Broncos Set for Tuesday Showdown with UNLV

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DATE: Tuesday; March 5, 2013
TIME: 8 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center; 18,500)
TV: TWCSN
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com

THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will be looking for a fifth-consecutive win when it travels to Las Vegas for a Tuesday (March 5) showdown with UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center, the site of next week’s Mountain West Tournament.

The Broncos (20-8, 8-6) and Runnin’ Rebels (22-7, 9-5) are slated to tip at 8 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

The Runnin’ Rebels have also won four-straight, and are 32-2 (.941) at home since the start of the 2011-12 season.

SERIES HISTORY:
Boise State is 2-4 all-time against UNLV, including a 77-72 victory in Boise earlier this season. The Broncos are 0-2 against the Runnin’ Rebels in Las Vegas, and lost the only game played at the Thomas & Mack Center (75-58; Feb. 22, 2012).

TV INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, available on DIRECTV channel 691.

Play-by-Play: Ari Wolfe
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel

RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI (670 AM) serving as the flagship station. The broadcast will also be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.

Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson

20 WINS: At 20-8, Boise State has notched the 10th 20-win season in school history – and just the ninth since joining Division I in 1970-71. Two of the seasons have come under head coach Leon Rice, who is the first head coach in school history to win 20 games in two of his first three seasons.

FOUR STRAIGHT: Boise State has won four-consecutive conference games for the first time since joining the Mountain West, and for the first time since winning five straight in the Western Athletic Conference in 2010-11 (Feb. 10 through March 5).

Included were back-to-back double-figure wins: 26 (Nevada; 73-47) and 13 (78-65; Colorado State) - the first such wins against conference foes since winning three-straight by double figures in 2010-11. The Broncos defeated the last two opponents of the regular season and the first-round WAC Tournament foe by 10-plus.

The margin of victory over the Wolf Pack (26) was the largest in a league game since defeating San Jose State by 29, March 6, 2010 (85-56).

IMPROVED DEFENSE: Although the Broncos rank eighth in defensive field goal percentage (.445) and seventh in defensive scoring average (67.6) in conference play, the Broncos have been markedly improved the last five games. During the stretch, Bronco opponents are shooting just 38.7 percent from the field (91-of-235) and scoring 60.0 points per game.

For the sake of comparison, New Mexico leads the league in both scoring defense (58.6) and defensive field goal percentage (.377) during conference play.

UNDERCLASSMEN SCORING: In conference play, only two underclassmen rank in the top 10 in scoring, and both belong to Boise State. Sophomore Anthony Drmic (18.3) leads the league, and fellow sophomore Derrick Marks (16.7) rank fourth.

TWO AT 15-PLUS: Anthony Drmic (16.9) and Derrick Marks (16.5) are each averaging more than 15 points per game in 2012-13. Boise State has not had a duo average more than 15 points in a season since 2007-08: Reggie Larry (19.4) and Matt Nelson (15.7).

Since 2007-08, only one player - La’Shard Anderson in 2010-11 (15.1) - has average more than 15 points per game in a season at Boise State.

SINGLE-SEASON SCORING LIST: With at least three games left this season, Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks have already scored enough points to crack Boise State’s all-time single-season top 40. Drmic’s 472 points rank 23rd on the Broncos’ single-season list, and Marks’ 445 ranks 33rd.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Derrick Marks has earned three Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week awards this season, tied for the most in the league (Alex Kirk, New Mexico). The Broncos have four weekly awards as a team, the third-most in the league this season: Colorado State and New Mexico each have five.

PLENTY OF THREES: The Broncos are shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range in 2012-13, leading the MW and ranking 17th-nationally this season (through March 3).

Boise State is averaging 7.79 3-point field goals per game, a mark that ranks second in the Mountain West and was 42nd-nationally (through March 3).

MARKSMEN: The Broncos boast two of the league’s top 3-point shooters in Jeff Elorriaga and Anthony Drmic, each of whom has led the league in 3-point field goal percentage in 2012-13.

Elorriaga currently leads the MW in both 3-point field goals percentage (.455) and 3-point field goals per game (3.00). The marks ranked fifth- and 16th-nationally in each category, respectively, in games played through March 3. He was one of just 21 players in the country averaging three-or-more 3-point field goals per game (through March 3).

Drmic ranks third in both 3-point field goal percentage (.386) and 3-point field goals made (2.36).

HIGH-SCORING BRONCOS: Boise State leads the Mountain West in scoring this season, averaging 74.0 points per game. The mark also ranked 40th-nationally in games played through March 3.

The Broncos have scored 80-or-more points eight times this season, more than the team accomplished the feat in all of 2011-12 (five). In Leon Rice’s first season (2010-11), the Broncos recorded 10 games with 80-or-more points.

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE:  Boise State ranks second in the MW in field goal percentage (.467), a mark that ranked 38th-nationally in games played through March 3.

Boise State has knocked down 50-percent-or-more of its field goal attempts eight times this season, already a higher total than in all of 2011-12, and the most since accomplishing the feat 10 times in 2009-10.

Individually, Derrick Marks ranks third in the MW in field goal percentage (.488) this season, and Anthony Drmic ranks fifth (.460).

Marks leads the league in the statistical category in conference play (.507), and Drmic ranks fifth (.434).

30-POINT TEAMMATES: Of the eight players in the Mountain West with 30-point games in 2012-13, three are from Boise State. Additionally, five of the 14 30-point outings by MW players this season were by Broncos.

Boise State was also just the third school in the country to have three 30-point scorers this season (Illinois State and Providence).

Derrick Marks has three 30-point games, tied for the most in the MW. He is one of just four players in school history to register three 30-point games in a single season. Two of the performances have come during conference play, one of just three players in the MW with multiple 30-point games.

Included was a 38-point performance against Colorado State, tied for the fifth-highest scoring game in school history. Only 18 times had a Bronco scored more in an entire game than Marks scored in the second half (33). He also scored 35 against Creighton (Nov. 28) and 30 against Fresno State (Jan. 23).

Anthony Drmic (34; LSU) and Jeff Elorriaga (30; Corban) each also have a 30-point game.

Prior to this season, only two times had a pair of teammates accomplished the feat at Boise State - Pat Hoke and Steve Connor in both the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons, and Reggie Arnold and Ike Okoye in 2009-10.

20-POINT GAMES: Anthony Drmic has 12 games this season with at least 20 points, the most by a Bronco since 2007-08 (Reggie Larry; 18). The total is also tied for the most in the MW in 2012-13 (Anthony Bennett, UNLV). His seven conference games with 20 points leads the league.

Derrick Marks (seven), Jeff Elorriaga (two) and Ryan Watkins (two) each also have multiple 20-point games in 2012-13.

Kenny Buckner has one 20-point game in 2012-13. The five Broncos with 20-point outings are the most since 2009-10, when the Broncos also had five different players score 20-plus.

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