Boise State's men's basketball team is currently preparing for one of its toughest-ever road trips, and it will have another one in 2015.
The Broncos will play at Arizona next season, coach Leon Rice confirmed Thursday. Boise State also was announced as one of eight teams in the Wooden Legacy, a tournament played in Orange County on Nov. 26, 27 and 29, 2015. The other teams will be Arizona, Michigan State, Providence, Boston College, Santa Clara, UC Irvine and Evansville.
Next season's game in Tucson will be a non-bracketed Wooden Legacy game, to be played within two weeks before or after the tournament in California. It means the Wildcats will then be on the other side of the bracket to reduce the chances the teams play each other twice. Arizona is currently ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25. They have reached the Sweet Sixteen in four of the last six NCAA Tournaments.
On Saturday, the Broncos play at No. 3 Wisconsin (8 p.m., Big Ten Network). If Arizona is ranked in the top five when the two teams meet, it will mark three straight seasons the Broncos have faced a top-five team — they played then-No. 5 San Diego State in Boise last season. It also will be another tough road matchup in nonconference play: Boise State has played or will play at Creighton and Michigan State in 2012, Kentucky in 2013, Wisconsin in 2014 and Arizona in 2015.