Dec. 21, 2014
Monday, Dec. 22 vs Houston 7: 30 p.m. PT
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball travels to Las Vegas for the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Monday and Tuesday, at the Orleans Arena. The Broncos (9-2) take on Houston (5-3) Monday Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. PT. They will face Loyola (Ill.) or Texas Tech in the second game. The Ramblers and Red Raiders play Monday. The winners will advance to face each other and the losers will play each other Tuesday.
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:
TUESDAY TV INFORMATION: Boise State's game Tuesday will be televised on Fox Sports 1, regardless of the outcome Monday. In Boise, FS1 can be found on Cable ONE channel 26, DirecTV channel 219 and DISH channel 150.
Play-by-Play: Joe Davis
Analyst: Donny Marshall
ABOUT HOUSTON: The Cougars are 5-3 in the early going of Kelvin Sampson's first season at the helm. Sampson has more than 500 wins in his career, including successful stops at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. Jherrod Stiggers leads Houston at 16.1 points per game. UH is on a two-game slide. The Cougars shoot 37.7 percent from the floor and are averaging 15.1 turnovers per game.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State and Houston have never met in men's basketball.
ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC: The Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic consists of eight teams. Boise State, Houston, Loyola and Texas Tech hosted the on-campus rounds, each hosting two games against Abilene Christian, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, South Carolina State or Southern Utah. All eight teams will play at the Orleans Arena Dec. 22 and 23, with the regional hosts competing in one bracket. The results of on-campus games will factor into the overall records when determining the tournament champions.
STREAKING TO VEGAS: Boise State enters the Las Vegas Classic on an emphatic five-game winning streak. The Broncos are scoring 81.4 points per game during the streak and have won the five games by an average margin of 28.6 points. Boise State is shooting 54.9 percent as a team and dishing out 15.2 assists per game.. The Broncos are also limiting opponents to 33.7 percent from the field, including 26.7 percent from three-point.
PUTTING THE CLAMPS ON: Boise State defeated Abilene Christian 77-33, Dec. 20, at Taco Bell Arena. The 33 points allowed are the fewest in Boise State history. The Broncos previously held Cal Poly to 35 points, Dec. 12, 1994. Boise State also held the Wildcats to 20 percent shooting from the field (11-for-55), the lowest opponent field goal percentage in the at least the three-point era (19886-87), which is as far back as single-game records extend.
IMPROVED MARKS-MANSHIP: Derrick Marks
spent the offseason working on his jumpshot and it is paying dividends. Marks is shooting 55.3 percent from three-point range, going 21-for-38 from deep. He has made multiple triples in six games this season, including four 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 five-straight games, the first time in his career he has done so in consecutive games. He made a career-high five against Abilene Christian (Dec. 20), going 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.
70 THE MAGIC NUMBER: Under Leon Rice, Boise State's recipe for success has been to score 70 points. The Broncos are 71-15 when scoring at least 70, and 15-41 when failing to reach that mark.