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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 27, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Taco Bell Arena (12,480) -- Boise, Idaho. Television: None. Home Record: Nevada 10-5, BSU 11-1. Away Record: Nevada 2-9, BSU 5-7. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-0, BSU 2-0. Conference Record: Nevada 3-9, BSU 6-6. Series Record: Nevada leads, 39-21.
GAME NOTES: The Boise State Broncos try for their 12th home win of the season on Wednesday night, as they tangle with the Nevada Wolf Pack in Mountain West Conference action at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos, who are 11-1 in their own building in 2012-13, have posted back- to-back wins and victories in three of the last four outings in order to move to an even 6-6 in conference play. Over the weekend, BSU completed the season sweep of Fresno State with a 72-63 triumph on the road.
As for Nevada, it entered the week second-to-last in the MWC standings with a record of only 3-9 in league action. On Saturday afternoon, the team was topped by San Diego State on the road, 88-75, marking its third straight loss and the sixth in seven tries.
The Wolf Pack won the first meeting of the season between these two teams back in January by a score of 75-59 at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. With that decision, the all-time series now stands at 39-21 in favor of Nevada.
Malik Story erupted for 33 points against San Diego State on Saturday, shooting 12-of-22 from the floor and 7-of-13 behind the 3-point line, but still the Wolf Pack came away with the loss at Viejas Arena. Jerry Evans added 16 points, while Deonte Burton registered a double-double for the visitors with 12 points and a game-high 10 assists, but while the team was able to knock down 12-of-24 on the perimeter, they were just 13-of-21 at the free- throw line.
Held to just six points in the meeting against Fresno State last week, Story rebounded well for the Pack with his performance over the weekend and is now scoring a team-best 16.4 ppg on the average. His partner in crime in the backcourt, Burton checks in with another 15.8 ppg and is also first on the unit with 92 assists, but even with Burton trying to keep his teammates involved, none of them are scoring more than 8.2 ppg at the moment.
The Broncos were a bit shaky coming out of the gate against Fresno State, but after hitting just 31.8 percent from the floor in the first half the visitors turned it around with 56.5 percent accuracy from the field and 18-of-22 at the free-throw line in the second half to capture the nine-point win over the weekend. Guards Anthony Drmic and Jeff Elorriaga carried much of the load with 28 and 20 points, respectively, the latter shooting 6-of-10 beyond the arc.
Drmic, the leading scorer for the Broncos in three of the last four games, leads the group with his 16.6 ppg, shooting close to 40 percent behind the 3- point line. Not that far off the pace is Derrick marks with his 16.0 ppg, and while he is hitting his perimeter shots at a 45.7 percent clip, it is his 84.0 percent shooting at the free-throw line that tends to get more attention. Elorriaga (10.8 ppg) is the most reliable long-distance shooter for the Broncos with 71-of-159 (.447) accuracy to help lift the team as a whole to 39.2 percent.
This game hinges on whether or not Burton and Story can have solid outputs again in the same outing. Should that happen the Pack will have a fighting chance, otherwise it is BSU that will probably survive.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boise State 71, Nevada 66
02/27 10:32:31 ET
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