March 1, 2016
Boise State (19-10, 10-6 MW) vs Nevada (18-10, 10-6 MW)
Wednesday, March 2 | 7 p.m. MT | Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack is 8-3 since Boise State left Reno with a victory, Jan. 13. Marqueze Coleman is averaging 17 points per game, but missed the last game with an ankle injury.
All-Time Series: Nevada leads 40-26. MW Games: Boise State leads 4-2.
TV INFORMATION: The game will be streamed by Campus Insiders on the Mountain West Network. Watch the live video at Broncosports.com/videos.
Play-by-Play: Ari Wolfe
Analyst: Joe Cravens
ON THE CALL:
The Voice of the Broncos, Bob Behler
, is back for his eighth season of calling Boise State
men's basketball on the radio. Behler is joined by Bronco great Abe Jackson in his eighth year as the analyst. The game will be carried on the Bronco Radio Network, including flagship station 670 AM KBOI in Boise
. A live audio stream is also available at BroncoSports.com.
FIRST TIME AROUND:
Boise State ran its win streak to a school-record-tying 10 games with a 74-67 win Jan. 13, at Nevada. James Webb III
tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds.
LAST TIME: Boise State defeated San Diego State 66-63, Saturday, at Viejas Arena, scoring the game's final 12 points and ending the Aztecs' streak of 164 consecutive wins when leading with five minutes to play. The Broncos trailed by nine with 1:03 remaining but hit six free throws and two three-pointers.
Boise State mounted the most improbable of comebacks Feb. 27, at San Diego State, to win beat the Aztecs 66-63. Trailing by nine with 1:03 left, the Broncos scored the game's final 12 points. They went 6-of-6 from the free throw line and Nick Duncan
drilled two three-pointers to take advantage of SDSU missing seven consecutive free throws. The win snapped San Diego State's streak of 164 consecutive wins when leading at the five-minute mark. The streak dated to Jan. 9, 2010.
AZTEC CONQUEST PT. 2: With its 66-63 win Feb. 27, at San Diego State, Boise State became the first team to win at Viejas Arena in consecutive seasons since BYU in 2009-10 and 2010-11. The Broncos knocked off the Aztecs 56-46, Feb. 28, 2015, to complete a season sweep last year and snap what was then a 29-game home win streak.
'PAINT' OF EMPHASIS: In the last four games, Boise State is averaging 42 points in the paint per game. The Broncos averaged 30.2 in their first 23 games against Division I opponents this season. Boise State outscored San Diego State in the paint 42-24 and shot 55 percent from inside the arc. The Aztecs entered the game holding opponents to 40.4 percent on two-point field goals this season. As a team, Boise State is shooting 59 percent on two-pointers in the last four games.
CHASING HISTORY: Anthony Drmic
enters his final home game with 1,895 career points. Drmic ranks No. 4 in school history and No. 6 in Mountain West history. He is three points shy of No. 5 on the all-time conference list (Luke Nevill, Utah; 2005-09). If Drmic scores 18 points he will surpass Derrick Marks
for No. 3 in Boise State history and No. 4 in Mountain West lore.
OFFERING ASSISTANCE: Mikey Thompson
is averaging 3.9 assists per game. Thompson has 11 games this season with at least five assists, surpassing his total from his first three seasons combined. Five of those games have come during conference play.
COMING ON STRONG:
In the last 10 games, Lonnie Jackson
is averaging 10.2 points per game and shooting 45 percent from three-point range making 27-of-60 attempts. He scored 11 total points in the first six Mountain West games combined.
CENTER STAGE: Montigo Alford
earned a surprise start at Colorado State (Feb. 10) and obliterated many of his career highs. In 35 minutes, Alford scored 25 points and knocked down 7-of-11 three-pointers. He had played 32 minutes in the previous five games combined, was 7-for-24 from beyond the arc on the season and had scored 19 points total in conference games up to that point. It was the first 20-point game of Alford's career and just his fifth time in double figures.