MW Play Opens Saturday at Home
Dec. 31, 2015
Boise State (9-4) vs Colorado State (8-5)
Saturday, Jan. 2 | 5 p.m. MT | Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
THE GAME: Boise State (9-4) hosts Colorado State (8-5) Saturday, at 5 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena in the Mountain West opener for both teams. The Broncos are 2-2 in league openers since joining the MW.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE: The Rams finished nonconference play 8-5 and have played the last three games without leading scorer Gian Clavell who is expected to miss the rest of the season.
All-Time Series: Colorado State leads 8-6. MW Games: Boise State leads 4-3.
TV INFORMATION: The game will be live streamed on ESPN3, via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app with participating television or internet providers.
Play-by-Play: Trey Bender
Analyst: Bill Herenda
ON THE CALL: The Voice of the Broncos, Bob Behler, is back for his eighth season of calling Boise State men's basketball on the radio. Behler is joined by Bronco great Abe Jackson in his eighth year as the analyst. The game will be carried on the Bronco Radio Network, including flagship station 670 AM KBOI in Boise. A live audio stream is also available at BroncoSports.com.
HOME WIN STREAK: The Broncos have won 15 straight at home, matching the third-longest home win streak in program history. It also ties the longest streak in the Leon Rice era (15 games; Feb. 10, 2011 to Dec. 19, 2011). The Broncos won 19 consecutive home games from March 2, 1997 to Jan. 17, 1999; and 16 consecutive home games from Jan. 15, 1994 to Jan. 7, 1995.
LAST TIME: Boise State defeated UC Davis 64-56, Dec. 30, to close its nonconference slate. The Broncos finished the game on an 18-8 run to rally for the win. James Webb III scored a game-high 23 points.
RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR: Boise State is 3-2 under Leon Rice in the first game of the new calendar year. The Broncos are 25-20 all-time in such games since joining Division I (1970-71).
CRASHING COBY'S CLUB: Anthony Drmic joined an exclusive club at Boise State when he recorded a steal Dec. 30, against UC Davis. Drmic has now eclipsed the 1,500-point, 500-rebound, 200-assist and 100-steal plateaus. With his 100th steal he joined Coby Karl as the only Broncos in program history to reach all of those milestones. He is also just the third player in Mountain West history have achieved those numbers; matching Lee Cummard (BYU, 2005-09) and Wink Adams (UNLV, 2005-09).
BRONCOS PICKED SECOND: Boise State men's basketball was picked to finish second in the Mountain West in a preseason poll of media members from the league's 11 markets. The Broncos picked up two first-place votes and tallied 234 points in the poll. San Diego State led the preseason poll with 272 points and 22 of the 25 first-place votes.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State is 69-15 at Taco Bell Arena under head coach Leon Rice, including a 40-2 mark in nonconference games, winning 37 of the last 38. Boise State has won 48 of its last 54 overall at home.
DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: Boise State finished December with a perfect 6-0 record. It is the first time the Broncos have gone unbeaten in the month of December since 1991.
JACKSON JUMPS IN: Lonnie Jackson has made a three-pointer in 10 consecutive games and recently hit multiple triples in six straight (Nov. 29 to Dec. 20). Jackson made his first start as a Bronco against Loyola Marymount (Dec. 9) and scored 11 points for his third straight game in double figures. He has started the last four games.
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