Conference Opener Set for Wednesday
Dec. 26, 2017

Boise State (10-2) vs. Colorado State (7-6)
Wednesday, Dec. 27 | 7:30 p.m. (MT)
Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena
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THE GAME:
Boise State (10-2) will open Mountain West play against Colorado State (7-6) Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. (MT) at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos will look to improve upon their perfect 7-0 record in home games so far this season.

The Last Meeting
Boise State79
Colorado State76
January 31, 2017
Fort Collins, Colo.
Broncos Hold Off Hot CSU
Paris Austin made 7 of 10 from the field, 10 straight free throws and scored a career-high 25, James Reid added 18 points and Boise State held off Colorado State for a 79-76 win on Tuesday night.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK: The game will air on CBS Sports Network with John Sadak and Jordan Cornette on the call. Wednesday’s matchup will be the first televised home game of the season.

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Wednesday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 7 p.m.

ABOUT COLORADO STATE: Winners of three-straight games including a recent 68-66 buzzer-beating victory over Long Beach State (Dec. 23), the Rams and Broncos have one common opponent from the non-conference season, as Colorado State fell to Oregon on Dec. 8, 95-65, in Eugene.

Junior guard Prentiss Nixon leads the way for CSU averaging 17.8 points per game while Che Bob (8.4 rpg) and Nico Carvacho (7.5 rpg) are two of the top rebounders in the conference. The Rams are also one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the conference, averaging 11.8 offensive boards per game.

CONFERENCE OPENERS: Boise State is 25-22 all-time in conference openers. The Broncos are 5-2 in conference openers under Leon Rice, including a 4-2 mark since joining the Mountain West.

FUN GAMES WITH CSU: The last seven meetings between the Rams and Broncos have been decided by seven points or fewer. Last season Chandler Hutchison hit a buzzer-beating three to give Boise State the 74-73 win on Dec. 31, 2016 at Taco Bell Arena and then followed it up with a 79-76 road victory in Fort Collins, Colo., on Jan. 31, 2017.

Colorado State leads the all-time series 10-9.

SUPERB NON-CONFERENCE SEASON: The 10-2 record and .833 winning percentage is the best non-conference season according to winning percentage since 2012-13 when the team went 12-2 (.857). With winning streaks of four and six games, the Broncos played some excellent basketball throughout November and December.

EMPHASIZING THE THREE: Boise State continues to control the 3-point line on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. The Broncos are No. 32 in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage (39.9%), No. 17 in 3-point field goals (135) and No. 14 in 3-point field goal defense (28.8).

CHANDLER IN ELITE COMPANY: One of the most versatile players in the country, Chandler Hutchison (15.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.1 apg) is one two players in the NCAA who is currently averaging at least 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. The senior accumulated four 20-point, 10-rebound games in the non-conference season, putting him in a tie for first place in school history for career 20-point, 10-rebound games with 10.

He also is tied for third in the Mountain West with five double-doubles on the season.

JESSUP STILL ON FIRE: Justinian Jessup has already knocked down 44 threes through 12 games (3.7 avg. per game) at a 51.8 percent clip – putting him in the top 15 in the NCAA in all three categories. His 15.2 points per game average is second on the team.


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