Broncos, Ramblers Play for Title
Dec. 23, 2014

Tuesday, Dec. 23 vs Loyola 8:30 p.m. PT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball takes on Loyola (Ill.) Tuesday, in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena. The Broncos (10-2) put their six-game winning streak on the line against the Ramblers (9-2), winners of five straight. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT.
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
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson
TV INFORMATION: The game between Boise State and Loyola will be televised on Fox Sports 1.  In Boise, FS1 can be found on Cable ONE channel 26, DirecTV channel 219 and DISH channel 150.
Play-by-Play: Joe Davis
Analyst: Donny Marshall
ABOUT LOYOLA: The Ramblers are 9-2 and advanced to the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic with a 62-44 win against Texas Tech. Loyola is led by Kansas transfer Milton Doyle who averages 13.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. The Ramblers shoot 48.7 percent as a team, but are allowing opponents to shoot 41.4 percent. Loyola is the shortest team in the Missouri Valley Conference, with an average height of just 76 inches.
SERIES HISTORY:  Boise State and Loyola have never met in men’s basketball.
TOURNAMENT TITLE: Boise State will vie for its second tournament championship of the season Tuesday, in the title game of the Las Vegas Classic. The Broncos won the LMU Classic to start the season with wins against San Diego and host Loyola Marymount. Prior to this season, the last time Boise State won a regular-season tournament was the 1996 Albertsons Holiday Classic in Boise with wins against Campbell and Gonzaga.
HOME IS WHERE THE HOOP IS: Boise State has won 10 games, including two on the road and three at neutral sites. The Broncos are one of just eight schools in the country with at least 10 wins on the season and multiple victories in true road games and neutral-site contests. The Broncos will vie for a fourth win on a neutral court Tuesday, against Loyola. Villanova is currently the only team in the country with at least four neutral-site wins and multiple road wins.
BRONCO WIN STREAK: Boise State is riding a six-game winning streak. The last loss was Nov. 28, at North Carolina State. This is the 18th time Boise State has rattled off six straight wins since becoming a Division I program (1970-71). It is the fifth such streak under fifth-year head coach Leon Rice. Only 11 of the previous win streaks reached seven games. The longest win streak in the school’s DI history is 10 games, set in 1987-88 (Dec. 29 through Jan. 28).
IMPROVED MARKS-MANSHIP: Derrick Marks spent the offseason working on his jumpshot and it is paying dividends. Marks is shooting 58.1 percent from three-point range, going 25-for-43 from deep. He has made multiple triples in seven games this season, including five games with three three-pointers. In his first three seasons, Marks had just eight games with multiple threes and only one game with more than two. He has made multiple triples in six-straight games, the first time in his career he has done so in consecutive games. He made a career-high five against Abilene Christian (Dec. 20), and his 25 makes on the year are a career high.
PUTTING THE CLAMPS ON: Boise State defeated Abilene Christian 77-33, Dec. 20, at Taco Bell Arena. The 33 points allowed are the fewest in Boise State history. The Broncos previously held Cal Poly to 35 points, Dec. 12, 1994. Boise State also held the Wildcats to 20 percent shooting from the field (11-for-55), the lowest opponent field goal percentage in the at least the three-point era (1986-87), which is as far back as single-game records extend.

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