GAME NOTES: The Boise State Broncos try to follow up their biggest upset in
program history as they tangle with the Seattle Redhawks in non-conference
action at Key Arena on Sunday.
Boise State, which is off to a solid 5-1 start to the 2012-13 campaign, was
pitted against 11th-ranked Creighton on Wednesday night on the road, and
managed to pull off a stunning 83-70 victory against the Bluejays in Omaha.
The win was the second in a row for a squad that has just the one 74-70
setback to Michigan State on the road on Nov. 20. The win was also the first
for BSU over a ranked opponent since defeating 21st-ranked Utah State (66-56)
on Valentine's Day 2009
As for the Redhawks, who added this game to their schedule late in order to
prevent what would have been almost a two-week break in the action, they are
coming off a 68-57 loss to Stanford on the road. The defeat evened the team's
record at 2-2, but the good news for Seattle is that the squad is enjoying a
10-game home win streak entering this first-ever meeting against the Broncos.
The Broncos knew Creighton All-American Doug McDermott would probably have his
way at home against them. The star forward posted 21 points and four rebounds,
but turning the ball over five times, which opened the door for BSU and its
improbable road victory. Derrick Marks had the game of his life for the
visitors as he converted 13-of-19 from the floor for his game-high 35 points,
while Anthony Drmic and Jeff Elorriaga responded with 17 and 12 points,
respectively, for a team that shot 60.4 percent from the floor and 10-of-19
behind the three-point line. With his explosive efforts in the last outing,
Marks is now scoring 19.5 ppg to pace the Broncos, followed by Drmic (14.3
ppg) and Elorriaga (10.2 ppg) as the squad generates 76.2 ppg. Giving the
Broncos a huge advantage over the competition is a rebounding edge of 8.1 rpg.
Even though Seattle shot just 32.4 percent from the floor in the first half at
Maples Pavilion the last time out, the visitors still led by three at the
break before falling about after intermission. Prince Obasi tried to keep the
Redhawks alive with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds but it just
wasn't meant to be. Deshaun Sunderhaus registered a double-double with 12
points and a team-best 11 rebounds in the setback as the team suffered 22
turnovers, which the Cardinal traded in for 22 points. Sunderhaus is tied with
Clarence Trent for the scoring lead over the course of four games with 11.0
ppg apiece, the former also heading the rebounding list with eight boards per
contest as well. Because of Sunderhaus, the Redhawks have managed to clear
41.5 rpg to this point, 3.0 rpg more than the competition, and yet the squad
is still being outscored by almost seven points per game.
Certainly the Broncos are due for a slight let-down following their huge win
in Nebraska, but that doesn't mean the squad won't be able to put an end
to Seattle's home win streak.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boise State 78, Seattle 66