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Boise State vs. Fresno State: Game Preview

The Bulldogs look to continue their winning ways against a Broncos team that wants to protect its standing for the imminent conference tournament.

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Fresno State Bulldogs (14-14, 7-8 MWC) vs. Boise State Broncos (18-9, 8-6)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, 6:05 PST

WHERE: Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA

TV: CBS Sports Network

RADIO: The Fresno broadcast can be heard on the local ESPN affiliate, 940 AM, while the Boise State feed can be found in and around Boise on 670 AM.

LAST MEETING: On January 4, the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 86-79 in Boise.

Boise State and Fresno State arrive at the home stretch of the regular season in similar circumstances. Both teams have been unquestionably hot: The Broncos have won three in a row which includes victories against New Mexico and UNLV, while the Bulldogs have won six of their last seven games. Both feature dynamic duos who have hit their strides in recent weeks.

The big difference can be found in the standings, where Boise has overcome a litany of close losses in conference play and fought their way into third place, while Fresno's winning has vaulted them into seventh. Being in the middle of the race for a first-round bye in the Mountain West tournament was more than most Bulldogs fans expected a month ago, and knocking off a Bronco team who holds one of those valuable perches would be significant.

What to Watch - Fresno State: For as often as Tyler Johnson and Cezar Guerrero go on scoring binges, it is somewhat surprising that neither player gets to the free throw line as often as one might suspect. Both are in the top three in free throw percentage, yet they each average just 3.5 attempts per game. If the game is hotly contested late, don't be surprised to see the star guards get aggressive in the lane, in order to take advantage of that efficiency.

What to Watch - Boise State: The Broncos own the highest-scoring offense in MWC play and possess the only pair of scorers that average at least 15 points a game in Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic. However, Boise State won the first matchup against Fresno on the strength of its rebounding. Ryan Watkins outrebounded the entire Bulldogs team in the first half of their January tilt, and he was also a huge part of their advantages in second-chance points and points in the paint. Another performance like that could end the game before it really begins.