Jan. 23, 2015
Saturday, Jan. 24 atAir Force Noon MT
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball takes a three-game win streak on the road to play Air Force Saturday at noon (MT), at Clune Arena. The Broncos (13-6, 3-3 MW) have won evened their conference record after a 0-3 start. The Falcons (8-10, 1-6 MW) have dropped their last four.
RADIO INFORMATION: 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 Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson
TV INFORMATION: Wednesday's game will be televised by ROOT Sports. It will be carried on ROOT Sports Northwest and Rocky Mountain. In Boise, ROOT Sports can be found on Cable ONE channels 27 and 431 (HD), DirecTV 687 and Dish Network 426. Other regional channels may be available in sports packages from satellite providers.
Play-by-Play: Marc Stout
Analyst: Marty Fletcher
ABOUT AIR FORCE: The Falcons are one of the most efficient shooting teams in the country. They shoot 48 percent from the floor as a team and have eclipsed 60 percent three times this season. Air Force averages 15.8 assists per game. The Falcons have been bit by the injury bug, compiling 81 games missed due including four student-athletes out for the year.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series 4-3. Clune Arena is the site of Boise State's first Mountain West win (Feb. 11, 2012), but the Broncos have not won there since, including an overtime loss last season.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State rolled to a 50-point victory Wednesday, beating San José State 86-36 at Taco Bell Arena. Derrick Marks scored 19 points to lead 13 different Broncos in the scoring column. Montigo Alford contributed a career-high 14 points as the only other Bronco in double figures. Boise State shot 52.3 percent from the field, including 11-for-25 (44 percent) from three-point range. The Broncos also forced a season-high 20 turnovers.
BRONCOS BOUNCE BACK: Boise State started Mountain West play 0-3, after holding leads in the second half of all three games. The Broncos have responded with three-straight wins against UNLV, at New Mexico and home against San José State. Two weeks ago Boise State left Laramie, Wyo., at 0-3 in conference, a half game ahead of last place and three and a half games behind first place. Now Wyoming is still in first, but the Broncos have closed the gap. They currently sit in seventh, one game behind fourth and two games behind the Cowboys who are tied with San Diego State.
LEAGUE LEADER: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in scoring at 18.6 points per game. Marks is averaging 22.2 points per game in conference play, also the top mark in the Mountain West.
ONE OF A KIND: Of the 591 players in the country averaging at least 11.5 points per game, Derrick Marks is the only one shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. Marks ranks 35th at 18.6 points per game.
WINNING BIG: Boise State defeated San José State 86-36, Jan. 21, for the largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent in school history. It is the eighth time the Broncos have won a game by at least 50 points. Five of those wins have come under Leon Rice. Boise State's previous largest margin of victory in a conference game was 40, in a 92-52 win against Eastern Washington Feb. 25, 1988, in the Big Sky. The 50-point win against the Spartans was the second-largest margin of victroy in a conference game in Mountain West history. The record of 56 was set this season when Colorado State beat Nevada 98-42 (Jan. 14).
THREE-POINT THREATS: Derrick Marks and James Webb III are two of the top three-point shooters in the Mountain West. Marks is shooting 50.8 percent from beyond the arc, while Webb is hitting 48.9 percent of his deep balls. Marks ranks second in the conference, while Webb is right behind in third.