Broncos Return Home for Test Against 7-0 Gaels
Mikey Thompson is averaging 10.1 points per game off the bench

Dec. 12, 2013

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BOISE, Idaho -

THE GAME: Boise State (8-1) returns to Taco Bell Arena Saturday, where the Broncos will host undefeated Saint Mary's (7-0). Tip off is set for 4:05 p.m. (MT).

TV INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be televised by ROOT Sports, in both the Rocky Mountain and Northwest regions and on the MW Network outside those areas.
Play-by-Play: Jerry Schemmel
Analyst: Joe Cravens

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.
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson

ISLAND PREVIEW?: The meeting between Boise State and Saint Mary's, Saturday, is a non-bracketed game of the Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25 in Honolulu). The Broncos and Gaels could meet again on the second day of the tournament. It would be the second time the schools have met twice in the same month (December 1987).
 
SIZZLING START: Boise State is 8-1, matching the best start in school history through nine games, after winning the first eight games of a season for the first time. Six previous Boise State squads also won eight of their first nine games (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1994-95, 2003-04 and 2011-12). Only twice did the Broncos extend their record to 9-1 (1987-88 and 1988-89).

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads 6-5. The Broncos and Gaels last met 17 years ago, to the day. Saint Mary's defeated Boise State 58-57, Dec. 14, 1996, in Provo, Utah, at the BYU Cougar Classic. The Broncos are 4-1 at home in the series, including 4-0 at Taco Bell Arena.

TICKETS: Boise State will be running an "Early Bird Special," where tickets are $6 through halftime of the women's game. After halftime, tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $14 for juniors (ages two through high school).

BIG CROWD: Boise State played in front of 21,565 fans at Rupp Arena when the Broncos faced Kentucky (Dec. 10). It is the largest attendance for a Boise State basketball game

HITTING A HUNDRED: Boise State is the 10th-highest scoring team in the country averaging 87.8 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: Four Broncos are averaging double-digit scoring through eight games. Anthony Drmic leads the way at 20.1 points per game and is joined in double figures by Derrick Marks (17.2), Jeff Elorriaga (12.0) and Mikey Thompson (10.1). Ryan Watkins is just off the pace at 9.7 points per game.

A BEAST ON THE BOARDS: Ryan Watkins is now averaging 10.1 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.

NIGHT IN AND NIGHT OUT: Ryan Watkins has at least 10 rebounds in six of the first nine games. Included was a streak of five-straight (Nov. 23-Dec. 5) 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).


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