Boise State (14-4) at Nevada (10-8)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Boise State 8-1, Nevada 8-3. Away Record: Boise
State 4-3, Nevada 2-5. Neutral Record: Boise State 2-0, Nevada 0-0. Conference
Record: Boise State 2-2, Nevada 1-3. Series Record: Nevada leads, 38-21.
GAME NOTES: The Boise State Broncos shoot for a second straight win over a
former Western Athletic Conference foe on Saturday afternoon, as the team
clashes with the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
League rivals in a fourth different conference now, Boise State and Nevada
also clashed as members of the Big West and the Big Sky before dueling for
almost a decade in the WAC before moving over to the Mountain West Conference,
which is where they are now.
On Wednesday night, the Broncos took on Fresno State, a team which has also
made the jump from the MWC to the WAC beginning this season, and captured a
74-67 triumph. The win snapped a brief two-game slide by BSU and evened the
squad's league mark at 2-2.
As for the Wolf Pack, they too were in action three nights ago against San
Diego State at home, but in that case they were taken down hard in a 78-57
final. The loss was the fourth in five games for the group, and now it is just
1-3 in league action.
Boise State won the last meeting in Reno between these two programs in 2011
with a 72-66 triumph, but still the Broncos trail in the all-time series by a
count of 38-21.
The Broncos set a new team and conference record for accuracy at the free-
throw line on Wednesday night as the squad was a perfect 26-of-26 at the
charity stripe in the win over Fresno State. Derrick Marks stepped to the line
12 times for BSU and finished with a game-high 30 points, followed by Anthony
Drmic (23 points) and Ryan Watkins who delivered a double-double with 10
points and a game-best 18 boards as the team survived just 38.2 percent
shooting from the field and a 10-of-17 effort by the Bulldogs beyond the arc.
Marks, who has connected on 100-of-115 tries at the line, is pouring in 17.8
ppg even as he leads the group in assists with 64. Drmic (15.9 ppg) teams with
Jeff Elorriaga (11.4 ppg) to form a potent attack out on the perimeter where
the duo has combined to make 106-of-230 attempts and that has led the team as
a whole to 42.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Trailing by just a single point at intermission against visiting San Diego
State a few nights back, the Pack figured to be in contention for a possible
upset win, but that was before the squad was limited to just six field goals
in the final 20 minutes of action. Malik Story accounted for a team-best 17
points, Jerry Evans kicked in another 14 and Deonte Burton 12 points to go
along with six assists, although the latter shot only 2-of-11 from the floor
on the night. Going with a four-guard lineup, Nevada was beaten on the glass,
38-29. Burton (16.6 ppg) and Story (15.8 ppg) have both started all 85 career
games in which they have played for Nevada and while they have had their ups
and downs this season, the fact remains that they give the Pack their best
shot at winning, at least when they are both playing well.
If either Story or Burton is not hitting his shots then the Wolf Pack will
struggle to be competitive. Unfortunately, that seems to be all too common
these days for Nevada, which opens the door for the Broncos on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boise State 71, Nevada 63
01/26 11:02:19 ET
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