UC Santa Barbara (2-2) at Boise State (3-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Taco Bell Arena (12,380) -- Boise, Idaho. Television:
None. Home Record: UCSB 2-0, Boise State 3-0. Away Record: UCSB 0-2, Boise
State 0-1. Neutral Record: UCSB 0-0, Boise State 0-0. Conference Record: UCSB
0-0, Boise State 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 5-5.
GAME NOTES: After taking a loss in its first road game of the season, Boise
State will try to recover at home when the Broncos host the UC Santa Barbara
Gauchos at Taco Bell Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Gauchos have begun to turn around their season after opening up with a
pair of double-digit losses in game one and two. Since then UCSB has evened
its record at 2-2 with wins over Master's College (680-60) and San Diego
(57-39). Both of those wins came at home with the two losses on the road. UCSB
will return home in its next game against Wyoming.
A trip to East Lansing proved costly for Boise State on Tuesday as the Broncos
were topped 74-70 by Michigan State. Before that the Broncos played three
straight home games and brought in victories in each one, although only one
was by more than 10 points. It will be a quick turnaround for the Broncos
after this with their next three games on the road beginning on Wednesday
Boise State evened up the all-time series between these squads with a buzzer-
beating win (78-76) during the Bracket Busters weekend in February of 2011.
The all-time series is split 5-5.
UC Santa Barbara shot a solid 46.0 percent from the floor against San Diego
but where its most impressive effort came was on defense. The Gauchos limited
the Toreros to just 13 field goals and a 24.5 field goal percentage in the
game as a whole in limiting them to just 39 points. Taran Brown and Allan
Williams both got into double figures with 17 and 12 points respectively.
The kind of defensive showing the Gauchos had against San Diego was a bit out
of the ordinary, at least based on early returns this season. The Gauchos are
surrendering 69.0 points per game on the season and have twice been gashed for
more than 75 points including a 100-point showing against Illinois State. On
the other side the Gauchos are scoring a decent 68.0 points per game while
shooting 42.6 percent from the field. Brown and Williams are the only two
players on the team scoring in double figures. Brown (15.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.2
apg) is the lead scorer on the roster and has also been a strong rebounder and
distributor. Williams (14.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg) has been just behind Brown in
scoring and is a threat to post a double-double every night. Williams is also
a staunch defender that protects the paint well with 3.5 blocks per game. Kyle
Boswell (8.2 ppg) is the only other player for the Gauchos scoring more than
seven points a game.
Boise State hung right with Michigan State and lead well into the first half
before the Spartans took a 27-24 lead with a little more than five minutes in
the first period. From there the Broncos never led again but never trailed by
more than nine points. The Broncos shot at a 42.0 percent clip in the game and
were the benefactors of a 23-16 edge in points from the free throw line. Those
points were needed as Michigan State was allowed to shoot 57.8 percent from
the field. Derrick Marks powered the offense with 24 points, 11 of which came
from the free throw line.
The Broncos are a team that can score, as they average 75.5 points per game
while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor. Marks is a major reason for that
as he is putting 18.0 points per game while shooting just 40.0 percent from
the field. Marks has also contributed in a number of other ways, dishing out a
team-high 3.8 assists per game while bringing in 4.5 rebounds. Anthony Drmic
(13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) is the only other player on the roster that is scoring in
double digits although six different players, including Marks and Drmic, score
eight or more points per game. Mikey Thompson (9.2 ppg) provides offensive
spark off the bench while Ryan Watkins (9.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Jeff Elorriaga
(8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg) provide scoring and rebounding help out of the starting
The road woes of the Gauchos are well documented this season. It won't get any
easier against a Boise State squad that has been lights out at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boise State 76, UC Santa Barbara 63
11/24 10:31:29 ET