BOISE STATE TAKES TO THE ROAD WITH A PAIR OF GAMES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Boise State men’s basketball team returns to the road for its first extended road trip of the season as the Broncos take on Cal State Bakersfield, Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:05 p.m., before turning around to travel further south to face off against San Diego, Monday, Dec. 22, at 7:05 p.m. (PST).
ABOUT THE CSU BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS (3-7, Independent): The Roadrunners have posted a record of 3-7 in just their second season they have taken on a full NCAA Division I Schedule ... Leading the way for CSUB is Trent Blakley as he is averaging 14.1 points per game, while shooting .438 percent from the floor (49-112) in addition to firing an impressive .439 percent from beyond the arc (18-41) ... Look for Santwon Latunde to make his presence known on the floor as he not only leads the team in rebounding averaging 7.6 boards per game, but is averaging 11.4 points per game, also making .438 percent of this shots (42-96) ... The Runners own an all-time mark of 28-73 in 98 games against Division I opponents ... Due to changes in NCAA regulations Bakersfield is going through a four-year reclassification process to full DI membership and has two more season before the change is complete.
LAST TIME AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD (FEB. 20, 2008): Reggie Larry made 11 of 14 shots and scored 23 points, Matt Nelson added 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Boise State routed Cal State Bakersfield 81-56 ... Boise State dominated the independent Roadrunners in a non-conference matchup, holding a 57-29 rebounding edge and limiting CSUB to 30 percent field goal shooting ... Demarcus Hall led the Roadrunners with 12 points and Trent Blakley added 10 ... Boise State outscored the Roadrunners 22-7 in the last nine minutes of the first half to break the game open and lead 42-22 at halftime ... Nelson scored 17 in the first half and connected on 8 of 10 field goals for the game ...Neither team was effective from long range, Boise State hitting only 7 of 24 3-pointers and the Roadrunners converting on only 5 of 26 attempts from deep ...Boise State's inside dominance accounted for 46 points in the paint while the Roadrunners could only score 22 points.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE ROADRUNNERS: The Broncos have only faced off against the Roadrunners once in the past, with their first match-up being last season ... The series between the two schools stands with Boise State leading the way at 1-0.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO TOREROS (5-6, 0-0 WCC): The Toreros are off to a rough start to the season, owning a record of 5-6 in nonconference play, but things are looking up for San Diego as they captured a huge road win over the Oregon Ducks, Dec. 13, beating out the Pac-10 powerhouse 64-57 ... Look for Gyno Pomare to lead the Toreros on the floor as he not only leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game, but leads San Diego on the defensive side of the ball with 10 blocks, 10 steals, and averages a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game ... The Toreros suffered a devastating loss as senior point guard Brandon Johnson ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon against rival San Diego State ... Johnson finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, and tallied 29 assists and 13 steals in just eight games.
LAST TIME AGAINST SAN DIEGO (NOV. 28, 2007): Reggie Larry matched his season high with 20 points and Matt Nelson posted his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds as Boise State defeated San Diego 77-71 ... Tyler Tiedeman scored 11 of his 14 points in the game’s first five minutes for the Broncos as Boise State took control early and improved to 4-2 with the win ... Brandon Johnson led the Toreros with 23 points and Chris Lewis had 11 points and 10 rebounds for San Diego ... De'Jon Jackson also contributed 11 points for San Diego ... Larry scored 10 points in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half as the Broncos built a 54-45 lead with 12:36 remaining, but the Toreros refused to fold as Johnson erupted for 16 points in the final 10 minutes to keep the game close ... Nelson was eight-for-10 from the field for Boise State while Gyno Pomare finished with 13 rebounds for San Diego ... Rob Jones scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Toreros.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE TOREROS: Historically, the series between the Broncos and Toreros is tied at 3-3 ... The first meeting between the two schools took place during the 1981-82 season ... Neither team has won a game while playing at the opponents home court ... Coach Greg Graham owns a record of 1-0 against San Diego and Torero coach Bill Grier ... The last time the Toreros posted a win against the Broncos was during the 2000-01 season, in Rod Jenson’s last year at Boise State, when San Diego posted a 85-59 victory on its home court.
RADIO: KIDO (580 AM) in Boise, will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler providing the play-by-play. Former Boise State basketball player Abe Jackson handles color commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM), Sun Valley (KYZK 107.5FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its first year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.
TELEVISION: The CSUB game will not be televised, but live stats will be available on the Roadrunners website. The game at San Diego will be televised locally on Channel 4 San Diego (Steve Quis & Jim Brogan). The game can also be heard via the internet at www.usdtoreros.com.
BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET: Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.
COACH GRAHAM VS. THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE: During coach Graham’s seven year tenure at Boise State, he has posted a record of 4-4 against WCC opponents ... This marks the second time this season the Broncos have faced off against a school from the WCC and currently own a record of 0-1 this season against the conference, falling to San Francisco last week ... While the record against the conference may be tied, coach Graham leads the series against San Diego, 1-0, which also marks the Broncos last win over a WCC team ... Last season, Boise State went 2-1 against the WCC after posting wins over San Francisco and San Diego and falling to Loyola Marymount.
GAME NINE LOSS EQUALS GAME TEN WIN: Over the last 14 seasons, when the Broncos have lost their ninth game of the season, they have turned around to win their 10th ... Boise State has turned a game nine loss into a game 10 victory in five seasons (1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008) ... Three of those five came under coach Graham ... The last time the Broncos lost games nine and 10 was during the 1993-94 season when Boise State started off the year 5-5, but went on to finish the season at 17-13, 7-7 in conference play, and won the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
GAME 10 IS A HISTORICAL SEASON MAKE-OR-BREAKER: In the last 10 seasons, the Broncos have started at 6-4 five times and have only finished that season above .500 once (17-14 in 2001 under Head Coach Rod Jensen) ... However, the two seasons in which Boise State has started at 7-3, the Broncos have gone on to post 20+ wins and were conference champions (1999 and 2008).
GARNER MAKES HISTORY OFF THE BENCH: Senior guard Aaron Garner had a career night as he scored a career‐high 19 points at Brigham Young, tallying 17 along in the first half, passing his previous best of 15 points ... His 17 points in the first half made up over half of the Broncos total 29 points ... Led Boise State in scoring off the bench ... Last time the leading scorer for the Broncos came off the bench was Matt Bauscher with 16 points in a 94-69 win over Montana State, Dec. 6, 2006.
BRONCOS CAPITALIZE ON CUNNINGHAM: Junior Kurt Cunningham went 1‐for‐1 from the line and extended his streak of consecutive free throws made to 11 ... Cunningham, who currently leads the WAC in shooting percentage, went 3‐for‐5 from the field at Brigham Young and 3-for-4 against San Francisco, marking his ninth consecutive game in which he shot 50 percent or better from the floor.