Broncos Set for Showdown with Vandals
DATE: Thursday; Dec. 20, 2012
TIME: 7:05 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena; 5,000)
TV: ROOT SPORTS
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will square off against in-state rival Idaho Thursday (Dec. 20), at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. The Broncos (7-2) and Vandals (4-5) are slated for a 7:05 p.m. tip, and the game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.
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
TV INFORMATION: Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on both ROOT SPORTS Northwest and ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain.
Play-by-Play: Tom Glasgow
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
Sidelines: Jen Mueller
SERIES HISTORY: Thursday’s game marks the 87th meeting between the schools since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season. Dating back to Jan. 9, 1971, the Broncos hold a 51-35 advantage in the series, including a 3-0 record under head coach Leon Rice.
Boise State won last year’s nonconference meeting 76-73 at the Idaho Center in Nampa (Dec. 31, 2011), just the second neutral-site game played all-time between the schools. Last year’s meeting was also just the ninth game played in the series where the schools were not members of the same conference. The Broncos are 9-0 when playing as nonconference foes.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Through the early part of the season, a number of statistical measures have equated success for Boise State. When the Broncos lead at the half, they are undefeated (6-0). When shooting better than 45 percent from the field, the Broncos are undefeated (4-0). When holding opponents to less than 50 percent shooting, Boise State is undefeated (6-0). When making eight-or-more 3-pointers, Boise State is undefeated (5-0). If the Broncos outrebound their opponent, they are undefeated (5-0). If Boise State has equal-or-more assists, the team is undefeated (5-0).
NEUTRAL-SITE GAMES: Under head coach Leon Rice, Boise State is 2-2 in neutral-site games. The Broncos went 1-1 in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. Last year’s neutral-site victory came against Idaho (76-74), Dec. 31, 2011, at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
30-POINT TEAMMATES: Derrick Marks (35; Creighton) and Anthony Drmic (34; LSU) are just the third set of teammates to notch 30-point games in the same season all-time at Boise State. Pat Hoke and Steve Connor accomplished the feat in both the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons, and Reggie Arnold and Ike Okoye accomplished the feat in 2009-10.
80-PLUS: The Broncos have scored 80-or-more points five times this season, already as many times as the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12. Boise State ranks third in the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 76.4 points per game. The mark also ranks 50th-nationally.
PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range, a mark that ranks 10th nationally and leads the Mountain West.
Boise State is also averaging 8.11 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and 36th-nationally.
Sophomore Anthony Drmic leads the MW individually in 3-point field goal percentage (.436), and ranks 32nd-nationally in the statistical category. He also ranks second in 3-point field goals made per game (2.67).
Junior Jeff Elorriaga ranks seventh in the league in 3-point field goals made, averaging 2.22 per game. Elorriaga led the MW in 3-point field goal percentage earlier this season.
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