Broncos get another top-15 test in San Diego State; Marks looks to bounce back (w/video)

Boise State’s first Mountain West road game will be quite a doozy. The Broncos travel to No. 13 San Diego State on Wednesday for a 9 p.m. MT game, televised on ESPNU.

The Aztecs (12-1, 1-0) are coming off a 61-57 win at then-No. 16 Kansas, holding the Jayhawks to just 29 percent shooting. It was Kansas’ first nonconference home loss since Nov. 15, 2006, snapping a streak of 68 straight wins.

“That was so impressive,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said.

San Diego State is No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense (53.6 ppg) and No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (33.9).

“They’re one of the best, if not the best defensive team in the country,” Rice said.

It is the third top-15 team Boise State has faced — the Broncos played at then-No. 11 Kentucky on Dec. 10 and against then-No. 14 Iowa State on Dec. 25 in Hawaii. It’s the first time in program history the Broncos have seen three top-15 teams in one season. Boise State has two wins over such teams — Nov. 28, 2012 against No. 11 Creighton, and Dec. 4, 1998 against No. 15 Washington.

The Aztecs jumped from 21st to 13th in the latest AP poll, which you can see below, along with my vote this week.
1. Arizona (60) 1,620
2. Syracuse (5) 1,550
3. Ohio State 1,470
4. Wisconsin 1,427
5. Michigan State 1,378
6. Wichita State 1,203
7. Baylor 1,169
8. Villanova 1,141
9. Iowa State 1,076
10. Florida 1,052
11. Oklahoma State 934
12. Louisville 825
13. San Diego State 823
14. Kentucky 808
15. Colorado 752
16. Duke 745
17. Oregon 715
18. Kansas 367
19. Massachusetts 364
20. Iowa 261
21. Missouri 247
22. Gonzaga 241
23. Illinois 178
24. Memphis 126
25. Kansas State 112
Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 103, Creighton 82, North Carolina 79, UCLA 79, Pittsburgh 44, Harvard 41, UConn 41, Saint Louis 19, Oklahoma 15, Michigan 11, George Washington 9, SMU 9, Notre Dame 3, Xavier 3, Toledo 2, Arkansas 1.

My vote
1. Arizona
2. Syracuse
3. Wisconsin
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
6. Iowa State
7. Wichita State
8. Villanova
9. Baylor
10. Florida
11. San Diego State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Colorado
14. Louisville
15. Kentucky
16. Oregon
17. Duke
18. Massachusetts
19. Kansas
20. Illinois
21. Cincinnati
22. Creighton
23. Iowa
24. Memphis
25. Harvard

Boise State junior Derrick Marks had only four points on 2-for-7 shooting Saturday in the Broncos’ win over Fresno State, but now has 1,002 points in his career, one of seven juniors to accomplish the feat ever at Boise State.

Those four points tied a season-low, which he had Dec. 23 in Hawaii against South Carolina. The next game, two days later, he had 23 points against then-No. 14 Iowa State.

“He didn’t play his best game (Saturday), obviously, but that’s the beauty of Derrick — he’ll come out, compete and play a great one next time,” Rice said.

Senior Ryan Watkins had 15 points and 17 rebounds Saturday, one point shy of a season-high in scoring and one rebound shy of tying his career-high. He had gone five games without double-figure rebounds after having 10 or more in five straight games prior. He is now averaging 10.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

“What a yeoman’s effort by Ryan,” Rice said. “Isn’t it great to see a guy put it all out there like that? Just such desire and to play so hard. I was really proud of Ryan.”

Make sure to check out Brian Murphy’s story on how 16-year-old Connor Martin, battling cancer, has inspired the Broncos and become a co-captain in the process. Read it here.

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