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Boise State wants a piece of Kentucky

The Mountain West Conference received plenty of praise throughout last basketball season. With heavy-hitters like New Mexico and UNLV, the conference’s five bids in the NCAA Tournament were poised to make a name for the conference with adjectives less like “Cinderella” and more like “contender.” However, there were many critics who claimed the west-coast competition was lacking, and knocking off a MWC team meant very little in comparison to the power-six conferences.

It seems the critics were correct, as the league posted a 2-5 record in March, with its top two seeds flaming out in the first game; upset by a 12-seed and a 15-seed.  Boise State was among the biggest gripes — even more so for Kentucky fans as it took away a bubble spot on Selection Sunday. The Broncos lost to La Salle in the 13-seed play-in game.

So the Broncos are looking to toughen its schedule next year. According to the Idaho Statesman, head coach at Boise State Leon Rice is trying to schedule a game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Coach Rice is looking for “high-level” games next season, so he figures the preseason No. 1 team in the country will do.

Remember, former deputy director of athletics at Kentucky, Mark Coyle, is now the athletic director at Boise State. So the connection is there.

The Broncos lose only one senior and return their top six scorers, making them a potential top-25 and NCAA Tournament team.

This could very well be one of Kentucky’s marquee out-of-conference opponents next season. What say you? Do you want Boise State on the schedule for one-game no-return trip series in Rupp Arena?

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

36 Comments for Boise State wants a piece of Kentucky

  1. BigBlueFan
    7:02 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    nah, we could do better

  2. Andrew
    7:05 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Boise State, UNC, Louisville, the Miami Heat, the opponent won’t matter next year

  3. TampaCat
    7:06 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Sure, as long as we get them at home in Football too!

  4. Han
    7:10 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    First or second game in the season? No. Right before or after a huge game? No. Otherwise, sure. We’ll clobber them, especially if Wiggins chooses us.

    4) Dude, even if our worst year under Cal, without checking the numbers, I bet we still had a better home record than Louisville did in the Bucket. We aren’t worried about losing to a mid-major Cinderella-hopeful at home.

    7:10 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, this could be a mid-skill opponent that could be beneficial for us because we can see how teams from across the nation play ball… or should i say, get blown out by 50.

  6. UKBlue1!
    7:11 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Have you looked at our football schedule? It’s rated number #1. We don’t need anyone else on the football schedule. The basketball schedule needs help. We play in one of the weakest basketball conferences in basketball. One or Two more tough games aren’t going to hurt. UT, ALa, UF, Ole Miss and Maybe Arkansas will provide some good competetion in basketball. GA, AU, MSU, SC all figure to stink.

  7. ILCatsFan
    7:12 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Just Bring It!

    7:12 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #5- You are most certainly right about being the national champion. But when you say “eat it” it exposes that you are a typical cards fan, rocking the line beard and tattoos, as well as not understanding the simple math of 8 championships vs 3. sorry, maybe next time though

  9. Han
    7:16 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    10) I’m pretty sure playing Michigan St., UNC, Louisville, Baylor, and whoever we get at Barclay’s. Are we in any conference vs conference thing? If so, add that. That’s all non-conference. Strength of schedule will not be a worry for us with the way we’re going to play. Facing the right opponents and right styles will be, but I don’t think we need to worry about not getting enough competition. Very few conferences have more than 3-5 good teams, teams you consider picking all the way to the sweet 16 or elite 8.

  10. Cupcake
    7:22 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink


  11. facts
    7:27 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #16 – We’ll let the NBA Draft tell you how much “better” Siva is than Wall and Knight. When Peyton and his dad are wearing white beaters in the green room at the end of the second round…’ll have a pretty clear answer as to who’s better.

    Also….Boise State will never be a marquee basketball opponent. These little conferences can run their yaps all day long….they never win anything important.

  12. Dear UK, we are national champs and you are not
    7:46 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Of course Knight, and especially Wall are better basketball players than Siva. But you are delusional if you cannot admit that Siva had an objectively more successful college career than either one of them. Getting the best of the best is a double edged sword. If you don’t win their first year, they are out the door.

  13. mudcreekmark
    7:47 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    We’ll play them in basketball this coming year if they will play us at home in football the next year.

  14. rj
    7:53 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4=Ru paul,lance bass,richard simmons,rock hudson, and teddy bridgewater who makes all of them look straight.

  15. KyMash
    7:54 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I say come get some, Boise State.

  16. Um
    7:56 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure siva never led his team to a victory over any of Cals pgs. Except this past year, because he didn’t have one. Also, the series is 30-15 in favor of UK. Loserville has never one more than two in a row over UK. UK has never won fewer than two in a row. Not only does UK dominate the series, but this time next year will have 3 times as many championships. Loserville is nowhere near the program Kentucky is. Not now, not in the past, not ever!

  17. IU
    7:56 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Sweet 16 and never been kissed…except by Clappy. But who hasn’t?

  18. rj
    7:57 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    of course siva was going to stay, he needed something to do when it wasn’t picking season.

  19. VP
    8:27 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink


  20. Boogie
    8:32 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’d love to mop the floor with these west coast scrubs

  21. maddogmitchell55
    8:44 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to see UK play BSU. It would be a decent game for the Rupp faithful and a decent win for the Cats. Plus, they are publicly calling UK out so it’s not like Coach Cal can say no.

  22. Biff Switters
    9:06 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    21) Agreed. We’re getting called out, but I also like the idea of making it a quid pro quo. Visiting the blue turf in football isn’t a bad idea and for all the BBN who have never seen Idaho….you think Kentucky is beautiful (it’s okay I do too)? Idaho is about as sick as it gets for mother nature lovers as I’m sure many members of the BBN are. McCall, ID is 90 min north of Boise and would most aptly be characterized as, “A little piece of heaven.” I say let’s get it on next year on the hardwood and the year after on the gridiron.

  23. Tom Blevins
    9:16 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    When you’re Kentucky, everybody wants you. We don’t need bosie state in basketball, and we don’t need them in football. I’d only be in favor of playing them in either sport, if we get them at home and don’t have to go to their place.

  24. JohnnyWoo
    9:23 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I like their guts. Bring it.

  25. jeff
    9:57 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink


  26. bballdoc
    9:57 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Sure, they have better credentials than most of the teams we have been playing in the Nov/Dec part of the schedule.

  27. Jimmy
    10:34 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Coyle is the Boise State Athletic Director, he went there from UK and is tight with Mitch, that’s why this game is getting scheduled. Don’t read too much into this.

  28. Bring on the hippies
    11:23 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    French fry university wants none of this next season. Didn’t gonfaga make some douchy YouTube video about us? I say we lay those hippies a new one.

  29. Joe Dennison
    11:33 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I am from Elizabethtown Kentucky, almost 70 years old, and a die hard blue blood Kentucky fan. I live in Nevada about 4 hours from Boise State and root for them out here. I would absolutely love a game between the two. Boise needs a little respect and is a fine school.

  30. Towns
    11:47 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’d play the ’96 Bulls at Rupp. The better competition these new kids can play, the better they’ll be in March.

  31. correction
    1:02 am April 22, 2013 Permalink

    New Mexico was a 3, lost to a 14

  32. Jeffrey
    3:55 am April 22, 2013 Permalink

    I say bring them one and then send them home crying and unable to walk.

  33. Mike
    7:39 am April 22, 2013 Permalink

    I say bring them on!

  34. Steve
    7:53 am April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Drop Loserville and play a big-time opponent every year in their place starting with Boise. Announce it as the Joanne Pitino Invitational only never play the CAWDS.

  35. Kyle
    2:45 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    I agree we make it a double sport thing you get us in basketball we get you in football, but not till 2014 and we play you in the confines of the newly renovated commonwealth stadium

  36. Mark
    5:50 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s play them and some more ligit teams going into this year. It will get our young team ready to blow out the likes of Louisville.