Big Road Test Awaits at UNLV
Dec. 29, 2017

Boise State (11-2, 1-0) at UNLV (11-2, 0-0)
Saturday, Dec. 30 | 9 p.m. (MT)
Las Vegas | Thomas & Mack Arena
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THE GAME:
Boise State (11-2, 1-0) will face UNLV (11-2, 0-0) – the winners of five-straight games – this Saturday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. (MT) in the Broncos’ conference road opener at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

AT&T SPORTSNET: The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet, available for viewing in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest AT&T SportsNet Regions. ROOT SPORTS Northwest will be airing the game, as well.

Fans also have the option of streaming the game online on the Rocky Mountain AT&T SportsNet website.

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson serving as the analyst. The pregame show will begin at 8:30 p.m. (MT).

ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels enter Saturday with the top scoring offense in conference, averaging 91.2 points per game (No. 7 in the NCAA). UNLV’s two bigs – Brandon McCoy (18.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg) and Shakur Juiston (15.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg) – both are averaging a double-double, as McCoy is the top scorer in the league while Juiston is the No. 1 rebounder.

Boise State trails in the all-time series against UNLV, 10-8, but the Broncos’ 77-59 victory against the Rebels last season (Jan. 4) in Las Vegas tied the largest margin of victory and was just the second road win against UNLV in program history.

HUTCHISON EFFICIENT AGAINST RAMS: Chandler Hutchison shot a season-best percentage (.600) from the field against Colorado State on Wednesday in going 9-of-15, finishing with 24 points in just 23 minutes of play.

The senior has tallied six 20-point games this season. Five of those 20-point outings have come over the course of the last six games.

10+ THREES AGAIN: Boise State knocked down 12 triples against Colorado State, giving the Blue and Orange its ninth game of the season making 10 or more threes. The Broncos’ 147 3-pointers is first in the Mountain West and No. 11 in the NCAA. The team record for threes in a season came in 2014-15 when the Broncos made 297.

The team’s average of 11.3 three per game is No. 9 in the NCAA.

CONTROLLING THE BOARDS: With Boise State outrebounding the Rams Wednesday (36-28), it marks the ninth game this season that the Broncos have outrebounded their opponent. The +7.6 average rebounding margin is No. 3 in the league and No. 36 in the NCAA, as well.

The Blue and Orange’s average of 29.9 defensive rebounds per game is second in the conference (No. 9 in the NCAA) to only UNLV (31.0 drpg).

CONVERTING TURNOVERS TO POINTS: The Broncos turned CSU over 13 times and converted those opportunities into 27 points off turnovers Wednesday night – a season high and the most since Jan. 7, 2017 when Boise State scored 30 points off 15 San Diego State turnovers last season in a win at Taco Bell Arena.

BENCH STEPS UP: Boise State received 35 points from its bench Wednesday night against Colorado State – the second-highest scoring output from the bench this season against Division I opponents. Marcus Dickinson tallied a career-high 16 points while Alex Hobbs (16 points) and Cam Christon (3 points) also chipped in to the total.

OFF TO A GOOD START: Boise State is the only team in the Mountain West to finish in the top three spots in each of the past three seasons. The Broncos won the regular season title in 2014 and were the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament in both 2015 and 2016. The win Wednesday against Colorado State is the first step towards continuing the streak.


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