Boise State Opens MW Play at No. 24 Colorado State
Dec. 30, 2014

Wednesday, Dec. 31 at No. 24 Colorado State 7 p.m. MT
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Complete Game Notes 
 
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball opens Mountain West play Wednesday, at Colorado State. On the last day of the year, the Broncos (10-3) will look to hand the Rams (13-0) their first loss of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at Moby Arena.
 
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.
Play-by-Play: Mike Walsh
Analyst: Abe Jackson
 
TV INFORMATION: The game Wednesday will be televised by ROOT Sports. It will be carried on ROOT Sports Northwest and Rocky Mountain and in some parts of the ROOT Sports Southwest territory. In Boise, ROOT Sports Northwest can be found on Cable ONE channels 27 and 431 (HD), DirecTV 687 and Dish Network 426. Other regional channels may be available in sports packages from satellite providers.
Play-by-Play: Jerry Schemmel
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
 
ABOUT COLORADO STATE: The Rams are one of the final six undefeated teams in the country at 13-0. Colorado State is led by J.J. Avila’s 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Four Rams score in double figures, including Gian Clavell who has not started a game this season. CSU is outrebounding opponents by nearly six boards per game and also averages more than 16 assists.
 
SERIES HISTORY:  Colorado State leads the all-time series 7-5, including a 6-1 edge in games played in Fort Collins. Boise State picked up its first road win in the series last season with an 84-72 win in the only meeting of the season.
 
CONFERENCE OPENERS: Boise State is 23-21 all-time in conference openers and has won 13 of the last 20. The Broncos are 3-1 under Leon Rice. They have a 2-1 mark in Mountain West openers, winning the last two. Wednesday will mark the second time under Rice Boise State has played its conference opener on the road. The other instance was a 63-61 win Jan. 9, 2013, at Wyoming. The Broncos are 9-12 all-time in conference openers played on the road.
 
VS RANKED OPPONENTS: The Broncos are 6-42 all-time against AP Top 25 teams, including a 0-9 mark against top-five foes. Under Leon Rice, Boise State is 1-17 against ranked opponents. The highest-ranked team Boise State has defeated was No. 11 Creighton, an 83-70 victory on the road Nov. 28, 2012.
 
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: This marks Boise State’s 18th game against a top-25 opponent since Leon Rice took over as head coach. The Broncos played 15 ranked teams in the 17 years prior to Rice’s arrival. Of the 17 losses to ranked teams under Rice, 10 have come by five points or fewer.
 
DRMIC SIDELINED: Boise State senior Anthon Drmic will miss the rest of the year with season-ending ankle surgery. Drmic meets the NCAA criteria to apply for a medical hardship and Boise State will seek a waiver for him to return for the 2015-16 season.
 
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS: Boise State went 10-3 in the nonconference portion of its regular-season schedule. The Broncos won five games at home and five away from home (three on neutral courts and two true road games). All three losses came away from home, including two in road contests. It is the fourth-straight season Boise State has won at least 10 regular-season nonconference games, including a school-record 12 during the 2012-13 season.
 
LOYOLA LOSS: Boise State played for the Las Vegas Classic championship Dec. 23, against Loyola (Ill.). It was the first time the Broncos played without both Anthony Drmic (back/ankle) and Derrick Marks (ankle) since the duo started their careers. The shorthanded Broncos fell 48-45, shooting 29.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from three-point range. The 45 points matched Boise State’s fewest scored under Leon Rice (Dec. 10, 2011, at LSU). It was Boise State’s first loss while holding an opponent to fewer than 50 points since Nov. 29, 2001, in a 47-42 loss at Eastern Washington.
The Last Meeting
Boise State84
Colorado State72
February 18, 2014
Fort Collins, Colo.
Hot-Shooting Broncos Down Colorado State 84-72
Anthony Drmic scored 19 points to go with five assists and Boise State knocked down 13 3-pointers in an 84-72 win at Colorado State on Tuesday night.


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