Men's Basketball

Broncos Look to Continue Success at UNLV

DATE: Wednesday; Feb. 22, 2012
TIME: 8:15 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nev. / Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
TV: CBS Sports Network
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network /

The Boise State men’s basketball team will be looking to stay perfect in its second run through the Mountain West when it travels to play No. 20/21 UNLV, Wednesday. Tip-off between the Broncos (13-12, 3-7 MW) and Runnin’ Rebels (22-6, 6-4 MW) is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MT. The game will be played at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., the site of the 2012 Mountain West Tournament (March 8-10).

TV INFORMATION: The game will be broadcast nationally by CBS Sports Network, one of three Bronco games on the network this season. The channel is carried by the following local providers: DIRECTV (613), DISH NETWORK (152) and Cable One (332).

Play-by-Play: Todd Harris
Analyst: Steve Lappas

RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game will be broadcast live on the Bronco Sports 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

THE SERIES: The Broncos and Runnin’ Rebels have previously met four times, with Boise State trailing 1-3 in the series. This will be the first game played on UNLV’s home floor - the teams have played in Boise twice, at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and in Eugene, Ore., for the 1976 NCAA Tournament.

EARLIER THIS SEASON: Derrick Marks scored a career-high 21 points and Thomas Bropleh recorded his first double-double, but Boise State could not pull off the upset of No. 12 UNLV, falling in overtime 77-72, Jan. 25.

Boise State rallied late in the second half and had a chance in the final seconds, but couldn’t get off a clean shot before the buzzer.

Boise State has a combined 39 starts by freshmen this season, breaking the school record set in both 1989-90 and 1993-94 (38).

CARDIAC COACH: Leon Rice has coached 60 games with the Broncos, a quarter of them  being decided by three-or-fewer points (15-of-60; .250). Boise State is 8-7 under Rice in games decided by three points or less, and 2-2 in overtime games. Rice has led the Broncos to victories in the waning seconds of a game five times in his two seasons, including:

- A 65-64 victory over TCU, Feb. 18, when Anthony Drmic hit two free throws with nine-tenths of a second remaining.
- A 70-69 win over Colorado State, Feb. 15, when Derrick Marks went coast-to-coast for a lay-up with 0.8 seconds remaining.
- A 102-101 road victory over San Jose State in quadruple overtime Jan. 6, 2011, when La’Shard Anderson hit two free throws with 35 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.
- A 78-76 overtime road victory over UC Santa Barbara in an ESPNU BracketBuster game Feb. 19, 2011, when Anderson hit a lay-up as time expired.
- An 83-80 victory over Austin Peay in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational, March 15, 2011. Anderson’s lay-up with 0.1 seconds remaining gave the Broncos an 81-80 lead before the Governors called a timeout with none left, allowing Paul Noonan to hit two FTs to provide the final margin.

REDEMPTION RUN: After going 0-7 through the first run as a member of the Mountain West, the Broncos have already avenged their first three losses in the second go-round. Boise State is 3-0 in its second run, defeating Air Force on the road (72-61) and Colorado State (70-69) and TCU (65-64) at home.

BUCKNER IN THE MIDST OF HISTORY: Boise State redshirt junior center Kenny Buckner has made 92 of his 151 field goal attempts in his debut season with the Broncos, a shooting percentage of .609. The mark currently ranks eighth all-time in Boise State single-season history, and is the best mark since Kurt Cunningham went 134-of-199 (.673) in 2008-09.

VS RANKED OPPONENTS: The Broncos are 5-30 all-time against ranked opponents, including a 1-16 mark in road games. Boise State’s only road victory over a ranked opponent came against No. 24 Nevada (72-72) in the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Tournament, March 10, 2005.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Boise State freshmen Anthony Drmic (12.3) and Derrick Marks (9.2) are the two highest-scoring freshmen in the Mountain West this season. Drmic (5.0) and Marks (3.4) also rank first and third, respectively, in rebounding amongst conference freshmen.

STARTING LINE-UPS: The Broncos have used 12 different starting line-ups during 2011-12, and each of the 12 players to see game action have started at least once.  The Broncos are one of three teams nationally to start every player who has seen game action.

The last Boise State team to start every player to see the court was the 2000-01 squad. Boise State used just eight different combinations during Leon Rice’s debut season with the Broncos in 2010-11.
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