A loss wasn't surprising but to be dominated in that fashion was aggravating. I can only think the quick turnaround and Drmic only playing sparingly contributed to the 12 turnovers in the first half and overall flat play. They get a week and a half off so they should be ready for Air Force at Taco Bell Arena January 14th.
Game preview/notes below:
Broncos Get Their Final OOC Tune-Up Opportunity
DATE: Monday; Jan. 2, 2011
TIME: 8 p.m. (MT)
LOCATION: Fresno, Calif. / Save Mart Center (15,596)
RADIO: Bronco Sports Network / BroncoSports.com
THE GAME: The Boise State men’s basketball team will play its first game of 2012, traveling to face Fresno State, Monday (Jan. 2). Tip-off between the Broncos (10-4) and Bulldogs (6-8) is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT) at the Save Mart Center.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s game 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
VERSUS THE WAC: Boise State went 81-87 in league games in its 10 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (2001-11), including a mark of 14-9 against Fresno State. The Broncos are 2-0 against the league this season.
THE SERIES: Boise State leads the all-time series 16-14, including a 70-63 victory earlier this season in Boise. Prior to this season, the two teams had not met as nonconference opponents since Dec. 10, 1983. The Broncos are 2-5 when playing Fresno State in a nonconference game. Boise State is 5-9 when playing on the road, but was victorious (70-56) the last time the two teams met in Fresno (Feb. 24, 2011).
EARLIER THIS SEASON: Ryan Watkins had 18 points and a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double, leading Boise State to a 70-63 victory over Fresno State in Boise, Dec. 19. Anthony Drmic added 14 points and made four 3-pointers for the Broncos, and Watkins had nine of his 11 rebounds on the offensive end as Boise State outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-25 and improved to 9-0 at home in 2011-12.
ANOTHER 20 FOR DRMIC: Anthony Drmic already has three 20-point games this season, the most by a Bronco freshman in at least the last 18 seasons. Booker Nabors (2000-01) and Steve Shepherd (1993-94) are the only other freshmen to post multiple 20-point games during their freshmen seasons (two).
PERRYMAN’S RATIO: With his nine-assist, zero-turnover performance against Idaho (Dec. 31), redshirt senior guard Westly Perryman moved into second in the Mountain West in assist-turnover ratio (2.5).
KNOCKING DOWN THREES: Anthony Drmic leads the Mountain West with 2.92 3-point field goals per game, and Drew Wiley ranks fourth with 2.00 per contest. The Broncos lead the conference in the statistical category, averaging 8.93 per game.
Fresno State rolled into Taco Bell Arena a couple weeks ago and to most were a heavy underdog. Fresno proved to be a tough test but Boise rallied behind an impressive Christmas Break crowd to edge the 'Dogs 70-63 in that contest. Its always tough to beat the same team twice but this may be even tougher taking into account how soon they'll be playing again and the fact Fresno State has won 2 straight since that last contest. One of those victories was a 3 point win over Arizona State in Tempe. Perspective check: ASU was picked to finish second to last in the Pac-12 and Fresno State was the second WAC team to beat them in 2011-12 non conference play, Nevada did it first.
This could be a tough game for the Broncos, especially if Drmic needs to nurse his ankle after his beast mode performance against Idaho on Saturday. I've loved watching that kid all season but after that game I've ben googling Boise State Basketball Jersesys in hopes I can get my hands on a number 3. The Blue and Orange store has told me that they have not "yet" gotten some, this gives me hope I can get one eventually. That said, there;s nothing cooler than wearing a Corral shirt. Back on topic, I'd be ok with them sitting Drmic. It seems like the ankle injury was a pretty stubborn one and he really needs to get past it by the time Boise opens conference play on January 14th. If that makes a victory in Fresno harder then thats ok with me. Even without Drmic I think we'd be ok. Boise did a decent job against Iowa without him and when LSU shut Drmic down others stepped up (Derrick Marks had a 20 point game while Drmic was held to 0 points).
Boise owns Fresno in almost all statistical categories. One of the biggest advantages in their last outing vs. Fresno State was the work they did under the boards. BSU outrebounded Fresno 41-25 that game. BSU has a rebound margin of +5.9 while Fresno manages a margin of -3.3. As long as we continue to dominate the glass and win the tunover battle (both teams are about equal in the TO category) Boise should be able to end their non conference play at 11-4 which is pretty dang impressive considering the youth of the team.
A win would also help propel Boise into their conference schedule opening up at Taco Bell Arena against Air Force January 14th. Air Force is more than winnable and a win at home vs. AFA would extend BSU's home winning streak to 16, maintaining their spot among the Top 25 longest active winning streaks in NCAA Bball and set up a home court defending smash hit of a game vs. current #19 UNLV on January 25th. If we roll into that game with a 16 game home winning streak I can only imagine we have a season record crowd (7k+) and those are always fun.
Here are some links and things for the game tonight, post below if you're listening in tonight, and I'll update with postgame thoughts tomorrow. GO BRONCOS!