No. 11 Kentucky defeats Boise State 70-55; football coaching search chat

December 10, 2013 

It has been a wild week for Boise State athletics.

Football coach Chris Petersen, who led the Broncos to two Fiesta Bowl titles and 92 victories in 104 games over eight seasons, left the program for Washington on Friday, setting off a coaching search that now heating up.

The 8-0 men's basketball program, off to its best start in school history, visits No. 11 Kentucky for one of the biggest regular-season games in school history (7 p.m. MT, ESPN). The team, which earned the school's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament last year, returns its top six scorers from last year's team and has been hot to start the season. It is the Broncos' first basketball game on ESPN since 1999.

That was two years before Petersen arrived on campus as the Broncos' offensive coordinator. In his 13 seasons with the Broncos, Boise State produced the highest-scoring team in the country. Several candidates with ties to Boise State, including former head coach Dirk Koetter, former player and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and former defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox have emerged as candidates to replace Petersen.

Bronco Beat writer Chadd Cripe, Boise State men's basketball beat writer Dave Southorn and Idaho Statesman sports columnist Brian Murphy will be holding a chat throughout the Kentucky game — hoping to answer your basketball and football questions.

Boise State fell 70-55 to No. 11 Kentucky, shooting only 31.9 percent in the loss to the Wildcats. Anthony Drmic's 18 points paced Boise State.

At halftime, Boise State trails No. 11 Kentucky 41-31. The Wildcats, with a decided height advantage, have blocked five shots and are outrebounding the Broncos 23-12. Boise State, however, has forced nine turnovers. Anthony Drmic's 13 points lead the Broncos.

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