Men's Basketball

Broncos Prepare for Sacramento State

Dec. 7, 2017

Boise State (8-1) vs. Sacramento State (2-7)
Saturday, Dec. 9 | 2 p.m. (MT)
Boise, Idaho | Taco Bell Arena
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Boise State (8-1) will be looking to secure its best 10-game start to a season since 1988-89 when Sacramento State (2-7) comes to Taco Bell Arena for a 2 p.m. tip-off, Saturday, Dec. 9.

WATCH: The game will air on the Mountain West Network.

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 KBOI serving as the flagship station. Bob Behler will handle play-by-play duties with Abe Jackson as the analyst.

ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets are led by senior forward Justin Strings who leads the team in both points (16.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg). Sacramento State recently defeated Antelope Valley, 97-74, at home Wednesday.

NON-CONFERENCE STREAK: Dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season, Boise State is a perfect 22-0 in non-conference home games at Taco Bell Arena. The 22-game winning streak is the 12th-longest such streak in NCAA Division I, and the longest in the Mountain West.

THREES, THREES, THREES: Boise State is just one of seven teams in the NCAA to have 11 or more players make a 3-pointer this season. The Broncos recently saw nine different players make at least one 3-pointer in an 87-53 win against Loyola on Nov. 28.

The Blue and Orange has already knocked down 107 3-pointers (No. 7 in NCAA) at a 42.5 percent clip (No. 15 in NCAA) for an average of 11.9 per game (No. 6 in NCAA).

The Broncos have already made 15 or more threes in three different games this season - the first time the program has accomplished the feat.

HUTCHISON = VERSATILITY: Coming off the first known triple-double in program history last week against Portland, Chandler Hutchison has established himself as one of the most versatile players in the NCAA. The senior is one of just six players in the nation who is averaging 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.

JESSUP ELITE FROM THREE: The team's leading scorer at 15.0 points per game, Justinian Jessup has been incredible from the behind the 3-point line this season having already made 34 threes (No. 6 in NCAA) while shooting 52.3 percent (No. 15 in NCAA) from distance. The sophomore has been one of the nation's best shooters through nine games.

RECEIVED A VOTE: Boise State received a vote in the latest USA Today Coaches' Poll earlier this week. The last time the Broncos were ranked was March 9, 2015 when the Associated Press Poll slotted them at No. 25. That appearance in the top 25 is the school's lone all-time appearance, as well.

ELITE DEFENSE: The Broncos have held opponents to just 61.6 points per game - the No. 1 scoring defense in the Mountain West. Boise State has been able to limit its opponents because of its focus on the defensive glass. Averaging 31.0 defensive rebounds per game (No. 10 in NCAA), the Broncos have been extremely successful in limiting the opposition to just one shot per possession.

ADVANTAGE ON THE GLASS: The defensive rebounding has fed into a consistent overall effort on the boards, as the team's +10.1 average rebounding margin is first in the Mountain West and 15th in NCAA Division I.

Similar to the multiple threats from three, Boise State has four players averaging six or more rebounds per game: Hutchison (8.1), Chris Sengfelder (6.1), Zach Haney (5.8) and Jessup (5.7).

150 WINS FOR RICE: With last week's 77-54 win against Portland, head coach Leon Rice picked up his 150th win at Boise State. Rice is just the second coach in program history to reach the milestone while also being the fastest to do so.

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