Here are some game details and previews from a media outlets around the web for the Basketball game tonight. This is Drake's first legitimate road test so lets hope it goes the way ours did! Should be a good game, come and enjoy the winning while it lasts. After this we play a good Indiana State team followed by Idaho State, Portland State, LSU, and Denver, all of which will be tough games. I see IDSU and PSU being winnable, Indiana State, LSU and Denver will be pretty tough.
DATE: Wednesday; Nov. 30, 2011
TIME: 7 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho / Taco Bell Arena (12,480)
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network / BroncoSports.com KBOI 670 AM
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team closes out the month of November at home against Drake, Wednesday. The Broncos (4-1) and Bulldogs (4-2) are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game against Drake will be broadcast live on the Bronco Sports Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. The broadcast will also be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.
Play-by-Play: Bob Behler
Analyst: Abe Jackson
SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos and Bulldogs have met just once prior to this season, a 72-69 Drake victory in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2010. The game was the third of four-straight losses of three-or-fewer points for Boise State.
VERSUS THE MVC: Boise State is 1-2 against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference. The lone victory came against Evansville last season (75-69), advancing the team to the semifinals of the CBI.
BRONCOS IN THE RANKINGS: The NCAA released its first official rankings for 2011-12 Monday, and the Broncos ranked amongst the nation’s best in a number of statistical categories: turnover margin (fifth; 7.8), scoring margin (11th; 23.6), 3-point field goals (14th; 9.6) and scoring offense (21st; 82.2). The Broncos lead the MW in each category.
Individually, freshman Anthony Drmic ranked fifth-nationally - and led the MW - in 3-point field goals per game (3.8) and redshirt senior Westly Perryman ranked 14th in assist-turnover ratio (4.25). Drmic also ranks second in the conference and 40th-nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.475).
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ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Are embarking on their first true road game of the year with Simons and Rayvonte Rice establishing themselves as consistent scorers.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Are 4-0 at home, averaging 87.3 points in those contests. Lost at Drake 72-69 last December.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Both teams look to be improved from last season, and the most intriguing matchup will be on the wing, where Drmic, a freshman, will tangle with Rice and Simons. If the Bulldogs can get a third scoring option to emerge, they’ll have a strong chance to win.
Boise State men's hoops team takes step up in competition
Boise State sophomore Thomas Bropleh is one of the few players who remembers last season’s nightmare trip to Iowa for a nonconference game at Drake.
There was a snowstorm that wreaked havoc with travel plans. And once they got to the game, the Broncos made 2-of-21 shots from 3-point range in a 72-69 loss.
"Sometimes it just isn’t your day, and I think that’s what it was," Bropleh said.
Boise State (4-1) gets its shot at redemption Wednesday when the Bulldogs (4-2) play at Taco Bell Arena.
But avenging that loss isn’t a point of emphasis. Like coach Leon Rice pointed out, only four players from this year’s team made that trip.
"You look around the locker room and try to bring up last year’s game and they’re like ‘None of us were there,’ " Rice said. "Our style is a little different from last year, and so is theirs."
Drake, which plays in the basketball-rich Missouri Valley Conference, has faced a difficult schedule. The Bulldogs’ only defeats were single-digit setbacks to Mississippi and Virginia. Drake owns wins over Iowa State, Winthrop, Upper Iowa and the same Cal State Northridge team that Boise State defeated on Nov. 19.
Boise State will be trying to earn its first win against a team that has beaten a Division I opponent. Entering Monday’s games, the Broncos’ schedule was ranked 342 out of 344 teams by the website realtimerpi.com.
"Every competitor always looks forward to playing better competition, and the competition is getting a lot better," Bropleh said. "We have a lot of competitors that are ready for this opportunity. I think we’ll come out and play as hard as we can."
Rice said one of the nice things about having such a young team is it respects all of the opponents because of a lack of familiarity. He said the Australians on the roster — leading scorer Anthony Drmic (16.6 points per game) and Igor Hadziomerovic (6.8) — don’t know many college teams. Freshman Derrick Marks admitted he didn’t know a whole lot about Drake.
"I know they’re from Iowa," said Marks, who is the only other Bronco to average in double figures (10.0 ppg). "And I heard last year was a close game and that they stole one from us.
But don’t expect that fact to be a driving force when the Broncos take the floor.
"You always want to play well," Bropleh said. "It’s not about revenge or anything like that. It’s about your team and getting better."
The Broncos have been very good this season. They rank fifth nationally in turnover margin (plus-7.8), 11th in scoring margin (plus-23.6), 14th in 3-pointers per game (9.6) and 21st in scoring (82.2).
Those numbers, they say, come from the other end of the floor.
"One thing that the coaches stress is that defense has to be consistent," Bropleh said. "That’s something this team has to be known for."
Drake (4-2) at Boise State (4-1)
GAME NOTES: Still undefeated at home after four games, the Boise State Broncos try to keep the good times rolling as they close out the month of November with a meeting against the Drake Bulldogs as part of the Missouri Valley Conference/Mountain West Conference Challenge at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State, which is 4-1 overall on the season with the long loss coming at Long Beach State last week, took down Northern Illinois in non-conference play on Saturday with a 71-57 final in order to stay perfect in its own building.
As for the Bulldogs, this game counts as their first official road test since their meetings during the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas were considered neutral- site affairs. The team is 4-2 overall at the moment after capturing a 73-49 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday at home in Iowa.
The Bulldogs won the only previous meeting between these two teams by a score of 72-69 in Des Moines last season.
Defensively, Drake forced the Matadors into 21 turnovers and limited the visitors to just 35.1 percent shooting from the floor and 3-of-17 behind the three-point line in their meeting over the weekend. Rayvonte Rice guided the offense for the Bulldogs with his game-high 22 points, adding seven rebounds to match the efforts of Jordan Clarke (11 points) on the glass. Also scoring in double figures were Ben Simons and Kurt Alexander with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Simons and Rice are practically even at the top of the scoring list for the team with 17.5 ppg and 17.4 ppg, respectively, although Rice did not appear in one of the six games thus far. Both players are shooting better than 47.5 percent from the floor and have combined for 21 of the team's 32 three-point baskets.
Like the Bulldogs, Boise State's defense also took center stage in the most recent outing as the Broncos forced Northern Illinois into 21 turnovers. Anthony Drmic shot just 5-of-14 from the floor against the Huskies, but four of those conversions came from three-point range as he finished with 18 points, followed by Jeff Elorriaga who also made good on a quartet of triples and was responsible for another 14 points. Thomas Bropleh tallied 10 points off the bench for a team that shot just 12-of-21 at the free-throw line yet still outscored the visitors by a 12-3 margin at the charity stripe nonetheless. Drmic is easily the top scorer for the Broncos these days with his 16.6 ppg, making it happen with his 19-of-40 shooting behind the three- point line in five starts. As a team Boise State is shooting an impressive 40.3 percent from three-point range, which is a huge reason why it is outscoring opponents by an average of 23.6 ppg.
The scoring margin that the Broncos have been enjoying to this point in the season certainly wont last, but at least the team can count on another home win if nothing else.