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Boise State (11-8, 2-2 MW) at UNLV (15-5, 3-1 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012  at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Las Vegas, Nev. (Cox Pavilion)
Radio:  KTIK (AM 1350)
Internet Audio: BroncoSports.com
Live Stats: UNLVrebels.com



What's Happening This Week
  • Mountain West action continues this week when Boise State University (11-8, 2-2 MW) hits the road for a rare two-game trip this season.
  • The action begins Wednesday night when the Broncos travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on the surprise team of the league UNLV Rebels (15-5, 3-1 MW). Game time for the contest is 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus (adjacent to the Thomas & Mack Center).
  • The Broncos will finish the week at the University of Wyoming in Laramie where they will tip at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Arena Auditorium.

UNLV Game Story Lines
  • Boise State will look to snap a two-game skid this week when the Broncos take on UNLV Wednesday night.
  • The Broncos dropped a pair of home conference games last week losing 60-52 to Colorado State Tuesday and 74-68 to TCU on Saturday.
  • Boise State will look to regain its shooting touch after struggling in four league games. The Broncos are currently second in field goal and 3-point percentages at 41.9 and 33.7 percent respectively. However, those totals have dropped significantly since conference play began as Boise State has struggled getting shots to fall ranking seventh out of eight in both categories at 36.9 and 32.1 percent respectively.
  • Boise State is 3-3 on the road this year and has won its last two away from Boise, including a 81-75 victory at Air Force on Jan. 14 in its only road conference game to date.
  • UNLV is the surprise team of the Mountain West so far this season, predicted to finish fifth the Rebels have rolled off a 15-5 overall record while going 3-1 in league play.
  • The Broncos are 3-1 all-time in UNLV's Cox Pavilion. Boise State played in the 2006 Duel in the Desert where it defeated UNLV (76-63) then lost to Purdue (80-64). In 2009 Boise State won the Lady Rebel Classic with victories over UNLV (74-66) and Washington State (68-64).

Boise State Versus UNLV
  • This will be the first meeting as conference rivals and the third all-time with Boise State leading the series 2-0. All previous meetings have been played in Las Vegas at Cox Pavilion.
  • Both previous meetings have come while Gordy Presnell has been the Broncos' head coach.
  • The first meeting was on Dec. 20, 2006 in the first round of the Duel in the Desert with the Broncos winning 76-63.
  • The last meeting was in the first round of the Lady Rebel Classic on Nov. 28, 2009 with Boise State defeating the Lady Rebels 74-66 on its way to winning the tournament title.   

A Quick Look at UNLV
  • UNLV is 3-1 in league play winning three times on the road and losing once at home.
  • The Lady Rebels opened with a road win at Wyoming (54-51) followed by a home overtime loss to San Diego State (66-62). Last week they swept a pair of road games at TCU (72-57) and at New Mexico (64-50).
  • UNLV was picked to place fifth in the MW preseason poll.
  • UNLV features the third ranked scoring offense and defense in the MW on the season at 62.3 and 56.6 points per game respectively.
  • Leading the Rebels are junior guard Kelli Thompson averaging 12.1 points per game (10th MW), senior post Lenita Sanford adds 11.6 ppg, while Preseason All-MW honoree Jamie Smith, a senior forward, chips in 9.5 ppg and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game (3rd MW).
  • This is Kathy Oliver's third season as head coach at UNLV where she is 42-41, her career mark is 274-249 in 19 years.

High Scoring Broncos
  • Boise State enters the week second in the Mountain West for field goal percentage at 41.9 percent and 3-point percentage at 33.7 percent, while featuring the top percentage from the free-throw line at 73.9 percent.
  • Their shooting success has led to a league best 71.5 points per game, almost four points better than second-place San Diego State at 67.8 ppg.
  • Boise State has scored over 80 points seven times this year going 5-2 in those games. They have been over 70 points 10 times (7-3).
  • The Broncos are 1-4 when scoring below 60 points.
  • In MW games Boise State's numbers have dipped a bit ranking second in scoring offense (66.5 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage at 36.9 percent, seventh in 3-point percentage at 32.1 percent.
  • They are shooting a league-best 79.3 percent from the free-throw line in four MW games.

Boise State's National Statistical Rankings (as of 1/22/2012)

  • Offensively, the Broncos are ranked in the top 100 nationally for scoring offense (43rd), field goal percentage (60th), 3-point percentage (46th), 3-pointers made per game (45th), free throw percentage (35th) and assists (82nd).  

The Broncos Defensively

  • Defensively, the Broncos are seventh in the MW for scoring defense giving up 67.3 points per game. However, in league games they are fifth allowing 63.8 ppg.
  • On the year they are seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.6 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State is third in the MW for 3-point defense this season holding opponents to 29.8 percent from beyond the arc.  

The Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos are third in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 35.7 boards per game.
  • Boise State is tied for third in the MW for rebound offense averaging 39.2 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but five teams (six games) this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +3.5.
  • The Broncos average 14.1 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 11.6 points per game on second chance points.