Hopes were high for the Boise State men's basketball team this spring--but that wasn't the case earlier in the year. Boise State is what most would call a "football school", right? Well-- maybe if they had won some more games this year. But we digress.

Leon Rice and his crew stole the show over at Boise State this year and unfortunately, the run has come to an end. After winning the regular season title for the Mountain West Conference and then winning the conference tournament, too, the Broncos were a lock for the big dance.

Energy was high in Boise and Portland, where the game was played, when the Broncos took on Memphis. Friends in the venue shared with us that Gonzaga's massive fan base was in all in cheering for the Broncos, too.

After a pitiful first-half performance and a decent recovery in the second half, it simply wasn't enough and the Broncos fell short to Memphis-- being eliminated entirely from the Big Dance.

As always, we're totally here for the commentary-- here's what was said around the Treasure Valley!

Commentary on the Mountain West? Eh, not so great...


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!?

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.

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