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Broncos Play at New Mexico Saturday Afternoon

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What's Happening
  • Boise State looks to snap a five-game skid this Saturday afternoon when the Broncos travel to "The Pit" in Albuquerque, N.M., to take on the University of New Mexico Lobos at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain).
  • Follow the Game at:
  • Radio: KTIK (AM 1350), Chris King will call all the action
  • Live Stats:  www.GoLobos.com
  • Live Internet Audio: www.BroncoSports.com
  • Next Up For Boise State: After Saturday's contest at New Mexico the Broncos will play one game next week when they host the Air Force Falcons (5-17, 0-7 MW) next Saturday, Feb. 11, for the annual "Pack the House" game that will be televised live nationally by the Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.) at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain).

Story Lines for New Mexico Game

  • This game marks the start of the second half of the Mountain West season with Boise State bringing an 11-11 overall record and a 2-5 conference mark into the contest.
  • The Broncos dropped a pair of road conference games last week losing 66-50 at UNLV on Jan. 25 followed by a 84-64 loss at Wyoming on Jan. 28. This past Wednesday, Feb. 1, they lost a hard fought game at home 69-59 to league leading San Diego State.
  • Meanwhile, the Lobos are coming off their first league victory this past Tuesday night in Albuquerque when they defeated the Air Force Falcons 67-44 to improve to 7-14 on the year and 1-6 in MW play.
  • This will be the second meeting of the year and third all-time between New Mexico and Boise State with the Broncos winning the two previous encounters, both in Boise.
  • One of many challenges awaiting the Broncos is New Mexico's large home crowd advantage at The Pit. UNM is routinely ranked in the top-15 nationally for attendance. This year the Lobos are averaging a MW-best 6,743 AVID fans per game for a team that is 7-14 on the year, 5-7 at home.
  • This game will feature four of the top five 3-point shooters on the year in the MW with Boise State's Lauren Lenhardt (43.6 pct.) and Kati Isham (36.8 pct.) versus New Mexico's Caroline Durbin (51.5 pct.) and Nikki Nelson (38.9 pct.) ranked second, fifth, first and third respectively.
  • It will pit the Broncos' league leading scoring offense on the season averaging 69.6 points per game against the Lobos' eighth ranked offense scoring 54.6 ppg. Defensively the two teams reverse positions with New Mexico ranked second holding teams to 56.3 ppg while Boise State is seventh at 68 ppg.

Boise State Versus New Mexico
  • Saturday's encounter will be the second meeting of the season, second as conference rivals and third all-time in the series which Boise State leads 2-0.
  • The Broncos won the first meeting of the season to open MW play in Boise by a 65-46 score.
  • The only other meeting was during the 1983-84 season when the Broncos defeated the Lobos 86-76 in the Holiday Inn Classic at Boise.

A Quick Look at New Mexico
  • The Lobos snapped a six-game losing streak on Tuesday defeating Air Force in Albuquerque 67-44. They are 7-14 overall and 1-6 in league (sixth-place).  
  • New Mexico was picked to place fourth in the MW preseason poll.
  • Caroline Durbin leads UNM averaging 14.9 points a game (5th MW), followed by Porche Torrance at 10.5 ppg (15th MW).
  • Yvonne Sanchez is in her first season as head coach of the Lobos where she is 7-14 overall.

The Broncos Offensively

  • Boise State enters the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the MW on the year averaging 69.6 points per game. In league contests they are tied for fifth at 62.7 ppg.
  • The Broncos are second in the Mountain West for field goal percentage at 41.8 percent, second in 3-point percentage at 33.5 percent, while featuring the top percentage from the free-throw line at 73.6 percent.
  • 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 1-7 when scoring below 60 points.
  • In MW games Boise State's numbers have dipped ranking sixth in field goal percentage at 38.3 percent and sixth in 3-point percentage at 32.1 percent.
  • They are consistent from the charity stripe shooting a league-best 76.3 percent from the free-throw line in MW games.

Boise State's National Statistical Rankings (as of 2/3/2012)
  • Offensively, the Broncos are ranked in the top 100 nationally for scoring offense (60th), field goal percentage (60th), 3-point percentage (54th), 3-pointers made per game (54th) and free throw percentage (38th).  

The Broncos Defensively
  • Defensively, the Broncos are seventh in the MW for scoring defense giving up 68 points per game, in league games they are also seventh allowing 67.7 ppg.
  • On the year they are eighth in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 41.1 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State is third in the MW for 3-point defense this season holding opponents to 29.7 percent from beyond the arc.  
  • In MW contests they are seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 44.2 percent and sixth in 3-point defense as teams have made 35.8 percent.

The Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos are fourth in the MW on the season for rebound defense holding teams to 35.8 boards per game.
  • Boise State is fourth for rebound offense averaging 38.7 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but eight teams (nine games) this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +2.9.
  • The Broncos average 13.9 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 11.4 points per game on second chance points.