Broncos Tangle with Cyclones in Diamond Head Final

Dec. 25, 2013

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THE GAME: Boise State (10-2) and No. 14/13 Iowa State (10-0) will battle for the championship of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. (HT)/6:30 p.m. (MT) at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

TV INFORMATION: The game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
Play-by-Play: Roxy Bernstein
Analyst: Miles Simon

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

SERIES HISTORY: First meeting. Boise State is 2-5 all-time against current Big 12 members. Both wins came against TCU, before the Horned Frogs joined the conference.

BRONCOS ON CHRISTMAS DAY: Boise State has never played on Christmas Day.

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.

TOURNAMENT TITLES: Boise State has won five conference tournament championships. Only twice did the Broncos have to win three games to earn the title (1994 and 2008). Boise State has never won a three-game tournament, during the regular season. The only previous time the Broncos reached the final of such a tournament was the 1997 Hilo Holiday Shootout, falling to Oregon State.

DRMIC LEADS THE WAY: Boise State junior Anthony Drmic has led the Broncos in scoring each of the first two games and his 51 total points lead all scorers in the Diamond Head Classic. Drmic enters the final 28 points shy of the single-tournament record. Drmic scored 21 points against Hawai'i before netting 30 in the semifinal win against South Carolina. It was just the fourth 30-point performance in tournament history. The Bronco junior has been efficient in the two games, shooting 58.6 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. In the Broncos' two losses preceding the tournament, Drmic shot 31 percent from the field.

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