Boise State Men's Basketball Travels to BYU for Second Road Trip of Season

BRONCOS MAKE ROAD TRIP TO BRIGHAM YOUNG IN HOPES OF BREAKING STREAK: The Boise State men’s basketball team is currently on a five-game winning streak at home and is looking to take its luck on the road and break the nation’s longest home winning streak as the Broncos travel down to Provo, Utah, to take on Brigham Young it their final Mountain West school of the season, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 8:05 p.m. (MST).

ABOUT THE BYU COUGARS (8-0, 0-0 MWC): The Brigham Young Cougars are off to an unbelievable start to their season as they are currently undefeated, boasting a record of 8-0 ... The Cougars are off to their best start since the 1987-88 season ... More impressive is BYU’s record at home, leading the nation with a 51-game winning streak at the Marriott Center ... Leading the way for the Cougars is Lee Cummard as he averages 18.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game ... Cummard currently has 1,163 points for his career and is now three points from tying Randy Reid for 23rd in career scoring in BYU school history ... Look for Jonathan Tavernari to dominate the glass as he leads the team with 7.4 boards per game ... As a team, the Cougars average 79.4 points per game while holding their opponents to just 58.1 points to own a scoring margin of +21.3 points.

LAST TIME AGAINST BYU (DEC. 29, 2007):  Playing with emotion and energy, Matt Nelson made all seven of his shots and scored 18 points, Reggie Larry led Boise State with 19 and the Broncos rallied from 11 down at halftime to stun No. 20 BYU 73-70 ... It was Boise State's (9-3) eighth win in its last nine, and second straight rallying from a big deficit ... The Broncos were down 14 in the second half before winning at Albany the weekend prior ... Lee Cummard led the Cougars with 26 points, but stumbled in traffic and saw his desperation 3-pointer fall well short as time expired ... BYU (10-3) lost on the road for the first that season ... Trent Plaisted was held five points under his season average, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds ... Sam Burgess and Jimmer Fredette added 11 each, but BYU was just 8-of-27 from 3-point range ... Boise State's last victory over a ranked team was over Nevada in the 2005 WAC tournament.

THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE COUGARS: Historically, the Broncos have posted a record of 8-4 against the Cougars, but Boise State has won the last two meetings against BYU, with its last win coming last season with a nail-biting 73-70 victory over a 20th-ranked BYU team ... The last time the Broncos beat the Cougars on the road was during the 1996-97 season under Head Coach Rod Jensen when Boise State broke a four-game series winning steak over BYU with a 65-58 point win at the BYU Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah ... Head Coach Greg Graham is 2-3 against the Cougars since arriving at Boise State ... Coach Greg Graham and Coach Rod Jensen are the only two coaches in Boise State history to post wins over Brigham Young (two wins each).

RADIO:  KIDO (580 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: The Mountain (The Mountain West Sports Network) will be airing the game live on its network, with the tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. (MST).   

BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET:  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. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on gametracker.

SHOWDOWN WITH THE MOUNTAIN WEST:  Boise State is entering its last or a three game stretch against schools from the Mountain West Conference, currently owning a record of 2-0 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 5-6 against opponents in the Mountain West Conference ... The wins over both Wyoming and Colorado State marked the first victories over those two schools for Head Coach Greg Graham ... Marked Boise State’s first win over Colorado State since 1976 when the Broncos beat the Rams, 60-52 ... Boise State boasts a record of 2-0 this season against the Mountain West as the Broncos prepare to take on their final MWC opponent of the season, BYU (8-0).

BOISE STATE LEADS THE WAC STANDINGS: For the first time all season, the Boise State men’s basketball team leads the Western Athletic Conference in the standings with a record of 6-1 ... The Broncos’ only loss this season came on their lone road trip, when Boise State fell 52-82 to a talented Siena team ... Boise State took over the conference’s top spot when Utah State fell to Brigham Young over the weekend, to give the Aggies their first loss of the season, pushing their record to 5-1 overall ... As a team, the Broncos rank 31st with several other teams in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball with a winning percentage of 85.7.

MARK SANCHEZ EARNS SECOND PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR: Mark Sanchez has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 1-7 ... Sanchez led Boise State to a pair of wins over Mountain West Conference foes Wyoming and Colorado State ... The senior scored a team-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds against Wyoming ... He also scored the game-winning shot in the final second to give the Broncos an 86-85 victory over the previously undefeated Cowboys ... Against Colorado State, Sanchez recorded his second career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds ... On the week, Sanchez averaged 20.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, while shooting 53.1 (17-of-32) percent from the field ... The honor marks the second WAC Player of the Week award this season for Sanchez after earning the honor for his performance during the opening week of play against Pacific and at Siena for the week of Nov. 17-23.


SANCHEZ JOINS ELITE GROUP OF BRONCOS WITH RECENT HONOR: With the latest WAC Player of the Week selection, senior forward Mark Sanchez becomes just the third player in Boise State history to receive the accolade twice in the same season, joining Bronco greats Reggie Larry and Matt Nelson ... The three of them are also the only Broncos to receive the honor multiple times throughout their careers (Larry - 4; Nelson - 2) ... Larry currently holds the school record with three selections in the same season (2007-08) ... Sanchez is just the 10th Bronco to earn the award and marked the 15th time that a player from Boise State since joining the WAC in 2001 to garner the award.


STARTING STRONG: The Broncos are off to their best start in four seasons as Boise State boasts a record of 6-1 ... The last time they began a season 6-1 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 8-1 record ... Marks the best start for the Broncos under Greg Graham ... Last time the Broncos had such a strong start was during the 2003-04 season when Boise State started out 9-1 and earned a berth into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).


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