SDSU Awaits Boise State
Feb. 26, 2018
CBS SPORTS NETWORK: Rich Waltz will handle play-by-play duties, Bob Wenzel will be the analyst and Amanda Balionis will be the reporter.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Tuesday's game will broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler (play-by-play) and Abe Jackson (analyst) will be on the call. The pregame show will begin at 8:30 p.m. MT.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs and Broncos are similar in many aspects, as SDSU possesses the No. 2 scoring defense in the conference (68.0 ppg) and is the No. 3 rebounding team with an average rebounding margin of +5.3, trailing Boise State in the two categories categories who are ranked first in both.
Guard Devin Watson is averaging 12.5 points and 3.9 assists per game while forward Jalen McDaniels is the leading rebounder at 7.3 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE AZTECS: The first matchup against San Diego State produced arguably the best individual performance in the conference this season as Chandler Hutchinson scored a school record 44 points as the Broncos edged the visiting Aztecs, 83-80, on Jan. 13, 2018 at Taco Bell Arena.
Hutchison was 15-of-21 from field – including a career-best 7-of-10 performance from behind the arc – to guide Boise State to the victory in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,864 at Taco Bell Arena. The 44 points is tied for the eighth-highest individual scoring output in the NCAA this season.
HISTORY WITH THE AZTECS: The Broncos trail in the all-time series 6-10, but are winners of five of the last seven matchups. The team also has a 2-4 all-time record at Viejas Arena, including victories in the last two contests.
Boise State took down the No. 24 Aztecs 56-46 on Feb. 28, 2015 to give the Blue and Orange the 2014-15 regular season conference title. Most recently the Broncos earned the 66-63 win in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2016.
CONVINCING ROAD WIN: Boise State put forth a complete effort last Wednesday on the road in Fort Collins, defeating Colorado State 87-54. The 33-point win marked the Broncos’ largest margin of victory in a conference road game since Feb. 26, 2004, winning at SMU 89-50 (39 points). The 33-point advantage was the largest for the Broncos in a conference game since defeating San Jose State 86-36 on Jan. 21, 2015.
Hutchison scored a game-high 27 points (his seventh game this season scoring 25 or more) while Jessup tallied 16 thanks to four triples. Zach Haney enjoyed his third-straight game in double figures, scoring 13 points.
No. 2 SEED, TOP-THREE STREAK CONTINUES: Boise State will be the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament (March 7-10), pushing the streak to four-straight seasons of finishing in the top three of the league standings – the longest such current streak for any conference team.
The four-year top-three finish streak is also the longest such streak in program history.
The last MW team to accomplish the feat was UNLV. Their streak spanned from the 2010-11 to 2013-14 seasons.
A WIN WOULD…: A victory would give the Broncos 23 wins, which would tie for the fourth-most wins in a season in program history. The most wins in the Leon Rice era (and is tied for the school record) came in the 2014-15 season when the team went 25-9.
The 13 conference wins would also be the fourth time in program history that the team won 13 regular season league games, joining the 2014-15 (14-4), 1988-89 (13-3) and 1987-88 (13-3) seasons.
A positive result would also give the Broncos the season sweep against the Aztecs, giving the Broncos five MW season sweeps (Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State).
THAT’S HOW YOU RESPOND: After losing back-to-back games against Utah State and Nevada, Boise State has rebounded in a big way with back-to-back 20-point victories over Air Force and Colorado State. The last time the program won back-to-back conference games by more than 20 points was in the 2003-04 season when they defeated San Jose State, 72-51, on Feb. 21, 2004 and then SMU, 89-50, on Feb. 26, 2004.
3-POINT UPDATE: Thanks to four 3-pointers against the Rams, Jessup now has 79 on the season, putting him in seventh place in Boise State single-season history. He trails Anthony Drmic (2012-13) and Coby Karl (2006-07) by one trey for fifth place, as both made 80. Drmic’s 80 3-pointers from the 2012-13 season is also the sophomore school record.
Jessup is only 13 treys away from the school record, currently held by Abe Jackson (2001-02; 92).
As a team, the Broncos’ 273 triples stands alone in second place in single-season school history, trailing only the 297 from the 2014-15 season.
SEASON-LONG THEME: Boise State outrebounded Colorado State 51-31 (+20) last Wednesday, giving the team its eighth game this season outrebounding an opponent by 15 or more. The team is a perfect 8-0 in those games.
The +8.1 rebounding margin average is No. 7 in the NCAA and is supported by the team’s 28.7 defensive rebounds per game – No. 10 in the NCAA.
CONTROLLING THE 3-POINT LINE: Additionally, with a 3-point field-goal percentage of 38.5 (No. 40 in NCAA) and a 3-point field-goal defense percentage of 31.4 (No. 22 in NCAA), Boise State is one of six teams in the NCAA to be in the top 40 of both categories, joining the likes of Nevada, Saint Mary’s, St. Bonaventure, Weber State and Virginia.
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