Sunday Matinee Welcomes Portland to TBA
Dec. 2, 2017

Boise State (7-1) vs. Portland (3-4)
Sunday, Dec. 3 | 2 p.m. (MT)
Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena
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THE GAME:
Boise State (7-1) will play its second game in less than 48 hours when Portland (3-4) comes to Taco Bell Arena for a 2 p.m. matinee tip-off tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 3.

WATCH: The game will air on the Mountain West Network.

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Sunday’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 with Abe Jackson as the analyst.

ABOUT PORTLAND: The Pilots are currently 3-4 on the season with all three wins coming against non-NCAA Division I opponents. Portland is led by Franklin Porter (14.6 ppg), the son of Pilot head coach Terry Porter.

THRILLER IN EUGENE: Boise State is coming off one of the best road wins in program history with a 73-70 victory at Oregon Friday night thanks to a half-court buzzer beater from Lexus Williams that snapped a 46-game home winning streak for the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Broncos were just the third nonconference team to ever win at Matthew Knight Arena, which opened in 2011. Nonconference foes are 3-55 against the Ducks in MKA.

POWER FIVE ROAD WIN: Friday’s win against Oregon also gave Boise State its fourth all-time road win against a Power Five conference opponent and the first since last season’s 73-68 win at Utah in the first round of the NIT on March 14, 2017. All four Power Five wins have come against Pac-12 teams (Oregon State, 2003; Washington State, 1973; Utah, 2017).

GREAT NONCONFERENCE START: With a 7-1 record in the nonconference season through eight games, Boise State is off to its best start to a nonconference season since going 8-0 in the 2014-15 season.

RICE ON THE CUSP OF 150 WINS: Boise State head coach Leon Rice needs one more victory to reach 150 wins. Rice, the longest tenured Mountain West coach, is currently 149-88.

STILL BOARDING, GUARDING: Boise State’s scoring defense continues to lead the Mountain West, giving up an average of 62.5 points per game to its opponents. The Broncos have also maintained their success on the glass, holding a +9.7 rebounding margin while averaging 30.2 defensive rebounds per game – both are in the top three of the MW.

THE THREE IS CRUCIAL: The Broncos’ 92 made 3-pointers on the season ranks No. 7 in the NCAA while simultaneously holding opponents to just 24.9 percent shooting from behind the arc – No. 9 in the NCAA. The Blue and Orange’s emphasis on the three has been a huge component of the early season success.

JESSUP ON FIRE: Sophomore Justinian Jessup continues to excel from behind the 3-point line, as his 15-point outing against the Ducks was fueled by five 3-pointers – his third game of the season making five or more treys. He is first in the Mountain West in made 3-pointers (29) and 3-pointers per game (3.6) while shooting 51.8 percent from distance.

ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR HUTCH: Chandler Hutchison was dominant in the second half against Oregon, scoring 16 second-half points on his way to a 20-point, 10-rebound night for his second double-double of the season and the 13th of his career.


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