Men's Basketball

Broncos Look to Rebound Versus Rebels

Feb. 16, 2015
Wednesday, Feb. 18 at UNLV 8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball looks to rebound from its first loss in more than a month when it travels to UNLV Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. PT/9 p.m. MT at Thomas & Mack Center. The Broncos (18-7, 8-4 MW) are playing their second of back-to-back road games after falling at Fresno State Saturday, 70-64. The Rebels (14-11, 5-7 MW) are 11-2 at home this season, including a win against then-No. 3 Arizona during nonconference play.
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
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson
TV INFORMATION: The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Cable ONE channel 139 and 1139 (HD), DirecTV channel 221 and DISH channel 158.
Play-by-Play: Carter Blackburn
Analyst: Pete Gillen
ABOUT UNLV: The Rebels are 14-11 on the season and 5-7 in Mountain West games. UNLV has won four of its last six, but fell Saturday, against Air Force in the Rebels' first game without leading scorer Rashad Vaughn who is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury. Christian Wood scored 31 points in the loss and is expected to take on much of the scoring load. Wood is averaging a double-double at 15.6 points and 10 rebounds per game.
SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads the all-time series 6-4. The Broncos won the first meeting of the year 82-73 in overtime (Jan. 13), starting an eight-game win streak. Boise State has never won at UNLV.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State saw its eight-game win streak come to an end Saturday, with a 70-64 loss at Fresno State. Derrick Marks scored 31 points, but the Bulldogs ended the game on an 18-6 run and held Boise State to 22 points in the second half. Marks was the only Bronco in double figures. Fresno State shot 50 percent from the floor.
VOLUME SCORER: Derrick Marks has scored at least 30 points in a game nine times in his career, the most by a Bronco in program history. Marks has a school-record five games with at least 30 points this season, including 31 in Boise State's last outing Feb. 14, at Fresno State. He also went for 30-plus three times in 2012-13 as a sophomore. Marks is the first Bronco to do so in two different seasons. His nine career 30-point performances rank third all-time in MW history, behind Jimmer Fredette (24) and Ruben Douglas (15).
LEAGUE LEADER: Derrick Marks leads the Mountain West in scoring at 20 points per game. Marks is averaging 22.9 points per game in conference play, also the top mark in the Mountain West. The second-leading scorer in conference play (Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming) is averaging 18.7 points per game.
BREAKING BARRIERS: Boise State has five road wins this season, including victories at New Mexico (Jan. 18) and Utah State (Feb. 3). Prior to this year, the Broncos were 0-3 at New Mexico and 0-18 at Utah State. Boise State is winless at two more MW venues that remain on the schedule. The Broncos will visit UNLV (Feb. 18) and San Diego State (Feb. 28), looking for their first road win in each series.
HOW DUNCAN GOT HIS GROOVE BACK: Sophomore forward Nick Duncan is shooting 61.1 percent from three-point range (22-for-36) in the last five games. Duncan was mired in a month-long slump prior to the breakout. He went 0-for-6 from deep against Southern Utah (Dec. 14), before suffering a sprained ankle five days later in practice. Duncan missed just two games, but returned still hobbled by the injury. In his first six games back, he shot 21.4 percent (9-for-42) from beyond the arc and after the Jan. 18 game at New Mexico, was shooting under 30 percent on the year from three. His season percentage has now risen to 37.6 percent. Duncan shot 41 percent as a freshman.
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