BRONCOS LOOK TO EXTEND HOME WINNING STREAK AGAINST COLORADO STATE: The Boise State men’s basketball team (5-1, 0-0 WAC) is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season and are currently undefeated at Taco Bell Arena this season. The Broncos look to extend their winning streak when they take on Colorado State (3-4, 0-0 MWC), Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:05 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE RAMS (3-4, 0-0 MWC): The Rams own a record of 3-4 during nonconference play this season and are coming off of a loss to Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada, 82-76 ... Colorado State has played just one game on the road this season, where they fell to San Francisco, 63-65 ... Sophomore Andre McFarland ranks second in the Mountain West Conference in three-point percentage at .594 (19-32) and has made the second most three-pointers on the season ... Over the last five games, McFarland has hit on 16-of-24 from three-point range while making four or more three-pointers in three of the five games ... Starters senior guard Willis Gardner and junior guard Harvey Perry are not expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Broncos due to injury ... Gardner is averaging 4.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game, while Perry is averaging 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Rams.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLRADO STATE (NOV. 20, 2006): Matt Nelson and Reggie Larry combined to score 26 of Boise State's 50 points but it wasn't enough as the Broncos (1-2) dropped a 67-50 decision to Colorado State (3-2) at Moby Arena ... Nelson connected on 6-of-13 shots to finish with a game-high 15 points, while Larry had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Broncos got just 13 points from senior starting guards Coby Karl, Eric Lane, Kenny Wilson ... The Broncos held Jason Smith, a projected NBA draft pick to just six points on 2-of-6 shooting, but Tyler Smith (12 points), Xavier Kilby (12 points) and Tim Denson (10 points) all scored in double figures for the Rams ... Boise State returns to action Saturday against Washington State in the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE RAMS: The Rams lead the series 5-1 overall, but four of those wins were posted on Colorado State’s home court ... When playing the Broncos on the road, the series is tied 1-1 ... Coach Greg Graham owns a record of 0-1 against the Rams, falling to Colorado State 50-67 at Fort Collins, Colo. ... The last time Boise Stats posted a win against Colorado State was during the 1976-77 season when the Broncos beat out the Rams, 60-52 ... The Broncos win was the closest game between the two teams, with the game decided by just eight points, with the average point difference being 15.6 points ... Boise State has averaged just 66.0 points per game against the Rams throughout the series, 17.7 points less per game than the Broncos are averaging this season.
RADIO: KIDO (580 and 630 AM) in Boise, will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler providing the play-by-play. Former Boise State basketball player Abe Jackson handles color commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM), Sun Valley (KYZK 107.5FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its first year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.
TELEVISION: There is no TV for the Colorado State game. Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. and
SHOWDOWN WITH THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Boise State is in the middle of a three game stretch against schools from the Mountain West Conference, currently owning a record of 1-0 against MWC opponents ... Coach Graham posted his first win against Wyoming in thrilling fashion as the Broncos made a last second layup to roll past the undefeated Cowboys, 86-85 ... During his tenure at Boise State, Coach Graham owns a record of 4-6 against opponents in the Mountain West Conference.
STARTING STRONG: The Broncos are off to their best start in four seasons as Boise State boasts a record of 5-1 ... The last time they began a season 4-1 was during the 2003-04 season, when the Broncos finished the year 23-10 overall, 12-6 in conference play ... During coach Graham’s second season at Boise State, the Broncos started the year with a 5-1 record.
BRONCOS GO STREAKING: Boise State, who started at 1-1, has posted four consecutive wins this season to improve its record to an impressive 5-1 ... The last time the Broncos had a four-game winning streak after starting the season off at 1-1 was in 1992-93 when Boise State won the Big Sky Tournament.
HOME SWEET HOME: During the 2008-09 season, the Broncos are undefeated when playing at home ... The last time the Broncos opened with a perfect record in Taco Bell Arena was in 2006-07, when Boise State lost just one game on its home court (lost 95-81 to Nevada, Feb. 24, 2007) ...
Head Coach Greg Graham and the Broncos are 29-7 over the last three seasons at home, creating one of the best home court advantages in the WAC.
LEADING THE WAC: Junior Kurt Cunningham currently leads the WAC Conference in field goal percentage, sinking .857 percent of his shots ... Sophomore Paul Noonan leads the conference in free throw percentage making .900 from the charity stripe ... Junior Ike Okoye leads the WAC in defensive rebounds grabbing 7.17 per game ... As a team, Boise State ranks first among blocked shots averaging 5.83 per game, with junior transfer Ike Okoye leading the way with 12, while Mark Sanchez has eight ... Broncos lead the conference in scoring offense, averaging 77.7 points per game, with Sanchez leading the team with 17.3 points per game.
CLOSE CALLS FOR BRONCOS: In Boise State’s last two games, the Broncos have held on to the lead to beat out their opponents in the final minutes of the game ... After battling with Southern Utah, the Broncos took control of the game with a layup by Ike Okoye at the 5:08 mark of the second half as Boise State held on to the lead to roll past the Thunderbirds 62-59 ... Despite trailing Wyoming by nine at the end of the first half, Boise State proved to be a second-half team as the Broncos lassoed in the Cowboys to take the lead with 0.09 seconds left on the game clock with a layup by senior Mark Sanchez to edge out an undefeated Wyoming, 86-85 ... This season, the Broncos are averaging just 4.5 points per game more than their opponents.
SECOND HALF SURGE: While the Boise State football team may score more of its points in the second quarter, the men’s basketball team appears to improve its shooting percentage during the second half of its games ... In the Broncos last three games, they have improved their shooting percentage in the second half by 10 percent, sinking 42-of-88 in the first half of play (47.7 percent) while making 45-of-78 during the second half (57.7 percent) ... Boise State has outscored its opponents in the second half in all five of its wins this season.
SHARP SHOOTERS: As a team, the Broncos have taken 58 less shots from the field (347 vs. 405); yet have made 13 more than their opponents (160 vs. 173) ... Boise State is making .499 percent of its shots (173-347), while holding its opponents to just .395 percent from the field (160-405).