Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice said Thursday that he wants to give his team "some high-level games" next season.
How about the potential No. 1 team in the nation?
Boise State has been in discussions with Kentucky to play a road game this fall against the Wildcats, a source close to the program told the Idaho Statesman on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because a contract has not been finalized.
When asked during a media briefing Thursday whether the Broncos were seeking to play a highly-ranked team on the road, Rice said, "We're going to get one for sure."
Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle, hired in December 2011, was previously the deputy director of athletics at Kentucky, where he worked with the basketball program.
Kentucky, the 2012 national champion, did not reach the NCAA Tournament this past season, but is already being mentioned as a favorite in 2014 after signing six of Rivals.com's top 20 incoming recruits.
The Broncos lose only one senior and return their top six scorers, making them a potential Top 25 and NCAA Tournament team. Rice noted that the November victory at then-No. 11 Creighton "was the gift that kept on giving" as the Broncos rode the tournament bubble and eventually made the NCAA field last month.
"We think we're going to have a pretty good team coming back, so we want to give them some high-level games and high-level opportunities," Rice said Thursday.
Boise State has never played a No. 1 ranked team, though the Broncos lost at No. 2 UCLA in 1978. Since 2000, they have played two top 10 teams, losing to No. 4 Kansas in 2000 and to No. 9 Washington State in 2007.