Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge Renewed
April 2, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- The Mountain West and Missouri Valley conferences announced an agreement to renew the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge in men's basketball, beginning with the 2015-16 season. The revived Challenge Series will feature head-to-head competition between 10 schools from each conference, with each conference hosting five games each season.

Boise State will host Bradley in the first installment. The game will take place Sunday, Dec. 20, at Taco Bell Arena. Each season will be considered separately in terms of matchups, therefore, games from the previous year's Challenge may not be returned.

Annual matchups for teams in the Challenge will be based upon factors including the previous year's achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings/strength of teams in the upcoming season, based on composite sources.

Boise State enters next season as defending Mountain West regular season champions and a 2015 NCAA Tournament participant. Bradley will be under the direction of newly-appointed head coach Brian Wardle. The Braves finished 9-24 during the 2014-15 season, placing 10th in the MVC.

Television rights for each Challenge Series contest will be controlled by the home team's conference television agreement, which will dictate the distribution of the game and all related matters, including tip times.

The previous Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge ran from the 2009-10 through 2012-13 seasons, with the MW compiling a 22-13 record. At least three Mountain West teams advanced to the NCAA tournament each year during that four-year span, including a league-record five teams in 2013 and four in both 2010 and 2012. The MW's 16 overall NCAA tournament participants during that period mark the best four-year tally in the 16-year history of the league.

Boise State was 2-0 in its Challenge games. The Broncos defeated Indiana State 74-65, Dec. 3, 2011, at Taco Bell Arena in their first season as members of the Mountain West. During the last year of the Challenge Boise State won 83-70 at No. 11 Creighton, Nov. 28, 2012, the highest-ranked opponent the Broncos have defeated in school history. Creighton is no longer a member of the MVC.

In the 2015 Challenge series, games will be played across November and December as noted below. In future seasons, Challenge Series contests will primarily be played during a nine-day window beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Below are the matchups for the 2015 MW-MVC Challenge Series:

Date                                               Matchup                                                          Location
Friday, Nov. 13                                 Illinois State at San Diego State                         San Diego, Calif.
Friday, Nov. 13                                 Air Force at Southern Illinois                              Carbondale, Ill.
Saturday, Nov. 14                             Colorado State at UNI                                       Cedar Falls, Iowa
Monday, Nov. 16                               Wyoming at Indiana State                                  Terre Haute, Ind.
Wednesday, Nov. 18                          Loyola at New Mexico                                        Albuquerque, N.M.
Tuesday, Dec. 1                                Utah State at Missouri State                               Springfield, Mo.
Wednesday, Dec. 2                           UNLV at Wichita State                                         Wichita, Kan.
Saturday, Dec. 12                             Drake at Nevada                                                Reno, Nev.
Sunday, Dec. 20                              Bradley at Boise State                                   Boise, Idaho
Sunday, Dec. 20                                Evansville at Fresno State                                  Fresno, Calif.

 


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