Men's Hoops Starts Homestand with Adams State, NNU
Dec. 8, 2014
Men's Hoops Starts Homestand with Adams State and NNU
Tuesday, Dec. 9 vs Adams State 7 p.m. MT
THE GAMES: Boise State men’s basketball returns home for the first time in three weeks Tuesday, to start a four-game homestand. The Broncos (5-2) will take on Adams State Dec. 9, followed by a Dec. 11 meeting with cross-town foe Northwest Nazarene. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. (MT) at Taco Bell Arena.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s games 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
LIVE VIDEO: The games can be watched live, for free, on the Mountain West Network. Visit BroncoSports.com/videos/ for live, upcoming and archived games.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State defeated Saint Mary’s 82-71, Saturday on the road. Derrick Marks led the way with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Marks also posted team highs in rebounds (seven), assists (four) and steals (four) to help snap the Gaels’ 33-game non-conference home winning streak. Boise State trailed early before using a 16-2 run to take control. Saint Mary’s would tie the game three times in the second half, but Boise State never surrendered the lead.
MARKS MW POW: Derrick Marks was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 1-7, after scoring 22 points in a win at Saint Mary’s (Dec. 6). Marks also led the Broncos in rebounds, assists and steals. It is the fifth time he has earned the weekly award in his career.
TICKETS: Single-game men’s basketball tickets start at $11 for adults, and are available to purchase online at BroncoSports.com/tickets or through the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office in person or by phone (208-426-4737). Season tickets are also still available, starting at just $149.
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 on a single-game basis.
ABOUT ADAMS STATE: The Grizzlies (3-2) enter Tuesday averaging 90.4 points per game and shooting 51.8 percent from the floor. Five players average in double figures. The meeting with Boise State will be an exhibition game for Adams State, who has already played two other Mountain West schools. The Grizzlies lost at New Mexico, 62-50, and at Nevada, 69-64. The game against the Lobos was an exhibition for both teams, while the game at Nevada was a regular-season meeting for the Wolf Pack and an exhibition for the Grizzlies. Adams State is led by junior guard Shakir Smith who transferred from Wyoming.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State and Adams State met once previously. The Grizzlies came to Taco Bell Arena Dec. 22, 1993, and left with a 75-68 win against a Bronco team that would go on to play in the NCAA Tournament.
ABOUT NORTHWEST NAZARENE: The Crusaders (2-7) will make the 21-mile trip from their Nampa, Idaho campus for the first regular-season meeting between the schools since Dec. 29, 2009. NNU is led by fourth-year head coach Dave Daniels. Erik Kinney is the leading scorer and rebounder at 13.1 points and 7.4 boards per game. Four more Crusaders average 11 points per game, including Mike Wright who is a 44.4 percent three-point shooter. NNU beat Montana State Billings 59-57, in its last outing (Dec. 6). The game will count as an exhibition for the Crusaders.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series 14-0 in regular-season games against Northwest Nazarene since becoming a four-year school. The teams met eight times between January 1969 and December 1971. Three games in the 1980s were followed by two in the 1990s (1997 and 1998). The last time the schools met was 2009. Boise State won that game 76-58. The last seven meetings have been Boise State home games. Two of the last five games between the Broncos and Crusaders have been decided by single digits.
FLAG FLYERS: Boise State owns a 133-79 all-time record against the other four-year institutions in Idaho, including a winning record against each. The Broncos are 54-35 against Idaho, 51-41 against Idaho State, 14-0 against Northwest Nazarene, 10-0 against College of Idaho and 4-3 against Lewis-Clark State. Boise State and NNU will meet Dec. 11, at Taco Bell Arena.
ROAD WARRIORS: Boise State played six of its first seven games away from home. It is only the third time since becoming a four-year school in 1968-69 the Broncos will have one home game in their first seven contests. In 2009-10 Boise State was away from home for seven of its first eight games. The 1978-79 team had six road games and one home game in its first seven contests, including a pair of three-game road trips sandwiching the home opener. This season's 5-2 start is the best of those three years.
RPI RISING: Boise State is ranked No. 10 in the latest RPI released by the NCAA (Dec. 8). Three MW schools are in the top 20 as Colorado State checks in at No. 8 and San Diego State is No. 20. The Broncos have been boosted by two true road wins and two more neutral-site wins. UW-Green Bay is currently ranked first, the only other two-loss team in the top 10.
GIVING NOTHING AWAY: Boise State has excelled at playing mistake-free basketball this season. The Broncos rank No. 8 in the NCAA in fewest turnovers with 10.0 per game. They have already had three games this year with fewer than 10 and have not had more than 13 in a game. Boise State is not wasting possessions at the free throw line either. The Broncos are shooting free throws at a 75.5 percent clip this season. That mark ranks 20th in the NCAA. Boise State is the best free throw shooting team in the Mountain West and commits the fewest turnovers per game in the conference.
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