The country was shocked at the success of Boise State's basketball program this past year but it was the shock that took place here in the Treasure Valley that was most profound. Fans in Boise are used to the football program doing big this but over the past couple of years, that just hasn't been the case.
Passing them in the left lane? The basketball program--who won the regular season conference title, the conference tournament championship, and danced their way into an 8-seed in March.
Who is behind it all? There are a lot of players--pun intended--but at the end of the day it's Coach Rice that is steering the ship and today, he was rewarded for a job well done:
National sports writer John Rothstein shared the news this morning as well:
And it didn't take long for Boise State fans to chime in:
Could this be the year Boise State makes it past the first round in March Madness? They've got to get there first but we have all of the faith in Leon Rice!
Boise State's Most Underappreciated Star
Boise State seems to mean "football" for most, right? On a national stage, after all, it's the blue turf and the success that the Broncos have had on it that made the university a household name. What happens on the hardwood, however, is far from appreciated at the level that it should be. Leon Rice came to Boise State as a blessing from one of the most powerful basketball programs in the nation: Gonzaga University. Now, the winningest basketball coach in the history of the school seems to take immediate heat if the Broncos aren't in the Final Four. Spoiled by wins on the football field, fans seem to expect the same of the basketball program but when the investment in basketball is so much less than football--can you really have these types of expectations!?
This Former Nampa Basketball Star is ESPN's Darling
It's not often that you see Sports Center re-run a single play as often as they did last night. The good folks at ESPN could not get enough of the dominating performance by one particular Texas Tech player who left it all on the court. His team defeated Baylor-- the defending National Champion and the only remaining undefeated team in the country this season.
Plot twist, this player has some serious Idaho ties-- with NO offers out of High School, Adonis Arms played in Nampa at Northwest Nazarene University where he gained the skill set and the reputation to make his way up to the big time stage.
5 Things Boise State Basketball Needs Now
The Boise State men's basketball team under the leadership of Leon Rice has been on fire. You really can't complain about 14 wins in-a-row, even if some of them were a little scrappy. So out of all of the energy and momentum being built behind this basketball team--which one could argue, is greater than anything that the football team earned this year--what can be improved?
The Broncos have the wins...here's what they need at home.