Undefeated Broncos Travel to No. 11 Kentucky
Dec. 10, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -
THE GAME: Boise State (8-0) travels to No. 11/10 Kentucky (7-2) Tuesday, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Tip is at 9 p.m. ET.
TV INFORMATION: Tuesday's game will be televised by ESPN. It is also available on WatchESPN.
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.
ON THE WORLDWIDE LEADER: Tuesday's game is the first appearance on ESPN for Boise State men's basketball since the 1999 Big West Championship game.
A SELECT FEW: Boise State is among the final 15 undefeated teams in the country. The Broncos are the last unbeaten team standing in the Mountain West. Sizzling Start: Boise State is 8-0 for the first time in school history. It is the third time the Broncos started a season 6-0 (1987-88 and 2010-11), but neither of those squads won its next game. Leon Rice is the only Boise State head coach to win the first six games of two different seasons.
SERIES HISTORY: First meeting. Boise State is 1-3 all-time against teams currently in the Southeastern Conference. The lone win came last season against LSU (89-70; Dec. 14, 2012). The three losses were against LSU (Dec. 10, 2011); Vanderbilt (March 18, 1993; NCAA Tournament); and Arkansas (Dec. 12, 1975).
BIG CROWDS: Rupp Arena has a capacity of 23,500. The largest crowd a Boise State basketball team has played in front of is 20,398, Dec. 13, 1996 at BYU. The largest crowd any of the current Broncos have played in front of is 16,364, last season at Creighton (Nov. 28, 2012). The Broncos won both games.
HITTING A HUNDRED: Boise State is the second-highest scoring team in the country averaging 91.9 points per game. Boise State scored at least 100 points in three of its first four games. Bose State has only 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.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Five Broncos are averaging double-digit scoring through eight games. Anthony Drmic leads the way at 20.4 points per game and is joined in double figures by Derrick Marks (17.6), Jeff Elorriaga (13.3), Mikey Thompson (10.4) and Ryan Watkins (10.1).
A BEAST ON THE BOARDS: Ryan Watkins is now averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. This is the latest point in a season a Bronco has averaged at least 10 rebounds per game since Jason Ellis was averaging 10.0 rebounds per game entering Boise State's game Jan. 17, 2004.
DOUBLE DOUBLE: Ryan Watkins is now averaging a double-double with his scoring average at 10.1 points per game. This is the latest point in a season a Bronco has averaged a double-double since at least the 1990-91 season (record of game-by-game statistics begins with the 1991-92 season). Only three times has a Boise State player averaged double-figure rebounds for an entire season, and only once has it happened since Boise State started competing at Division I (1970-71). Steve Wallace averaged 11.0 rebounds per game in 1971-72. Bill Otey averaged 17.3 in 1968-69 and 13.0 in 1969-70. Each also averaged double-figure scoring in those seasons and are the only Broncos to average a double-double at the end of a season.
NIGHT IN AND NIGHT OUT: Ryan Watkins has at least 10 rebounds in each of the last five games, becoming the first Bronco to record such a streak since Matt Nelson also had a streak of five-consecutive double-figure rebound games during the 2006-07 season (Jan. 20-Feb. 3).
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.
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