It has been over a month since at least one Boise State player failed to score 20 points in a game. The last time it happened was at New Mexico on Feb. 16. Derrick Marks “only” had 19 points in that one.
As the Broncos prepare for their sixth trip to the postseason in school history, head coach Leon Rice states it’s just a matter of who can get hot. A further look at the numbers show that Boise State might be that team.
Both sophomores Anthony Drmic and Marks carried the Broncos through conference play. Here is a closer look at how good this scoring duo has been this season.
No. 3 - Anthony Drmic, guard
- The sophomore has scored 20+ points in six of his last seven games. Over that stretch he is averaging 22.4 points a game, shooting 50.4% (52-103) from the floor in 33.1 minutes a contest. More importantly, Boise State is 5-2 over that stretch.
- Drmic has score 20+ points in 16 of 31 games he has played in. Boise State is 13-3 in those games.
- Drmic has scored in double-figures in 26 of the 31 games he has appeared in this season. Boise State is 20-7 when he has at least 10 points and 1-4 when he doesn’t.
- Drmic has not only expanded his game by finding more ways to score, but he is also doing it with incredible efficiency. Last season he shot 47.7% (53-111) from inside the arc. This year that number has ballooned to 53.7% (101-188).
No. 2 - Derrick Marks, guard
- Derrick Marks has scored 30 or more points three times this season. In those games, the sophomore has shot a combine 68.6%. Also, he is just the fourth player in school history with three 30-point games in a single-season.
- When Marks gets to the free-throw line, the Broncos win. Boise State is 6-1 this season when Marks attempts 10-or-more free-throws.
- Which Marks will we see? The destributor or the scorer? Over the last six games, Marks has attempted 18 or more shots in three of them. In the others, he has attempts seven or less, but also averaged 5.3 assists.
- Marks is coming off his worst offensive outing of the season. Against San Diego State, he shot just 4-of-22 (18.2%) and didn’t scoring for the first 27:08 of the game. But Marks always bounces back. Prior to that showing against the Aztecs, Marks shot 36.4% or worst from the floor six times this season. In the games that followed, Marks averaged 20.2 points and shot 58.4% (45-77).
Drmic and Marks
- With Drmic (17.3) and Marks (16.3) averaging a combine 33.6 points a game this season, the sophomores are the top scoring duo in the Mountain West.
- This season, either Drmic or Marks has scored in double-figures in all 31 games.
- Jeff Elorriaga has proved to be the glue guy of this Boise State team. With that in mind, offensively, his roll seems to be pretty defined. Either Elorriaga will put up shots or he won’t.
Shot attempts during conference play:
0-5 shots: 7 times (BSU record: 5-2)
6-9 shots: 1 time (BSU record: 0-1)
10+ shots: 6 times (BSU record: 4-2)
- In 56 career games prior to this season, Elorriaga had scored 257 points. In 28 games this season, he has 288.
- Ryan Watkins has shot 63.3% from the field over the last seven games.
- Watkins’ 6.8 rebound per game leads Boise State. Of his 212 rebounds, 46.2% (98) have come on the offensive glass.
- Prior to this season, only four players in Boise State history made 75 or more three-pointers in a season. Two Broncos have done it this year: Elorriaga (82) and Drmic (75).
Taking Aim at the Record Books
- With 117 assists on the season, ten more would move Marks into the top 10 on the all-time single-season list.
- With 55 steals on the season, one more would tie Marks with Darnell Woods and Chris Childs for ninth on the all-time single-season list.
- With 75 three-point fields goals made this season, Drmic would become just the fifth player in school history with 80 or more in a single-season.
- With three more three-pointer field goals, Jeff Elorriaga (82 3-PT FGM) would move into second place on the all-time single-season list. Abe Jackson holds the school record with 92.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)