two in the top five. Elorriaga also leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.413).
HOT SHOOTING: Boise State is 34-for-65 (.523) from 3-point range its last three games, having shot 50 percent or better in each. The Broncos have not shot better than 50 percent from three in back-to-back-to-back games in at least the last 20 years.
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Boise State’s 47.7 percent field goal shooting ranks second in the Mountain West and 31st-nationally. The Broncos boast two of the top four individual percentages in the MW, with Anthony Drmic ranking third (.493) and Derrick Marks ranking fourth (.489).
Boise State has knocked down more than 50 percent of its field goal attempts three times this season – and in each of the last two games (Creighton and Seattle). The Broncos accomplished the feat four times in all of 2011-12.
CONTINUING TO SCORE: Sophomore guard Derrick Marks, who ranked second in the Mountain West in freshman scoring last season (9.4 PPG), ranks fourth in the league in scoring this season - regardless of classification - at 18.7 PPG. He also ranked 58th-nationally through games played Dec. 2.
Anthony Drmic, who led all league freshman in scoring last season (12.0 PPG), ranks eighth in scoring at 15.9 PPG in 2012-13. In games played through Dec. 2, Marks and Drmic were the highest-scoring sophomores in the league.
Boise State and Nevada were the only two teams with two players ranking in the top 10 in the league in scoring through games played Dec. 2.
SHARING THE WEALTH: In addition to ranking in the Mountain West’s top 10 in scoring, Derrick Marks (3.57) and Anthony Drmic (3.29) are also in the league’s top 10 in assists, ranking fifth and eighth, respectively. Drmic and Marks are two of only four players in the league with those credentials, a list that also includes Nevada’s Deonte Burton and New Mexico’s Kendall Williams.
10-STRAIGHT WITH 10-PLUS: Dating back to last season, sophomore guard Derrick Marks has scored in double figures in 10-conscutive games. He scored 10-or-more in the final three games of last season, and in every game thus far in 2012-13.
LEAGUE’S TOP THIEF: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in steals, averaging 2.57 per game. The mark also ranked 29th-nationally in games played through Dec. 2.
THE GLUE GUY: Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga ranks second in the Mountain West in minutes played (32.71), and played the entire 40 minutes of the Broncos’ 83-70 victory over No. 11/11 Creighton, Nov. 28.
The former walk-on - who earned a scholarship prior to the 2012-13 season - leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.413) and ranks second in the MW in 3-point field goals per game (2.71).
FROSH SURPRISE: Redshirt freshman guard Mikey Thompson scored 10 points in his Boise State debut against Texas Southern (Nov. 11), and already has four scoring games in double figures - including a career-high 19 against Seattle (Dec. 2). Despite coming off the bench in every game this season, Thompson ranks third on the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game.
ROAD WARRIORS: Boise State is in the midst of its first three-game road trip in more than a year. The Broncos kicked off the stretch with an 83-70 victory over No. 11/11 Creighton, and followed with a 23-point victory at Seattle, Dec. 2 (87-64).
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.
Boise State’s two road victories this season are already more than the team had in all of 2011-12. The Broncos went 1-11 on the road last season.
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