The hype around hoops at Boise State University is arguably, at an all-time high. For years, the school has been best known for its football program. Rightly so--the Broncos have won some pretty big football games and garnered some pretty insane attention.

That dominance, however, was more than a decade ago. On the rise these days? Boise State's basketball program.

For two years in a row now, the men's program has made it to "the big dance" known as March Madness and the team has seen plenty of sell out crowds at ExtraMile Arena--both of these things have been unheard of in recent years.

Just announced this week? Boise State will be getting an early start on the season by traveling to Canada for an exhibition tournament in July and August!

When speaking about it, head coach Leon Rice said:

With the experience we have coming back from last year's team along with our newcomers who can make an immediate impact, it will be so beneficial for our team to hit the ground running before the fall. This is a great way for the players to acclimate to one another while gaining international experience.

Vancouver, Canada and Kamloops, Canada will be the two places that the Broncos play. Leon Rice, formerly of Gonzaga University, knows first-hand how good basketball is in Canada--having recruited many of their best to play for Gonzaga.

Fans hope this early summer tour will help the team find a rhythm that can get them to the top of the Mountain West and March Madness for a third year in a row!

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.

Insane Big Sky Basketball Moment Makes National Headlines

Check out the break down of this amazing sports moment that happened in downtown Boise.

Watch the full video below!

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