Broncos Close Regular Season Against Aztecs
DATE: Saturday; March 5, 2013
TIME: 1:30 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena; 12,480)
TV: NBC Sports Network
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will close the 2012-13 regular season at home Saturday (March 9), hosting San Diego State at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (20-9, 8-7) and Aztecs (21-8, 9-6) are slated to tip at 1:30 p.m., and the game will be nationally-televised by NBC Sports Network.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State is 0-5 all-time against San Diego State, including a loss in the only previous meeting at Taco Bell Arena (66-53; Feb. 29, 2012).
Boise State has lost by three-or-fewer points in three of the four meetings with the Aztecs since joining the MW, including this season’s previous meeting in San Diego. Chase Tapley hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining, sending the Aztecs to a 63-62 victory.
SENIOR DAY: Boise State will honor senior center Kenny Buckner and senior manager Bryce Martin prior to Saturday’s game against the Aztecs, the final regular-season home game for each.
TV INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network, available on DIRECTV channel 220, DISH Network channel 151 and Cable One channel 326.
Play-by-Play: Paul Burmeister
Analyst: Blaine Fowler
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
HOLDING COURT: Boise State, now 13-1 at Taco Bell Arena, won its first seven home games of the season before suffering its only loss to date - a 79-74 overtime setback to then-No. 19/21 New Mexico (Jan. 16). Since the loss, Boise State has won six-straight at home.
Boise State has already guaranteed itself its best home record since 2006-07, when the team went 13-2. Were the Broncos to defeat San Diego State (March 9), it would mark the best home record since the team went 13-0 in 1997-98.
The Broncos have won at least 10 games at Taco Bell Arena in each of Leon Rice’s first three seasons with Boise State. Boise State is 36-10 (.783) at home under Rice.
ATTENDANCE INCREASE: The Broncos are averaging 6,104 fans per game this season, an increase of more than 1,700 from last season. The Broncos had eclipsed their entire attendance total from last season in three fewer games in 2012-13.
Boise State hosted a sellout crowd of 11,238 against Colorado State (March 2), a season high and the third crowd of more than 10,000 this season. The total is the most since the Broncos had eight such crowds in 1988-89 – a span of 23 years. The Broncos have recorded three of their 26-highest attended games in school history this season.
ALL-TIME ARENA MARKS: Win or lose against the Aztecs, Boise State’s regular-season winning percentage is guaranteed to rank amongst the all-time top five. With a win, the Broncos’ winning percentage would be .933 (14-1), the third-best mark in school history. A loss would equate to a winning percentage of .867 (13-2), tied for the fourth-best mark in school history.
The Broncos’ 13 home wins are already tied for the fifth-most in school history. A 14th victory would be tied for the second-most at Taco Bell Arena all-time.
SINGLE-SEASON SCORING LIST: With at least two games left this season, Anthony Drmic has already ascended into Boise State’s single-season scoring top 20. His 494 points rank 17th, and he is just six points shy of becoming the 15th player in school history to amass 500 points in a season. Derrick Marks currently ranks 31st with 449 points.
20 WINS: At 20-9, 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.
DANGEROUS WHEN HEALTHY: Dan Hanner of RealGM Basketball broke down Kenpom ratings of teams that missed players for several games this season. Ultimately, when healthy, the ratings suggest Boise State is the 33rd-best team in the nation (as of March 5).
Of the Broncos’ nine losses, only four have come with a full roster: a four-point loss at Michigan State (74-70), at Utah (76-55), at New Mexico (60-50) and a four-point loss at UNLV (68-64).
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