Diamond Head Classic Ahead for the Broncos
Dec. 19, 2013
What: Boise State at Hawai'i | Diamond Head Classic Opening Round
When: Sunday, Dec. 22 | 8 p.m. (HT)/11 p.m. (MT)
Where: Honolulu | Stan Sheriff Center
Watch: ESPNU and WatchESPN
Listen: Bronco Radio Network and BroncoSports
THE GAME: Boise State (8-2) heads to the islands of Hawaii this week to take part in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, Dec. 22-25, in Honolulu. The Broncos open Sunday at 8 p.m. (HT)/11 p.m. (MT) against host Hawai'i (7-2).
TV INFORMATION: Sunday's game will be nationally televised by ESPNU. The remaining games of the tournament will also appear on the ESPN Family of Networks.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State's games 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.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads 12-10. The Broncos and Warriors are former league foes in the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State is 4-7 all-time at Hawai'i, including a win during Leon Rice's first season (Jan. 8, 2011), in its last trip.
THE DIAMOND HEAD FIELD: Boise State will be joined in Hawaii by six other teams as well as the host team, Hawai'i. Saint Mary's (8-0) and South Carolina (2-5) are on the same side of the bracket as the Broncos. The other half features Iowa State (7-0) and George Mason (5-4), as well as Oregon State (6-2) and Akron (4-2). Saint Mary's has one game left Thursday night.
A DECADE IN THE MAKING: The appearance at the Diamond Head Classic is Boise State's first in a major preseason tournament since the 2000 Pearl Harbor Classic, also on the island of Oahu. Fellow-DHC participant Iowa State was the champion of the 2000 Pear Harbor Classic. That Cyclone team went on to earn a No. 2 seed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament and played its first-round game in Boise, Idaho. Iowa State infamously became the fourth No. 2 seed to lose to a No. 15 seed in the first round as Hampton won 58-57 and put an exclamation point on a day at Taco Bell Arena that will always be remembered as one of the most exciting single days at one site in tournament history.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Four Broncos are socring in double digits. Anthony Drmic leads the way at 18.6 points per game and is joined in double figures by Derrick Marks (17.7), Jeff Elorriaga (12.9) and Ryan Watkins (10.1). Mikey Thompson is just off the pace at 9.9 points per game.
THIEVERY: Boise State is averaging 8.9 steals per game, tops in the MW. Derrick Marks (2.4 spg) and Anthony Drmic (2.1 spg), rank first and second individually in the conference. The Broncos have turned those extra possessions into points on a consistent basis, outscoring opponents 179-80 on points off turnovers this season and 72-46 on fastbreak points. Boise State is averaging 1.22 points per possession that stems from an opponent turnover.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK: Boise State forces opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game and ranks 17th in the country in turnover margin (+4.5). The Broncos' steady guard play is led by senior Jeff Elorriaga. In 295 minutes across nine games this season, Elorriaga has turned the ball over just three times. Last season, he commited just 19 turnovers in 982 minutes on the floor, less than one turnover every 50 minutes. Junior Igor Hadziomerovic has 29 assists to just eight turnovers this season in 10 games (24.1 minutes per game).
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