Dec. 19, 2014
Saturday, Dec. 20 vs Abilene Christian 11 a.m. MT
Complete Game NotesSpecial Parking MapTHE GAME:
Boise State men's basketball puts finals week in the rear-view mirror and closes a four-game homestand Saturday, against Abilene Christian. The Broncos (8-2) and Wildcats (4-5) tip off at 11 a.m. MT, at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State's games 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 BroncoSports.com.Play-by-Play: Bob BehlerAnalyst:
LIVE VIDEO: The game can be watched live, for free, on the Mountain West Network. Visit BroncoSports.com/videos/ for live, upcoming and archived games.
Single-game men's basketball tickets start at $11 for adults, and are available to purchase online at BroncoSports.com/tickets or through the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office in person or by phone (208-426-4737
PARKING: Please be aware of the unique parking situation due to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday, at Albertsons Stadium. Please see the parking map below for more information.
ABOUT ABILENE CHRISTIAN: The Wildcats are 4-5, including a 0-4 mark on the road. ACU is in year two of the five-year reclassifying process to become a full NCAA Division I member. This is the first season ACU counts as a DI school for scheduling purposes, but will not be eligible for postseason competition until 2017-18. The Wildcats were previously members of NCAA DII and the Lonestar Conference.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State and Abilene Christian have never met in men's basketball.
LAS VEGAS CLASSIC: This game is part of the Las Vegas Classic. As part of the tournament, the Broncos were guaranteed two home games and two games in Las Vegas (Dec. 22 and 23). Sunday's matchup with Southern Utah was the other home game in the set.
PROLIFIC AND EFFICIENT: Derrick Marks
is off to a career year in nearly every statistical category, and is in a class of his own when it comes to offensive efficiency. Marks is the only player in the country to average 17 points per game, shoot 50 percent from the field, 85 percent from the free throw line and register an assist-to-turnover ratio of at least 2.5 (through games of Dec. 17, among players with qualifying statistics).
IMPROVED MARKS-MANSHIP: Derrick Marks
spent the offseason working on his jumpshot and it is paying dividends. Marks is shooting 53.3 percent from three-point range, going 16-for-30 from deep. He has made multiple triples in five games this season, including three games with three three-pointers. In his first three seasons, Marks had just eight games with multiple threes and only one game with more than two. He has made multiple triples in four-straight games, the first time in his career he has done so in consecutive games.
SO NICE THEY NAMED HIM THRICE: James Webb III
has exploded the last five games. Webb is averaging 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over the last five, including three starts. He did not score in Boise State's first five contests, seeing the floor in just three of them and playing a combined 13 minutes. Webb led Boise State in scoring at North Carolina State (12 points) after not playing the first 26 minutes of the game. He hit double figures again in 27 minutes off the bench at Saint Mary's before starting the next three games, recording double-doubles in two.
HOLDING COURT: Boise State is 53-14 at Taco Bell Arena under head coach Leon Rice, including a 32-2 mark in nonconference games. Boise State has won 32 of its last 38 overall at home.