Broncos to Face Air Force
Jan. 26, 2018
ESPNU: The game will broadcast on ESPNU with Eric Rothman (play-by-play) and Chris Spatola (analyst) set to be on the call.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday's game will broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 7:30 p.m. (MT).
ABOUT AIR FORCE: The Falcons are 8-11 on the season with a 2-5 mark in conference play. Lavelle Scottie is the only player averaging double figures (11.6 ppg) for a team that has used the entirety of its roster throughout the season, with 14 players averaging five or more minutes of play each game.
Air Force has been one of the better defensive teams in the conference, giving up just 71.6 points per game (No. 5 in the MW).
THE SERIES: Boise State is 9-4 in the all-time series with the Falcons and have won two-straight games. The Broncos, however, are just 3-3 in road games at Air Force.
The most recent away contest at the USAFA was a historic one for the Blue and Orange, as the visitors claimed the 98-70 victory in a game that saw the Broncos knock down a school record 20 3-pointers. The 98 points was the most points the Broncos had scored in a conference game in regulation since beating New Mexico State, 104-92, on March 2, 2009 in the WAC.
DROPPING DIMES: Boise State tallied a season-high 25 assists against San Jose State Wednesday night – the most assists in a game since the team recorded 26 against Walla Walla University on Jan. 5, 2013. It was the most against a Division I opponent since getting 26 at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2007.
Six players had three or more assists against the Spartans.
The Broncos have posted 13 games with 20 or more assists in Leon Rice’s eight years at Boise State. To no surprise, the team is 13-0 in such games.
SENGFELDER WENT OFF: Chris Sengfelder scored a career-high 31 points against San Jose State (Jan. 24) on 11-of-15 shooting from the field. His performance marks the 56th 30-point game from an individual in Boise State history.
His previous career high (27 points) came during his freshman season at Fordham in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament against George Mason (March 11, 2015).
18 3-POINTERS: The Broncos knocked down 18 3-pointers against SJSU – tied for the second most in single-game school history. Boise State’s top four 3-point shooting games in school history have come in the last three seasons:
The team making 15 or more threes in four games this season marks the first time the program has ever accomplished the feat.
A WIN WOULD…: An 8-2 start in conference play would give the Broncos their first best 10-game start in conference play since the 1998-99 season when the team kicked off Big West play 8-2, as well.
The 18-4 record would be the best 22-game start to a season since the 1988-89 team also started its campaign 18-4.
MORE HISTORY FOR HUTCH: With already 398 points in the 2017-18 season, Chandler Hutchison is closing in on 400 points, which would mark the 61st 400+ point season in Boise State history. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native scored 557 points last season – tied for the eighth most in single-season school history.
Hutchison (19.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 3.4 apg) continues to be the only player in NCAA Division I averaging 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game. If Hutchison maintains the three averages throughout the rest of the season, he will be just the 15th player to do so in NCAA Division I since Sports-Reference.com started tracking the stat combination in the 1992-93 season. He will join the likes of: Ben Simmons, Tim Duncan, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Jamal Mashburn, David West, Evan Turner, Jared Dudley, Reggie Williams, Adrian Griffin, Ryan Gomes and Mike Smith.
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