Home Finale Wednesday Against Wolf Pack
March 4, 2014
What: Boise State vs Nevada
When: Wednesday, March 5 | 7 p.m. (MT)
Where: Boise, Idaho | Taco Bella Arena
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THE GAME: Boise State (19-10, 9-7 MW) hosts Nevada (13-16, 8-8 MW) in the final home game of the regular season. The Broncos can clinch a first-round bye in the MW Tournament with a win.
LIVE VIDEO: Wednesday's game will be streamed live, for free, by the Mountain West Network. Visit BroncoSports.com/videos for more information.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State's games 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.
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads 39-23. It is the fourth-most played series in Boise State basketball history (behind only Idaho, Idaho State and Weber State). The Broncos won the first meeting this season, 74-65, in Reno. It was Nevada's first conference loss of the season.
SENIOR NIGHT: Boise State will honor three seniors before playing in their final home game Wednesday. Thomas Bropleh, Jeff Elorriaga and Ryan Watkins came to Boise State as part of head coach Leon Rice's first class. The group has compiled 75 wins, the sixth-most victories by a four-year class in school history and each individual is tied for ninth on the school's all-time win list by a student-athlete.
TICKETS: Tickets to Wednesday's game can be purchased at the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office and the Taco Bell Arena Box Office. Prices are $20 -for adults, $18 for seniors and $14 for juniors (ages two through high school).
GETTING TO FULL STRENGTH: Boise State has used five different starting lineups during the Mountain West season, in part because of injuries. Mikey Thompson missed the first meeting with Wyoming, Jeff Elorriaga did not play the second half of the game at UNLV, and missed the next two games. Anthony Drmic was forced to exit the game at Fresno State and was sidelined for the game at Wyoming.
EXTRA POSSESSIONS: Ryan Watkins leads the nation in offensive rebounds at five per game and 145 total, putting him in elite company in recent NCAA history. Watkins' 145 offensive rebounds are tied for 29th most in a season since 1996-97, closing in on Glen Davis, David West and Tyler Hansbrough. Only 22 players have reached 150 in a year. See full list at back of the full game notes.
300 CLUB: Ryan Watkins has 311 rebounds on the season, becoming just the second Bronco to grab 300 boards in a season since Boise State joined Division I (1970-71). Reggie Larry had 313 rebounds in 34 games during the 2007-08 season.
STARTING HIS OWN CLUB: With his next rebound, Ryan Watkins will become the first player in Mountain West history to score 200 points and pull down 200 rebounds in a conference season.
MW REBOUNDING RECORD: Ryan Watkins broke the Mountain West single-season record for rebounds in conference games. Watkins has 199 rebounds in MW play. He surpassed Kawhi Leoonard's previous mark of 190 (2010-11), Saturday at Wyoming. Watkins is averaging 12.4 rebounds per game in MW play, within reach of the record for rebounding average in conference games (12.5; Andrew Bogut, 2004-05).
OFFENSIVE REBOUND MARK: Ryan Watkins broke the Mountain West single-season record for offensive rebounds in conference games. Watkins has 91 offensive boards in conference games, surpassing the previous record of 71, set by Aerick Sanders in 2003-04. Watkins matched that mark in the 12th game of the conference season.
NOT STOPPING AT 1,000: Anthony Drmic became the 23rd Bronco to score 1,000 career points Nov. 23, at New Orleans. Drmic reached the milestone in his 65th game, tied for sixth-fastest in school history. Derrick Marks joined the club Jan. 4, against Fresno State. They are the first pair of Bronco juniors to reach the milestone in the same season. Both have since jumped all the way into the top 10. Follow their ascension on the all-time list in the box to the left.
THREE WITH A THOUSAND?: There has not been a season in school history in which three Broncos have hit 1,000 points. Ryan Watkins is four points away from reaching the milestone. The 1977-78 Boise State team boasted a trio of 1,000-point scorers. Steve Connor scored his 1,000th point as a junior in 1976-77, and was joined the next year by Trent Johnson and Danny Jones.
BROPLEH'S BENCH PRODUCTION: Senior Thomas Bropleh has given the Broncos a spark off the bench for much of the season. Bropleh has been so good he got the call to start the last game in place of injured Anthony Drmic. He responded by matching his career high with 20 points. The senior sparkplug gave the Broncos a shot in the arm when they trailed 21-4 early against the Cowboys. He scored 13 of the next 15 for the Broncos, hitting five-consecutive shots, including a trio of three-pointers. Bropleh has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games, including the first such three-game streak of his career (Jan. 29-Feb. 5). He poured in 41 points in those three games, shooting 15-for-22 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from three-point range. After being shutout at Utah State (Feb. 8), he came back with 14 against New Mexico (Feb. 12) and 18 at Colorado State (Feb. 18), on 7-of-9 shooting. Bropleh has played in 123 games as a Bronco, hitting double figures in 23 of them. Nine have come this season, including seven in the last nine games.
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