Boise State head coach Leon Rice has all the leverage in the world when it comes to team and player discipline.
Rice made the bold move to suspend four players prior to last week’s showdown with the previously undefeated Wyoming Cowboys. Despite the suspensions, the Broncos made a big-time statement, stunning Wyoming on their home court and at the buzzer to beat.
Now, with another pivotal, Mountain West Conference showdown approaching this Wednesday, Rice has made the decision to reinstate three of the four suspended Broncos.
Derrick Marks, Mikey Thompson, and Darrious Hamilton will all return to the court on Wednesday night when Boise State takes on New Mexico. The Broncos have had the past week off since shocking Wyoming and will have nearly their entire roster at their disposal when the Lobos come to town.
Boise State has put themselves in quite the spot after last week’s win and could be looking like quite the dark horse candidate in the MWC. A stacked and competitive league that has many college basketball fans following along, will certainly send multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament in March. At this point, it’s just a matter of how many and all of a sudden, Boise State is on that cusp.
The Broncos enter Wednesday’s match-up with an overall mark of 13-2. A home game against the Lobos is the prime opportunity to stake their case early on in conference play, as they search for the 2-0 start within the league.
Marks, who leads the team at 16.3 points per game, is the biggest name to return to a Boise State lineup that has not lost a game since Dec. 5.
Tip-off against New Mexico is scheduled for 9:00pm (EST) on Wednesday.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS