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Nevada (6-11, 1-3 MW) at Boise State (9-8, 2-2 MW)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. (Mountain)
Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Boise State (9-8, 2-2 MW) returns to Taco Bell Arena for a two game homestand in Mountain West play beginning with the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-11, 1-3 MW) at 2 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday. This is the renewal of Boise State's oldest rivalry among MW schools that stretches five different conferences and 44 games.
  • The homestand will continue next Wednesday, Jan. 30, when the Colorado State Rams (5-12, 1-3 MW) come to town for a 7 p.m. encounter with the Broncos in Taco Bell Arena.  

THE SERIES
  • All-Time Record: Saturday's game will be the 45th meeting all-time in the series between the two longtime rivals. Boise State holds a 30-14 advantage in the all-times series with Nevada.  
  • Last Year:  These two teams did not play last year and have  not met since they were both in the Western Athletic Conference for the 2010-11 season. Nevada enters the game with a three game win streak over the Broncos.
  • A Rivalry That Spans Five Conferences:  Boise State and Nevada have now been conference rivals in five different conferences since the late 1980's. It began with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1987-1988), then the Big Sky Conference (1988-1992), followed by the Big West Conference (1996-2000), Western Athletic Conference (2001-2011), followed by the Mountain West in 2012-13.

QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
  • The Record:  The Broncos enter the game at 9-8 overall and 2-2 in MW play. They are 6-3 at home, 2-4 on the opponents' floor and 1-1 on neutral courts.
  • The Broncos at Home:  The Broncos are 6-3 in home games this year in Taco Bell Arena. They finished last year 10-7 overall at home, their all-time mark is now 260-135 (.658 pct.) since the facility opened in the fall of 1982.
  • The Broncos on the Road:  Boise State is 3-5 away (0-2 MW) from Boise this year. Its last road game was a hard fought 70-57 loss at Fresno State this past Wednesday.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have won three of their last five contests. Prior to the mid-week loss at Fresno State, they defeated Air Force 66-65 on Jan. 19 at home, preceded  by a 58-53 loss at New Mexico. Prior to that they had recorded two home victories over the College of Idaho 61-47 on Jan. 2, followed by a 70-68 thriller against Wyoming on Jan. 9 in the MW opener.
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is led by senior forward Lauren Lenhardt ranked fifth in the MW averaging 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds (3rd MW) per game on the year. She was named MW Co-Player of the Week for the third time this season on Jan. 14. Junior guard Brandi Henton adds 9.3 ppg.  
  • As a Team:  The Broncos average 63.6 points per game to rank fifth in the league, while allowing 65.6 ppg (6th MW), they rank sixth in rebound offense averaging 40.5 rpg.
  • The Coach:  Gordy Presnell is in his eighth season at Boise State where he is 134-102 (.568 pct.), 530-229 (.698 pct.) in 25+ seasons all-time. Presnell is 6-8 all-time against Nevada.

QUICK LOOK AT NEVADA
  • Nevada's Record:  The Wolf Pack enter the game at 1-3 in MW action and 6-11 overall. They are 4-4 at home, 2-5 on the opponents' home courts and 0-2 on neutral floors. In MW play they are 1-1 at home and 0-2 on the road.     
  • Recently for the Wolf Pack: Nevada has loss three straight after opening conference with a 67-54 win over Air Force on Jan. 13. Since then they have loss at Wyoming (92-41), at home to Fresno State (74-56) and most recently on Wednesday a 69-57 loss at San Diego State.
  • Leading Nevada: Chanelle Brennan leads the Wolf PAck in scoring on the year at 14.0 points per game (8th MW) to go with 5.8 rebounds (15th MW). Danika Sharp follows at 12.6 points (10th MW) and 3.1 rebounds, while Emily Burns leads the team on the glass at 6.9 rebounds per game (7th MW).
  • As a Team:  On the year, Nevada features the fourth ranked scoring offense in the MW  averaging 64.7 points per game, while allowing 71.9 ppg (9th MW). The Wolf Pack lead the MW in rebounding at 42.3 per game and last in rebound defense allowing opponents 43.9 boards per game.
  • The Coach:  Jane Albright is in her fifth year at Nevada where she is 70-74 (.486 pct.), her career mark is 467-386 (.548 pct.) in 29 seasons. Albright is 6-2 all-time versus Boise State.

MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON POLL
  • The Mountain West Preseason Poll is a combined coaches and media poll. Boise State was picked to place seventh, while newcomer Nevada was projected eighth out of nine teams in the 2013 league race.

BRONCOS Vs. MOUNTAIN WEST
  • Versus MW All-time:  Boise State is 58-45 (56.3 pct.) all-time versus the current membership of the Mountain West.
  • All-Time in MW Games:  The Broncos are 7-11 all-time in MW games after going 5-9 last year in their first season as members of the MW. However, they are now 7-9 against the current membership in MW games entering the year since the departure of TCU.
  • All-Time in Home Games:  The Broncos are 5-4 all-time in home MW games.
  • All-Time in Road Games:  The Broncos are 2-7 all-time in road MW games.
  • Previous Rivalries:  Boise State has been a conference rival of Nevada and Fresno State previously as members of the Western Athletic Conference 2001-2011.