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?