GAME NOTES: A pair of undefeated teams do battle at Taco Bell Arena tonight,
as the Boise State Broncos collide with the Utah Runnin' Utes in non-
Boise State, which is in the midst of a three-game homestand, is coming off a
76-60 win over Portland State last Friday, marking the team's sixth victory in
as many chances in 2013-14. The squad will conclude the run in Boise with a
meeting against Carroll on Thursday, and then will be hitting the road to
challenge nationally-ranked Kentucky in Lexington a week from now.
As for the Utes, they too are a perfect 6-0 at the moment, the first time
that's been the case since 1998. Last Wednesday, the team took care of Ball
State rather easily in an 88-69 final. During the win streak, the Utes have
won every game by double figures, the first time they've done that over a six-
game span since 2005.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Utes have taken four of the
previous six matchups from Boise State, including a convincing 76-55 triumph
in the most recent meeting last year.
For Utah, this is the only road game until it visits Washington in Seattle on
Jan. 8. The Utes will be back in Salt Lake City beginning on Saturday versus
Fresno State for a seven-game run.
Utah scored the first points of the game against the Cardinals, led by a 12-3
margin minutes into the meeting and cruised the rest of the way as Delon
Wright not only scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the
floor, he also handed out seven assists, made five steals and cleared four
rebounds for good measure. Brandon Taylor pitched in with 17 points and five
dishes, while Princeton Onwas registered a double-double consisting of 13
points and 10 rebounds for a team that shot 56.1 percent from the floor,
compared to 38.6 percent for the visitors.
Shooting a staggering 74.5 percent from the field, Wright is putting up not
only 15.2 ppg to place second on the Utes (Jordan Loveridge, 16.0 ppg), he is
also tops on the unit with 32 assists and 21 steals, all while capturing 6.2
rpg for a group that owns a rebounding advantage of 13.4 per game at the
moment. Loveridge, who was held in check by Ball State, is good for a team-
best 11.0 rpg, which is all the more reason for him to give up his quest of
becoming a 3-point shooting threat, having made just 5-of-23 (.217) on the
Despite dropping from 52.0 percent shooting from the floor in the first half
against Portland State to just 38.7 percent over the final 20 minutes, the
Broncos still played well enough to secure the 16-point win the last time out.
The squad held a 40-26 advantage on the glass and outscored the Vikings by a
22-8 margin at the free-throw line. Derrick Marks and Ryan Watkins both
tallied 14 points, the latter adding 13 rebounds, while Mikey Thompson and
Igor Hadziomerovic responded with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Marks, who has held at least a share of the scoring lead three times this
season for the Broncos, paces the group overall with his 21.5 ppg, followed by
Marks with 18.8 ppg. The pair has combined to knock down 77 attempts at the
free-throw line, just eight fewer than all six opponents to this point. The
team is generating a hefty 97.7 ppg after hitting for triple digits in three
contests, with a high of 116 points coming against Texas-Arlington in the
Both of these teams are used to having their way at the offensive end of the
floor, so it will be the squad with the tightest defense that will likely
emerge victorious tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Utah 81, Boise State 74