First True Road Game Awaits in Eugene
Nov. 30, 2017
WATCH: The game will air on the Pac-12 Networks with JB Long and Kevin O’Neill on the call.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Friday’s game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties.
RUBBER MATCH: The two teams have played in each of the past two seasons, with both sides holding serve on their respective home courts. The Broncos logged the 74-72 win on Dec. 12, 2015 in Boise while the Ducks claimed the 68-63 win on Nov. 28, 2016 last season in Eugene.
Oregon has a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series.
BEST OF THE WEST: Boise State and Oregon have each recorded five consecutive 20-win seasons, two of just eight teams in the six western conferences to accomplish the feat. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, 13 western schools have won 110 games. The Broncos (113) and Ducks (143) are among the group.
FINAL FOUR OPPONENT: Under head coach Leon Rice, this will be the second time the Broncos face an opponent coming off a Final Four appearance in the previous season. Boise State lost to Michigan State 67-77 (Nov. 27, 2015) in its previous matchup.
DECISIVE WIN AGAINST LOYOLA: Boise State cruised past the Ramblers Tuesday at Taco Bell Arena, 87-53. The 34-point victory was the largest for Boise State against a Division I opponent since defeating San Jose State by 50 on Jan. 21, 2015.
3 KEYS TO SUCCESS
1. ALL ABOUT THE 3-POINTER: The 3-point line has been a huge part of the Broncos’ season thus far, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Just recently the team knocked down 16 triples against Loyola – tying for fourth most in a single game in school history.
Boise State is No. 6 in the NCAA and first in the Mountain West with 85 3-pointers through seven games. The team is also No. 21 in the NCAA and first in the MW in making 42.7 percent of its threes.
The 85 3-pointers are also the most 3-pointers in a seven-game stretch in Leon Rice’s eight years at Boise State. The previous high was 79 in 2014-15 from Jan. 18 - Feb. 11.
Arguably the more important statistic, however, has been the Broncos’ ability to run opponents off the line and contest every 3-point shot. Boise State opponents are making just 24.7 percent of their threes – the No. 10 3-point field goal percentage defense in the NCAA.
2. CONTROLLING THE BOARDS: The other stat at the forefront of Boise State’s success has been its ability to rebound the basketball, specifically on the defensive end. The Broncos average 31.5 defensive rebounds a game, good for No. 7 in the NCAA.
The Blue and Orange are outrebounding teams by an average of 10.7 rebounds a game (No. 18 in NCAA). The Broncos have been +15 on the boards in four of seven games so far this season.
3. STOUT DEFENSE: Lastly, the Bronco defense has held opponents to 61.4 points a game this season - the top scoring defense in the conference. Boise State has been especially tough in first halves, holding teams to under 30 points in the first 20 minutes in six of seven games this season.
CLOSING THE BOOK ON NOVEMBER: Boise State finished the month of November 6-1 – giving the team its best seven-game start to a season since the 2013-14 campaign when they started 7-0. The Broncos are also a perfect 25-0 in November home games at Taco Bell Arena in Rice’s eight years at Boise State.
MULTIPLE THREATS: Tuesday’s game was a shining example of Boise State’s ability to receive scoring from several different players. Five different Broncos were double-digit scorers: Justinian Jessup (20), Alex Hobbs (14), Zach Haney (13), Lexus Williams (12) and Chris Sengfelder (10).
Boise State currently has seven players who are averaging at least five points.
JESSUP ON FIRE: The sophomore scored 22 and 20 points against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and Loyola (Nov. 28), respectively, the third and fourth games of his career scoring 20 or more points. The Longmont, Colo., native is shooting 50 percent (24-of-48) from behind the 3-point line and is the team’s leading scorer at 14.7 points per game.
SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sengfelder went for 10 points and 12 rebounds against the Ramblers on Tuesday – his first double-double of the season and the seventh of his career. The double-double was the second of the season for a Boise State player, with Hutchison recording the other against Illinois State (Nov. 17, 2017 / 19 points, 18 rebounds).
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