Feb. 20, 2015
Saturday, Feb. 21 vs Nevada 1 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men's basketball hosts Nevada Saturday, at 1 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (19-7, 9-4 MW) have won nine of their last 10, including five straight at home. The Wolf Pack (8-17, 4-9 MW) has split their last four games after a seven-game skid. This will be the only meeting between the two schools in the regular season this year as part of the unbalanced Mountain West schedule.
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:
TV INFORMATION: The game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network. Campus Insiders will be producing the broadcast, which can be viewed for free on BroncoSports.com.
Play-by-Play: Ray Crawford
Analyst: Jordan Cornette
Sideline: Shae Peppler
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
HALFTIME PRESENTATION: The 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl Champion Boise Sate football team will be honored at halftime. Head coach Bryan Harsin will address the crowd and the Fiesta Bowl trophy will be on display.
ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack is 8-17 on the season and 4-9 in Mountain West games. Nevada won its first two conference contests before enduring a seven-game losing streak. The Wolf Pack has since split its last four games, including a 64-58 loss against Wyoming Tuesday, in its last outing. AJ West leads Nevada with 12.8 points per game and leads the MW in rebounding at 10.8 per game. West has 145 offensive boards on the season.
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the all-time series 40-24. Boise State has won three of the last four meetings. Nevada's win in that stretch was a memorable double-overtime game last season as the Wolf Pack spoiled the Broncos' senior night.
LAST TIME OUT:
Boise State got back to its winning ways Wednesday, at UNLV. The Broncos scored nine of the game's final 13 points to best the Rebels 53-48, despite shooting 1-for-18 from three-point range. Derrick Marks
scored 16 points, while James Webb III
added a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.
LEAVING HIS MARKS:
Senior Derrick Marks
is on pace for one of the greatest seasons in school history and it could lead him to the career scoring record. Marks enters Saturday 179 points away from breaking Tanoka Beard's school record of 1,944 points. If Marks breaks the record, he will score at least 654 points this season. That would rank No. 2 all-time at Boise State. The record is 661, accomplished by Reggie Larry in 2007-08 in 34 games. Only three times in school history has a Bronco averaged 20 points per game.
SNIFFING 20: Boise State is one victory away from hitting the 20-win plateau for the third year in a row and the fourth time in Leon Rice's five years. A three-year streak of 20-win seasons has been accomplished once previously in program history. Head coach Bobby Dye and guard Chris Childs led the Broncos to at least 20 wins in 1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89. Since becoming a four-year institution (1968-69), the Broncos have recorded 11 20-win campaigns, including 10 such years since joning Division I (1970-71).
CONFERENCE WINS: Boise State's nine conference wins match its best total since joining the Mountain West. The Broncos have recorded 10 or more wins in conference play 10 times in school history. The last occurrence was 2010-11, in Leon Rice's first season as head coach and Boise State's final year in the Western Athletic Conference. The school record for conference wins is 13. Boise State posted back-to-back 13-3 Big Sky records in 1987-88 and 1988-89.
TAKING IT ON THE ROAD: Boise State has won four conference road games for the first time since joining the Mountain West and the 15th time in school history. The Broncos have won at least five road conference games six times, including the school record of six road wins four different times. The last time they won five league games away from home was 2010-11 and the last time with six such wins was 2007-08.
BREAKING BARRIERS: Boise State has six road wins this season, including victories at New Mexico (Jan. 18) Utah State (Feb. 3) and UNLV (Feb. 18). Prior to this year, the Broncos were 0-3 at New Mexico, 0-18 at Utah State and 0-4 at UNLV. Boise State is winless at one MW venue. The Broncos visit San Diego State Feb. 28, looking for their first road win in the series.