Boise State Faces Tennessee in the Big Dance
March 19, 2015

GAME FACTS
NCAA Tournament First Round
No. 2 Tennessee vs No. 15 Boise State
Saturday, March 21 | 11:30 a.m. MT | Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

TV: ESPN2
DirecTV 209 | Dish 143 | Cable ONE 134
Play-by-Play: Paul Sunderland | Analyst: Gail Goestenkors

Radio: Bronco Radio Network on KTIK (AM 1350)
Play-by-Play: Chris Lewis

Boise State Notes | Live Stats

WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Game: Boise State (22-10) is off to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in its third NCAA Championship Tournament starting on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (Mountain) against the fifth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (27-5) in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Broncos enter the tournament as a 15th seed while the Lady Vols are a No. 2 seed.
  • Next Up: The winner of that game will then move on to face the winner of seventh-seed Chattanooga (29-3) versus 10th-seed Pittsburgh (19-11) at 4:30 p.m. (Mountain) on Monday in Knoxville.
  • Radio: KTIK (AM 1350) will carry all of the women's postseason games this season. Chris Lewis is in his second season as the voice of the Broncos.
  • Internet Broadcast: You can listen to the radio broadcast on the internet at BroncoSports.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Boise State Tournament History: This is Boise State's third NCAA National Championship Tournament appearance going 0-2 in the previous two trips ... the last time the Broncos reached the tournament was in 2007 as the Western Athletic Conference champions. They were a No. 12 seed and lost to No. 8 George Washington 76-67 in Los Angeles.
  • Tennessee Tournament History: Tennessee is the only school to advanced to every NCAA Championship Tournament with this being their 34th appearance ... the Lady Vols are 117-25 overall in the event and have eight national championships to their credit ... last year Tennessee reached the NCAA Sweet 16 where it fell to Maryland 73-62.
  • About the Broncos' Season: Boise State was picked second in the Mountain West's joint coaches/media preseason poll in October ... they had an up and down season finishing the regular season at 19-10 overall and 11-7 in league games to place fourth ... they are currently 22-10 overall following the MW Tournament.
  • Boise State's NCAA Bid: The Broncos earned the NCAA Championship berth after winning last week's MW Tournament championship in Las Vegas to receive the league's automatic bid.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos swept through the MW Tournament by defeating UNLV 64-46 in the quarterfinals, San Jose State 76-67 in the semis and New Mexico 66-60 in the title game.
  • About the Lady Vols' Season: Tennessee finished tied for first in the SEC after being picked second in both coaches and media preseason polls ... the Lady Vols went 25-4 in the regular season and 15-1 in SEC play ... they are currently 27-5 overall after falling in the SEC Tournament championship game.
  • Tennessee's NCAA Bid: The Lady Vols earned an at-large bid after an outstanding season and being ranked in the top-10 nationally in both polls No. 5 by USA Today Coaches and No. 6 by Associated Press.
  • Recently for Tennessee: The Lady Vols made a run through the SEC Tournament last week in Little Rock, Ark., defeating Georgia 75-41 in the quarterfinals and Kentucky 75-64 in the semis, before falling to South Carolina in the championship game 62-46.
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos finished the year 13-2 at home ... they went 11-4 in Taco Bell Arena last year and are now 285-146 (.661 pct.) all-time in facility.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have struggled a bit on the road this year and are now 9-8 away from Boise in 2014-15 ... they went 4-5 in league games ... they have won three straight away from Boise, last week they won at UNLV in first round of MW Tournament followed by two neutral site wins over San Jose State and New Mexico in Las Vegas.
  • Tennessee at Home: The Lady Vols are always hard to beat at home where they went 16-0 this year and are 400-28 all-time (.935) in Thompson-Boling Arena ... they have an active 54-game home court winning streak going in during postseason play and are 42-0 all-time in NCAA First and Second Round games ... they have averaged over 10,000 fans per game since the 1996-97 season.
  • Tennessee on the Road: The Lady Vols are 11-5 this year away from Knoxville, 9-4 on opponents' floors and 2-1 on neutral courts.
  • Bronco Leaders: Deanna Weaver leads the team at 12.7 points (MW 11) and 5.2 rebounds per game, on the year she led the MW and is ranked 17th-nationally for 3-point percentage at .420 ... Brooke Pahukoa was second in scoring averaging 10.1 ppg (MW 20) .. Miquelle Askew adds 9.2 ppg ... Camille Redmon leads on the glass at 6.7 rebounds per game (MW 12).
  • Lady Vol Leaders: Cierra Burdick leads Tennessee at 11.0 ppg (SEC 17) and 7.2 rpg (SEC 9), both team highs for active players ... Ariel Massengale adds 10.9 ppg (SEC 19) ... Bashaara Graves chips in 10.1 ppg.
  • Boise State as a Team: Offensively, Boise State is averaging 70.9 points (MW 2/NCAA 50) ... Defensively, the Broncos were sixth in the MW allowing 61.5 points per game ... on the year the Broncos out score opponents by +9.4 (MW 2/NCAA 42) and +5.8 rebounds per game (MW 2/ NCAA 37).
  • Tennessee as a Team: Offensively, Tennessee is averaging 71.8 points per game (SEC 4/ NCAA 45) on the year ... Defensively, they are allowing 55.4 ppg (NCAA 20) this season ... they are out scoring opponents by +16.4 ppg (NCAA 13) and out rebound them by +7.8 rpg (NCAA 21)on the year.
  • The Coaches: Holly Warlick is in her third season as head coach at Tennessee where she is 83-19, her career mark is the same. Gordy Presnell is in his 10th season at Boise State where he is 176-137 and 572-264 in his 28th season all-time.

THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: This is the first meeting all-time between the Lady Vols and Broncos.
  • Southeastern Conference: Boise State is 1-6 all-time against the current membership of the SEC: Arkansas (0-2), Florida (1-1), Georgia (0-2) and Louisiana State (0-1).

BOISE STATE NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

  • Appearances: This is the Broncos third appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
  • Record: Boise State is 0-2 all-time in this event.
  • Seeds: The No. 15 seed this year is the lowest of the three appearances: 1994 No. 9, 2007 No. 12 and 2015 No. 15.

BRONCOS VS. 2015 FIELD

  • Record: The Broncos have played one school from this year's tournament field defeating New Mexico State 70-45 on Nov. 18 in Boise.
  • All-Time: The Broncos have met 22 schools in this year's NCAA Championship field previously (all games) going 63-119 (.346).
  • Site Field: Of the three teams at the Knoxville site, Boise State has only played Pitt previously falling 71-70 in Eugene, Ore.

BOISE STATE ATHLETICS

  • The Only One: Boise State is the only school from the Football Bowl Subdivision to capture a share of its regular-season conference championship in both football and men's basketball.
  • The Year of the Bronco: Boise State is the only school from the Football Bowl Subdivision that can claim a conference title (regular season or tournament)in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
  • On Hardwood and Gridiron: Boise State captured a share of the Mountain West regular-season championship in both football and men's basketball in 2014-15, just the sixth time since the inception of the league that one school claimed both titles in the same year. Boise State is the only current MW school to have accomplished the feat. Utah did it in 1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2008-09, and BYU did it in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
  • A Winning Combination: Boise State captured a share of the conference championship in both football and men's basketball for the first time since 1975-76, when the school was in the Big Sky Conference.
  • Rare Accomplishment: Boise State men's and women's basketball will be playing the NCAA Tournament during the same season for the second time in school history. The Bronco men and women both advanced to the Big Dance in 1994.
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