Louisiana (1-1) at Boise State (2-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Taco Bell Arena (12,480) -- Boise, Idaho. Television: None. Home Record: Louisiana 1-0, BSU 2-0. Away Record: Louisiana 0-1, BSU 0-0. Neutral Record: Louisiana 0-0, BSU 0-0. Conference Record: Louisiana 0-0, BSU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Boise State Broncos try to make it three in a row to start off the 2012-13 campaign as they host the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in non- conference action at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos are starting out the season with three straight home dates and so far the results have been very favorable. The team posted an 81-63 victory over Texas Southern in the opener last weekend and followed that up with an 88-80 triumph versus Oakland during which the Broncos turned the ball over a mere five times, the fewest for the program since suffering only four miscues against San Jose State back on Jan. 3, 2002.
As for the Cajuns, they too had a date with the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland last week and made the most of it with a 90-79 triumph. Unfortunately, Louisiana hit the road on Friday and was dealt a 74-71 overtime loss versus Texas Southern in Houston to balance the team's record at 1-1.
This is the first-ever meeting between these two programs.
Scoring just 19 points after the first 20 minutes of action and trailing by double figures at the break, Louisiana was lucky to get the meeting with Texas Southern into overtime on Friday before eventually suffering the three-point setback on the road. Shawn Long put together a standout effort for the Ragin' Cajuns as he registered a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, adding four blocked shots for good measure. Bryant Mbamalu responded with 18 points and six boards before fouling out and Elfrid Payton 15 points, six boards and four assists for the visitors. In the opener, Mbamalu and Elridge Moore both delivered 15 points, the former shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor, while Long and Payton chipped in 14 points apiece as both of them shot better than 54 percent from the floor in that outing.
The Broncos got the job done at the offensive end of the floor against Oakland earlier this week as they sported four players with at least 15 points and one with at least 20 for the first time in nearly four years. Except for Ryan Watkins who finished with just six points in 17 minutes of action, every starter landed in double figures beginning with Anthony Drmic who not only tallied 25 points, he also accounted for 10 rebounds and five assists. Derrick Marks added 18 points and four dishes, followed by Jeff Elorriaga with a career-high 17 points and Igor Hadziomerovic with 15 as the duo combined to shoot 7-of-16 behind the three-point line. The team's ability to keep control of the ball was a far cry from their lackluster effort in the season opener against Texas State when, despite winning back 18 points, they ended up with 16 miscues. In that outing BSU had a total of five players score in double figures, including a pair of reserves in Kenny Buckner and Mikey Thompson with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
As long as the Broncos can again take care of the ball today, the hosts should be able to take control of the action and capture a third straight win in as many games.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boise State 78, Louisiana 66
11/18 10:40:34 ET