BOISE – The big game that Boise State coach Leon Rice hinted at is finally official.
The Boise State men’s basketball team will meet Kentucky and coach John Calipari on Dec. 10 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The schools announced the completed deal Wednesday afternoon.
“We want to continue to build on what Coach Rice and his staff have accomplished in their time at Boise State,” said Boise State athletics director Mark Coyle said. “Scheduling marquee games that will draw interest nationally is part of that process.”
Kentucky figures to be ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into the 2013-2014 season with the addition of one of the top recruiting classes in the history of college basketball.
The Wildcats signed five of the top nine players in the country per ESPN.com and are in the running for overall No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins.
Rice indicated recently that his squad would play a tough road non-conference game this season, similar to games last season at Michigan State and Creighton. I
Boise State lost 74-70 at Michigan State but won 83-70 at No. 11 Creighton, the Broncos’ highest win ever over a ranked opponent. The win was critical in helping the Broncos earn an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament.
The non-conference schedule is slowly starting to take shape. They will host Seattle, Utah and UT-Arlington in return games and will travel to play at New Orleans. They are also participating in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii Dec. 22-25. Teams committed include Hawaii, George Mason, Iowa State, Saint Mary’s, Oregon State and South Carolina.
The rest of the Broncos’ non-conference schedule is expected to be released this summer.
Boise State went 21-11 last season and made their first at-large appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history. They are ranked in the top-25 in several early preseason projects for next season including No. 25 by CBSSports.com.