Broncos Host Nevada Wednesday Night

Jan. 14, 2014

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GAME FACTS

  • Opponent: Nevada Wolf Pack 
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
  • Date: January 15 (Wednesday)
  • Time:  7 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats:  BroncoSports.com
  • Live Video:  BroncoSports.com 

The Last Meeting
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February 27, 2013
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Boise State Wins on the Road at Nevada
Boise State Wins on the Road at Nevada


WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (6-8, 1-2 MW) opens the third week of conference play at home when the Broncos host the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-8, 2-2 MW) at 7 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. 
  • Ticket Promotion: In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day all girls and women get into the Nevada game for $3 each. 
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Follow the Game: The contest at Nevada will feature live stats on BroncoSports.com at http://www.broncosports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/bosu-w-baskbl-sched.html and free live video at http://www.broncosports.com/videos/.
  • Next Up: Boise State will travel to Utah State (8-6, 2-1 MW) for a 7 p.m. tip Saturday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. 


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Saturday’s game will be the 47th meeting all-time in the series between there longtime rivals with the Broncos holding a 32-14 advantage, it will be the third Mountain West encounter. 
  • Third Longest Rivalry: The rivalry with Nevada ranks third in terms of times played in Boise State history. The Broncos and Wolf Pack have been league rivals in five different conference since the late 1980’s: Mountain West Athletic Conference (1987-88), Big Sky Conference (1988-92), Big West Conference (1996-2001), Western Athletic Conference (2001-2011), Mountain West Conference (2011-present).
  • Home Court Advantage: Boise State has been dominating over the Wolf Pack at home in Taco Bell Arena owning a 19-4 all-time mark in the facility versus Nevada.
  • Last Year: Boise State and Nevada met twice last year, the first season that both were in the MW, with the Broncos sweeping the series on a 67-58 victory in Boise followed by a 80-62 win in Reno. 


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Preseason Poll: Boise State was picked to place seventh while Nevada was projected to finish 10th in the 2014 conference race by the combined coaches and media preseason poll. 
  • Recently for Boise State: Since returning from a short Christmas break the Broncos have gone 2-2 defeating Cal State Fullerton 66-64 in Boise (Dec. 29), then fell 72-63 in the MW opener at Fresno State (Jan. 4), followed a 73-64 win over San Diego State and most recently a hard fought 55-48 loss at Wyoming on Saturday. 
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 6-8 on the year and 1-2 in conference action. 
  • Recently for Nevada: The Wolf Pack has split its first four league games with a 101-74 win at home over San Jose State, a 72-64 loss at Wyoming, followed by a 57-49 home defeat at the hands of UNLV and a 76-72 road victory at Utah State last time out. 
  • Nevada’s Record: Nevada is 7-8 overall and 2-2 in MW play. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 6-2 overall and 1-0 during MW action in Taco Bell Arena this year. They are 267-142 (.653 pct.) all-time in the arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have lost all six road contests this season.
  • Nevada on the Road: The Wolf Pack are 3-3 on the road in 2013-14, 1-1 in league games. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 14.1 points per game (6th MW) and team-second-best 6.2 rebounds per game (14th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 10.4 points per game and team-best 6.3 rebounds per game (11th MW). After four games Deanna Weaver is averaging 15.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg, in league games Weaver is second in the MW in scoring at 16.7 ppg.
  • Leading the Wolf Pack: Nevada has three players averaging over 10 points per game on the year led by Terilyn Moe and Danika Sharp at 12.6 points per game (t-16th MW) each. Mimi Mungedi follows at 10.9 ppg and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game (t-9th MW). 
  • Boise State as a Team: On the year Boise State is shooting 38.5 percent (7th MW) from the floor, 30.5 percent (6th MW) from the 3-point arc and 74.1 percent (4th MW / 45th NCAA) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 69.6 points (6th MW) and 36.8 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 72.4 points (8th MW) and 40.7 boards (6th MW) per game. 
  • Nevada as a Team: This season the Wolf Pack averages 72.7 points (3rd MW) and 45.2 rebounds (1st MW) per game, while allowing 71.9 points (7th MW) and 41.1 rebounds per game (8th MW). They shoot 40.6 percent (4th MW) from the floor, 28.6 percent (11th MW) from the arc and 72.4 percent (5th MW) from the free-throw line.
  • The Coaches: Jane Albirght is in her 11th season at Nevada where she is 79-95, her career mark in 30 years is 476-407. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 142-121 and 537-248 in his 27th season all-time.



BRONCO NOTEBOOK

TEAM NOTES

  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had seven different players lead the team in scoring during the first 14 games. Miquelle Askew has led six times (tied once) while Lexie Der, Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego (tied once) and Deanna Weaver have led the team twice each, Keiahnna Engel, Brandi Henton and Brooke Pahukoa have all led once.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with five players averaging between 15.5 and 7.1 points per game. After four games Deanna Weaver is averaging 15.5 points per game, while Miquelle Askew is at 14.1 ppg, followed by Lexie Der at 10.4 ppg and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego at 9.7 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 69.6 points per game to rank sixth in the Mountain West and 130th nationally. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in 11 of 14 games to date. Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots than the Broncos, Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29) was the last to do it. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: The Broncos have shot better than their opponents percentage wise only three times this year in a 92-56 victory over the College of Idaho (Nov. 20), Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29) a 66-64 win and most recently in a 73-4 win over San Diego State (Jan. 8). They average nearly seven more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks fourth in the MW and 45th nationally in free throw percentage hitting 74.1 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in nine of 13 games to date. Interestingly enough they are only 3-6 in those contest and tend to win more (3-2) when shooting below 70 percent. In fact, they actually lost the top two games when they hit a season-high 88.6 percent versus Southern Utah (Nov. 8) and 85.7 percent at Wyoming. Boise State won the game when it shot a season-low 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5). 
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer or equal turnovers than the opponent in 11 of 14 contests and averages almost 20 points per game off turnovers, nearly five more than the opponents. The Broncos are fourth in the MW in turnover margin at +2.7 to rank 69th nationally.
  • Five Minute Mark: In Boise State’s first 14 contests the team leading with five minutes left in the game has won 13 times. Only once has Boise State rallied to win, that was in the Bronco’s victory over Idaho State (Nov. 29). The Broncos have not lost win leading at the five minute mark.
  • 3-Point Shooting: Boise State is 4-1 win taking fewer 3-point attempts than the opponent and 2-7 when taking more. 
  • The Key is Below 70: Boise State is 5-1 when keeping the opponent below 70 points. The Broncos are 1-7 when the opponent scores 70 or more.

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