New Orleans On Tap for Broncos in Vegas
DATE: Sunday; Dec. 23, 2012
TIME: 2 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
TV: N/A
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will play its second-consecutive neutral-site game, squaring off against New Orleans Sunday (Dec. 23) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tip between the Broncos (8-2) and Privateers (3-7) is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MT).

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

SERIES HISTORY: This will be the first game played all-time between Boise State and New Orleans.

NEUTRAL-SITE GAMES: Under head coach Leon Rice, Boise State is 3-2 in neutral-site games. The Broncos are 1-0 this season, and went 1-1 in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

SUNDAY GAMES:  The Broncos’ game against the Privateers is the fourth of five Boise State match-ups played on Sunday this season, the most since also playing five during 1998-99. The Broncos are 5-2 on Sundays under head coach Leon Rice. Boise State did not play a Sunday game in 2011-12.

TAKING ADVANTAGE: Derrick Marks (.892) leads the Mountain West in free throw shooting, and went a perfect 12-for-12 against LSU, Dec. 14. The performance was the best by a Bronco at the line since Gerry Washington went 14-for-14 against Idaho, Jan. 31, 1998. Marks’ effort against the Tigers is also tied for the second-best performance at the line all-time (Tanoka Beard; Montana State, Jan. 2, 1991). Against LSU and Idaho, Marks had a streak of 20-consecutive made free throws.

STARTING LINE-UP: After using 15 different starting line-ups in 30 games last season, Boise State has used the same starting five in each of the first 10 games of 2012-13 – more than any combination in all of 2011-12.

The Broncos were one of three teams nationally to start every player to see game action in 2011-12.

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 76.6 points per game. Boise State ranked 50th-nationally in scoring through games played Dec. 16.

PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range, a mark that ranked 10th-nationally (through games played Dec. 16) and leads the Mountain West.

Boise State is also averaging 7.80 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and ranked 36th-nationally, Dec. 16.

Sophomore Anthony Drmic currently ranks tied for third in the MW in 3-point field goal percentage (.431) and third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.50). He ranked 32nd-nationally in 3-point field goal percentage as of Dec. 16.

Junior Jeff Elorriaga ranks fifth in the MW in 3-point field goal percentage (.400) and seventh in the league in 3-point field goals made, averaging 2.20 per game.

Drmic and Elorriaga have each led the MW in 3-point field goal percentage at one point this season.

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE:  Boise State’s 47.0 percent field goal shooting ranks second in the Mountain West, and was 46th-nationally in games played through Dec. 16. Individually, Derrick Marks ranks fifth (.466).

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 second in the league in scoring this season - regardless of classification - at 19.7 PPG. He also ranked 43rd-nationally through games played Dec. 16.

Anthony Drmic, who led all league freshman in scoring last season (12.0 PPG), ranks seventh in scoring at 15.3 PPG in 2012-13. In games played through Dec. 20, Marks and Drmic were the highest-scoring sophomores in the league.

Boise State, Nevada and Wyoming were the only teams with two players ranking in the top 10 in the league in scoring through games played Dec. 20.

SHARING THE WEALTH: Derrick Marks is the only player in the Mountain West to rank amongst the league’s top five in both scoring (second; 19.7) and assists (fifth; 3.60).

13-STRAIGHT WITH 10-PLUS: Dating back to last season, sophomore guard Derrick Marks has scored in double figures in 13-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 2.60 per game. The mark also ranked 20th-nationally in games played through Dec. 16.

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