Broncos vs Ducks Saturday in Boise
Dec. 11, 2015
Boise State (6-4) vs No. 24/23 Oregon (7-1)
Saturday, Dec. 12 | 5 p.m. MT | Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
THE GAME: Boise State (6-4) hosts No. 24/23 Oregon (7-1) Saturday, at 5 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos have won 12 straight at home and 34 of their last 35 home nonconference games.
ABOUT OREGON: The Ducks come to Boise for their first true road game of the year. Oregon’s lone loss of the year was on a neutral court against UNLV. Oregon leads the all-time series with Boise State, 5-0.
TICKETS: Tickets for Saturday's game are going fast. Scattered singles remain in on all levels, while groups of tickets are available in the balcony. Purchase tickets at BroncoSports.com/tickets.
PARKING: Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid parking congestion. The East Stadium Lot and Lincoln Garage are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 per game. Season passes are available through the Bronco Athletic Association from $35 to $65.
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network will televise Saturday's game between Boise State and Oregon. Rich Waltz will handle play-by-play duties alongside analyst Steve Lappas.
ON THE CALL: The Voice of the Broncos, Bob Behler, is back for his eighth season of calling Boise State men's basketball on the radio. Behler is joined by Bronco great Abe Jackson in his eighth year as the analyst. The game will be carried on the Bronco Radio Network, including flagship station 670 AM KBOI in Boise. A live audio stream is also available at BroncoSports.com.
HISTORIC HOME GAME: Saturday is a marquee meeting littered with historical context. Oregon will be the first ranked nonconference opponent to visit Boise State since Dec. 29, 2007, and the seventh all-time. It is the 13th home game against a Pac-12 opponent, just the second against the Ducks. It is the fourth time the Broncos have hosted a nonconference game between two teams returning from the NCAA Tournament.
LAST TIME: Boise State picked up a thrilling 67-66 win against Loyola Marymount Wednesday, at home. Mikey Thompson converted a three-point play with 12.7 seconds left to complete the Bronco comeback.
JACKSON JUMPS IN: Lonnie Jackson made his first start as a Bronco Wednesday, against Loyola Marymount and continued his strong play. Jackson has scored in double figures three straight games and has made multiple three-pointers in four straight, shooting 44.8 percent from deep in that stretch.
CRASHING THE BOARDS: James Webb III has played 42 games as a Bronco and has led the team in rebounding in 32 of them. Webb has grabbed at least 10 rebounds 18 times in his career. Through 10 games this season he has posted double-digit rebounds six times, including each of the last four games.
MORE THAN A SCORER: Anthony Drmic became the 14th Bronco in program history to eclipse 500 rebounds in his career. Drmic is also the 24th Bronco to tally at least 200 assists in a career.
CRASHING COBY’S CLUB: Anthony Drmic is on pace to join an exclusive club at Boise State. Drmic has eclipsed the 1,500-point, 500-rebound and 200-assist plateaus. He is one steal shy of 100 for his career. If Drmic swipes one more steal, he will join Coby Karl as the only Broncos in program history to score 1,500 points, grab 500 rebounds, dish 200 assists and swipe 100 steals. Only two players in Mountain West history have achieved those numbers; Lee Cummard (BYU, 2005-09) and Wink Adams (UNLV, 2005-09).
RACKING UP RANKED FOES: This year is the first in program history Boise State has faced four nonconference games against AP Top-25 opponents in the same season. Three such games in November marked the second time in school history the Broncos have played three games against ranked teams in the same calendar month (February 2012; at San Diego State, at UNLV, vs San Diego State).
PLAYING THE PAC: Boise State will play at least three games against Pacific-12 Conference foes. The Broncos played at Arizona Nov. 19, and met again Nov. 29, in the third-place game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy. Boise State now hosts Oregon Dec. 12. It is just the second time in program history Boise State has had at least three Pac-12 teams on the schedule in the same season and the first since 1997-98 (four).
RENEWED PAC-10 HISTORY: When the Broncos host Oregon Dec. 12, it will mark just the 11th time a member of the former Pacific-10 Conference has visited Boise State. The Broncos are 4-6 all-time in home games against schools from that group, with Oregon State the most frequent visitor at four appearances (2-2). The Ducks have visited once previously (1996) and the most recent home game against a Pac-10 foe was 2007, against then-No. 9 Washington State.
MARQUEE MEETING: Boise State’s home game against Oregon, marks just the fourth time in program history the Broncos have hosted a nonconference game between two teams returning from the NCAA Tournament. Previously: Dec. 10, 1988 vs Oregon State; Dec. 10, 1994 vs Pepperdine; and Dec. 14, 2013 vs Saint Mary’s.
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