NCAA Basketball Rankings Continue to Snub Boise State
What we think should be an easy decision for most college basketball pollsters just isn't coming out that way on the other end these days--it's a Boise State conspiracy!
Last year, Boise State made an insane run on the basketball court. The men's team, which traditionally has either been bad or "just OK", made a run into the March Madness tournament bracket and for the first time in a long time, the city had basketball fever. This program has been on an upward trajectory for some time--led by Leon Rice who came to Boise from powerhouse Gonzaga University, the Broncos had been to the dance before and have made plenty of NIT appearances.
It's tough for any program at Boise State, regardless of their record or total wins, to steal the spotlight from a football team that frankly, isn't what it once was.
Leon Rice and his team are proving once again this season that last year wasn't a "one-off" but a foundation for something better--and now, Boise State is finding itself towards the top of the Mountain West and really, the nation.
Basketball geeks will know that the 'Net Rankings' are--and there, Boise State ranks 22nd in the nation. That's huge.
At the end of the day, however, it's the old-school AP Top 25 that will remain the gold standard, universal language for ranking the best college programs and in that regard, Boise State continues to get snubbed!
The team only has 5 losses on the season and has some impressive wins, too. Is this a symptom of the "experts" thinking Boise State is just a football school or have they not spent enough time watching the Broncos to really know? They're receiving votes--which technically puts them at about #33, ahead of major programs like Duke, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.
A win over ranked San Diego State in the coming days and a pesky New Mexico could be exactly what the Broncos need! We're rooting for a ranked team going into March!
While football gets all of the credit, we're still shouting Leon Rice's name from the mountain top!
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