Broncos Look for Victory in Texas Against TCU

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Boise State (13-12, 4-6 MW) at TCU (12-13, 5-5 MW)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012  at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain)
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Radio:  KTIK (AM 1350)

Live Stats: GoFrogs.com
Live Audio: BroncoSports.com
TV: The Mtn. (Direct TV 616, Cable One 329)


What's Happening

  • Saturday the sixth-place Boise State Broncos will take on the fifth-place TCU Horned Frogs in a key Mountain West game at Fort Worth, Texas, in a game that will start at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain) in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.  
  • This is the final game of three consecutive contests to be televised nationally by the Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.), this is a production of TCU.
  • Next Up For Boise State: After Saturday's contest at TCU the Broncos will conclude its home schedule when it host UNLV on Wednesday and Wyoming on Saturday.  


Pregame Notes for TCU Contest

  • TV GAMES: This game is the third of three consecutive games for the Broncos that will be televised live on The Mtn.
  • RECENTLY FOR BOISE STATE: Boise State will try to rebound from a disappointing 67-58 loss at Colorado State Tuesday night. After Boise State tied the game with 2:47 to go, the Rams benefitted from a questionable five-point play to regain the lead and momentum, eventually out scoring the Broncos 11-2 down the stretch.  
  • BOISE STATE'S RECORD: The loss at Colorado State dropped Boise State to 13-12 overall and a 4-6 conference mark in the MW, good for sixth-place. The Broncos trail TCU by one game in the league standings.
  • RECENTLY FOR TCU: The Horned Frogs are also coming into the game off a road loss. They fell 55-54 Wednesday night at UNLV.
  • TCU's RECORD: TCU brings a 12-13 overall mark and a 6-4 conference record into the match-up with Boise State.
  • THE FIRST MEETING: The Frogs held off the Broncos in the first encounter of the year in Boise (Jan. 21) to win by a 74-68 margin.
  • THE SERIES: This will be the second encounter as league rivals and the fifth meeting all-time between TCU and Boise State. The Broncos won the first two contests before the Horned Frogs' won the last two.  
  • BRONCOS ON THE ROAD: The Broncos are 4-6 on the road this year with two wins coming in MW play at Air Force (81-75) and  at New Mexico (68-64).
  • HORNED FROGS AT HOME: TCU is 8-5 at home this season and 3-1 in conference action.
  • LEADING THE BRONCOS: Boise State is led by Kati Isham (4th MW) averaging 14.8 points per game and Lauren Lenhardt (5th MW) at 14.1 ppg. They have combined for 42 percent of the Broncos' points per game. Lenhardt is tied for third during league games at 17 points per game powered by four games with 20-plus points.
  • LEADING THE HORNED FROGS: Natalie Ventress leads TCU at 13.3 points per game (7th MW) followed by Antoinette Thompson at 8.7 ppg.  
  • COMPARING THE TEAMS: The game will pit Boise State's second-ranked scoring offenses in league play averaging 64.8 points per game against TCU's fifth-ranked offense at 61 ppg. Defensively, TCU is fifth allowing 59.1 ppg versus Boise State's 66.4 ppg, seventh.
  • PRESEASON POLL: TCU was picked to win the MW regular season title while Boise State was projected at eighth in this year's MW preseason poll (combined coaches and media poll).
  • THE COACHES: Jeff Mittie is 268-137 (66.2 pct.) in his 13th season at TCU and 2-0 versus Boise State, career mark is 419-196 in 20 seasons. Gordy Presnell is in his seventh season at Boise State where he is 123-90 (58 pct.) and 0-2 versus TCU, 519-217 (.705) in 25th season all-time.

Boise State Versus TCU
  • Saturday's encounter will be the second meeting of the season, second as conference rivals and fifth all-time in the series which is tied at two wins each.
  • The Horned Frogs won the first meeting of the season in Boise on Jan. 17 by a 74-68 score.
  • Boise State's wins came in 1982 by a 84-61 score in Boise and a 93-83 win in 1991 at Wichita, Kan.
  • TCU's two wins came in the second round of the 2008 WNIT in Fort Worth (85-56) and the victory in Boise on Jan. 21 of this year.

Last Time Between Boise State and TCU (Jan. 21)
  • TCU held on for a 74-68 road win in a game that saw four ties and nine lead changes.
  • With the exception of a 10-point Bronco lead in the first half, the contest was a single digit game most of the way.
  • Lauren Lenhardt (22 points), Kati Isham (18) and Heather Pilcher (10) combined for 50 points to lead the Broncos.
  • Delisa Gross and Natalie Ventress each scored 18 points, followed by Antoinette Thompson and Chelsea Prince with 10 apiece.
  • Tied at 29 at the half, TCU scored the first five points of the second half and never trailed again, largest lead was six late in the game.
  • Boise State shot 38.7 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-21) from the arc and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the free -throw line.
  • TCU shot 41.7 percent from the floor, 36 percent (9-25) from 3-point range and 71.4 percent (15-21) from the charity stripe.

The Last Five Minutes in MW Play
  • The Broncos enter the CSU game in sixth-place, but only one game out of fifth.
  • Boise State has swept the two teams below them and have lost all six games with the teams above it in the standings.
  • Broncos have play close against every team except the road game at Wyoming where they were out five minutes into the contest.
  • The last five minutes has been critical for Boise State who has staggered down the stretch against league rivals.
  • In five-of-six losses, excluding Wyoming, the Broncos were within single digits with under five minutes to play and ended up being out scored in crunch time.

  1. Lost 60-52 to CSU...was down three with 1:40 to play...was out scored 7-2 the rest of the way.
  2. Lost 74-68 to TCU...tied at 58 with 4:29 to play...out scored 16-10 down the stretch.
  3. Lost 66-50 at UNLV...down six with 5:10 left...out scored 14-4 to end the game.
  4. Lost 69-59 to SDSU...down nine at 3:59... out scored 7-6 in final four minutes.
  5. Lost 67-58...tied at 56 with 2:47 to play...out scored 11-2 down the stretch.
  • In the six losses Boise State was out shot 44.1 percent to 38.1 percent. They averaged 19.2 turnovers to 13.8 and were out scored 17 to 10 in points off turnovers.