Broncos Set for Showdown with Vandals
DATE: Thursday; Dec. 20, 2012
TIME: 7:05 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena; 5,000)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network /

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

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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