On the heels of a loud fanbase that has had almost nothing but complaints about Boise State's placement in March Madness--head coach Leon Rice is offering a fresh take.

Selection Sunday just took place this past Sunday and when the seeds, rankings, and placements were revealed to the nation for what will be the 2024 March Madness bracket--many in Boise weren't happy.

Boise State has had a pretty solid year on the basketball court. Coached by former assistant at Gonzaga University, Leon Rice has built a program that competes in the Mountain West and beyond--knocking off ranked opponents both on the road and at home this year.

Why were Boise State fans so grumpy online? They thought that the Boise State team deserved to be 'seeded' and placed in a better location.

What many fans seemed to forget was that the program is, for the first time ever, making its third consecutive appearance in the tournament and no matter what: they're dancing.

In a press conference earlier today, head coach Leon Rice offered a hot take.

Rice said that while he hans't been to the tournament every year since coming to Boise--he's been to a total of SIXTEEN and has never seen a bad team--nothing that if you've made it to the 'big dance'--you're simply one of the best.

This year, that includes Boise State.

Rice also noted that being one of the first four to play is actually an advantage. He said that while nobody wants to be the first four to play, going into the round of 68 with a game fresh under your belt is indeed an advantage that offers a lot of momentum.

"Seed doesn't matter, location doesn't matter, brackets don't matter, because you've got to find a way to win" he closed.

Watch the full presser, below:

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!?

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It's up to them if the Broncos will be successful in the tournament.

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