Broncos Host LSU Friday at Taco Bell Arena

DATE: Friday; Dec. 14, 2012
TIME: 7 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
TV: N/A
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will host LSU Friday (Dec. 14) at Taco Bell Arena, the Broncos’ first home game against a Southeastern Conference opponent in school history. Tip between the Broncos (6-2) and Tigers (6-0) is scheduled for 7 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos fell 64-45 last season at LSU (Dec. 10, 2011), the only previous game played between the two teams. The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Broncos. Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 12 points, and Jeff Elorriaga added 11.

VERSUS THE SEC: Boise State is 0-3 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference, including last year’s 64-45 loss at LSU (Dec. 10, 2011). The game against the Tigers was the Broncos’ first match-up with an SEC team since facing Vanderbilt in the opening round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament, a game won 92-72 by the Commodores. The Broncos also faced Arkansas during the 1975-76 season, falling 72-56, Dec. 12, 1975.

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

HOME SWEET HOME: Boise State’s game against LSU is the first in nearly three weeks, and the only game at Taco Bell Arena in a span of  35 days. The Broncos’ last home game was Nov. 24 against UC Santa Barbara, and the next home game (after LSU) is Dec. 30 against Corban.

After opening the first three games of the season at home, the Broncos played at No. 11/11 Creighton (Nov. 28), at Seattle (Dec. 2) and at Utah (Dec. 5). Following the home game with LSU, Boise State will play neutral site games against Idaho (Dec. 20) and New Orleans (Dec. 23).

PLAYING UP: LSU is one of three opponents from a BCS conference on Boise State’s schedule this season, the second-straight year the Broncos have played three such games during the regular season.

Prior to last season, Boise State had not played as many regular-season games against BCS conference opponents in one season since 1997-98 (four), a span of 15 years. The six such games the last two seasons are more than the total of the previous 10 years combined.

80-PLUS: The Broncos have scored 80-or-more four times this season, nearly as many times as the team accomplished the feat last season (five). Boise State ranks third in the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 74.9 points per game.

TURNOVER QUANDRY: Despite committing just six turnovers, Boise State fell to Utah 76-55, Dec. 5. The turnovers were the fewest by the Broncos in a loss since falling to Idaho State March 9, 1995 (65-63), when the team also had six.

PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are averaging 8.13 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and 36th-nationally. Boise State is shooting a league-high 40.4 percent from 3-point range, a mark that ranks 17th-nationally.

Jeff Elorriaga ranks fifth in the MW individually in 3-point field goals per game (2.38), and Anthony Drmic (2.25) ranks seventh.

HOT SHOOTING: Boise State is 39-for-77 (.507) from 3-point range its last three games, having shot 50 percent or better against UC Santa Barbara (9-of-18; .500), No. 11/11 Creighton (10-of-19; .526) and Seattle (15-of-28; .536). The Broncos had not shot better than 50 percent from three in back-to-back-to-back games in at least the last 20 years.

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE:  Boise State’s 46.8 percent field goal shooting ranks second in the Mountain West. Individually, Derrick Marks ranks fifth in the league at 48.1 percent.

Boise State has knocked down more than 50 percent of its field goal attempts three times this season. The Broncos accomplished the feat four times in all of 2011-12.

CONTINUING TO SCORE: Sophomore guard Derrick Marks, who ranked second in the Mountain West in freshman scoring last season (9.4 PPG), ranks fourth in the league in scoring this season - regardless of classification - at 18.6 PPG. He also ranked 57th-nationally through games played Dec. 9.

Anthony Drmic, who led all league freshman in scoring last season (12.0 PPG), ranks ninth in scoring at 14.3 PPG in 2012-13. In games played through Dec. 11, Marks and Drmic were the highest-scoring sophomores in the league.

Boise State, Nevada and San Diego State were the only teams with two players ranking in the top 10 in the league in scoring through games played Dec. 11.

SHARING THE WEALTH:
In addition to ranking in the Mountain West’s top 10 in scoring, Derrick Marks (3.38) and Anthony Drmic (3.00) are also in the league’s top 10 in assists, ranking tied for fifth and tied for 10th, respectively. Drmic and Marks are two of only four players in the league with those credentials, a list that also includes Nevada’s Deonte Burton and San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin

11-STRAIGHT WITH 10-PLUS: Dating back to last season, sophomore guard Derrick Marks has scored in double figures in 11-conscutive games, the second-longest streak by a player in the Mountain West. He scored 10-or-more in the final three games of last season, and in every game thus far in 2012-13.

LEAGUE’S TOP THIEF: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in steals, averaging 2.50 per game. The mark also ranked 29th-nationally in games played through Dec. 9.

THE GLUE GUY: Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga ranks tied for seventh in the Mountain West in minutes played (31.38), and played the entire 40 minutes of the Broncos’ 83-70 victory over No. 11/11 Creighton, Nov. 28.

The former walk-on - who earned a scholarship prior to the 2012-13 season also ranks fifth in the MW in 3-point field goals per game (2.38).

FROSH SURPRISE: Redshirt freshman guard Mikey Thompson scored 10 points in his Boise State debut against Texas Southern (Nov. 11), and already has five scoring games in double figures - including a career-high 19 against Seattle (Dec. 2). Despite coming off the bench in every game this season, Thompson ranks third on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game.


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