Men's Basketball

Broncos Continue Road Swing at Seattle

DATE: Sunday; Dec. 2, 2012
TIME: 3 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Seattle (Key Arena; 17,072)
RADIO: Bronco Radio Network /

THE GAME: Following the biggest upset in school history over No. 11/11 Creighton, the Boise State men’s basketball team will continue its three-game road trip, traveling to face Seattle, Sunday (Dec. 2). The Broncos and Redhawks are slated to tip at 3 p.m. (MT) at Key Arena in Seattle.

Seattle boasts a 10-game home winning streak.

Boise State’s 83-70 win over No. 11/11 Creighton (Nov. 28) marked the highest-ranked opponent the team has defeated in school history, and just the sixth victory over a ranked team all-time. The win was just the second all-time on the road over a ranked opponent (No. 24 Nevada; March 10, 2005; 73-72), and the first win over a ranked team since Feb. 14, 2009 (No. 21 Utah State; 66-56). The 13-point margin of victory is the largest over a ranked team in school history.

SERIES HISTORY: Sunday’s game is the first all-time between the schools.

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

Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson

A HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE: Derrick Marks scored 35 points against No. 11/11 Creighton (Nov. 28), tied for the 10th-most in school history. It was the highest-scoring game by a Bronco since Reggie Arnold also scored 35 against New Mexico State, Feb. 27, 2010, and the first 30-point game by a Boise State player since La’Shard Anderson scored 33 against Fresno State, Feb. 24, 2011. Over nearly a 10-minute stretch during the game, Marks scored 18-consecutive points for the Broncos.

The scoring output was also the third-most all-time at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

EARLY-SEASON RECORD: The Broncos wrapped the month of November with a 5-1 record, the second-straight year Boise State went 5-1 in the opening month of the collegiate basketball season. Head coach Leon Rice, now in his third season with the Broncos, is 16-2 in November games – 6-0 in 2010-11 and 5-1 in 2011-12.

In his two previous seasons with the Broncos, the team is 8-8 in December games: 3-5 in 2010-11 and 5-3 in 2011-12.

Boise State has knocked down 19 of its 37 attempts from 3-point range the last two games (.515), shooting better than 50 percent in each. The last time the Broncos shot better than 50 percent from beyond the arc in back-to-back games was in 2007-08: 13-for-22 (.591) against Nevada, Jan. 19, 2008; 14-for-22 (.636) against Hawaii, Jan. 24, 2008.

The Broncos shot better than 60 percent from the field against No. 11 Creighton (29-of-48; .604), the best performance since going 36-of-59 (.610) against Drake, Nov. 30, 2011. The outing moved Boise State into second in the Mountain West in field goal percentage on the season (.467).

TAKING ADVANTAGE: The Broncos’ free throw percentage (.767) through Nov. 25 ranked 26th-nationally. Boise State boasts two of the best free throw shooters in the conference with two in the league’s top 10:  Derrick Marks (T-5th; .881) and Anthony Drmic (8th; .828).

Following the Creighton game, Boise State’s team free throw percentage improved to 77.0.

THREE-STRAIGHT ROAD GAMES: Boise State is in the midst of its first three-game road trip in more than a year. The Broncos kicked off the stretch with an 83-70 victory over No. 11/11 Creighton.

The last time Boise State played three-straight on the road was in head coach Leon Rice’s debut season. The Broncos had a trio of three-game road trips that year, the last one coming in February of 2011, and the Broncos won all three games.

Boise State is pulling down 80.6 percent of defensive rebounds, the top mark in the Mountain West. The Broncos are allowing opponents an average of just 26.2 rebounds per game, also the best mark in the league. Boise State’s rebounding margin of plus-8.2 ranks second in the MW.

CONTINUING TO SCORE: Sophomore guard Derrick Marks, who ranked second in the Mountain West in freshman scoring last season (9.4 PPG), ranks second in the league in scoring this season - regardless of classification - at 19.5 PPG.

Anthony Drmic, who led all league freshman in scoring last season (12.0 PPG), ranks eighth in scoring at 14.3 PPG in 2012-13. In games played through Nov. 29, Marks and Drmic were the highest-scoring sophomores in the league.

SHARING THE WEALTH: In addition to ranking in the Mountain West’s top 10 in scoring, Derrick Marks (3.67) and Anthony Drmic (3.33) are also in the league’s top 10 in assists, ranking sixth and tied for seventh, respectively. Drmic and Marks are two of only four players in the league with those credentials, a list that also includes Nevada’s Deonte Burton and New Mexico’s Tony Snell.

THE GLUE GUY: Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga leads the Mountain West in minutes played, averaging 35.00 per  game. He played the entire 40 minutes of the Broncos’ 83-70 victory over No. 11/11 Creighton, Nov. 28.

Elorriaga also ranks second in the league in both 3-point field goals made (2.83 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (.436).

ROAD STRETCH: After opening the first three games of the season at home, the Broncos’ game against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 24) was the only game at Taco Bell Arena in a three-week stretch that sees the Broncos play at No. 11/11 Creighton (Nov. 28), at Seattle (Dec. 2) and at Utah (Dec. 5). Boise State’s next home game will be against LSU, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.).
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