Broncos to Play at Evansville Next Year
Dec. 22, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State men’s basketball will travel to Evansville next season as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge, the conferences announced Tuesday when releasing the pairings for next season. Next season will be the second of a four-year deal between the leagues. The Mountain West won this year’s Challenge series 6-4, which was clinched by Boise State’s 90-70 victory Sunday, over Bradley.

Boise State will play at Evansville Dec. 3, 2016, which is the same day nine of the 10 Challenge games will be played next season. The Broncos and Purple Aces have met once previously, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 College Basketball Invitational. Boise State won 75-69, March 21, 2011, at Taco Bell Arena.

Evansville won at Fresno State 85-77 Sunday, in the final game of this season’s Challenge.

Boise State is 3-0 all-time in MW/MVC Challenge games. Prior to this year’s win against Bradley, the Broncos defeated Indiana State 74-65, Dec. 3, 2011, at Taco Bell Arena in their first year as a member of the Mountain West. Boise State won 83-70 at then-No. 11 Creighton Nov. 28, 2012, the highest-ranked opponent the Broncos have defeated in program history. Creighton is no longer a member of the MVC.

The MW has an all-time series edge of 3-1-1 in five previous Challenge seasons, including an overall advantage of 28-17 in games played in association with the series. The conference previously held a four-year series from 2009-10 through 2012-13, before renewing the Challenge prior to this season.

The Challenge Series features head-to-head competition between 10 Mountain West and 10 Missouri Valley teams annually, with each conference hosting five games apiece each season.

Annual matchups for teams in the Challenge Series 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. Each season will be considered separately in terms of matchups, therefore, games from the previous year’s Challenge Series may not be returned.

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.

Below are the matchups for the 2016 MW-MVC Challenge Series:

Date Matchup Location
Saturday, December 3 San Diego State at Loyola Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, December 3 Indiana State at Utah State Logan, Utah
Saturday, December 3 Northern Iowa at Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming
Saturday, December 3 Boise State at Evansville Evansville, Indiana
Saturday, December 3 Missouri State at Air Force Colorado Springs, Colorado
Saturday, December 3 Wichita State at Colorado State Fort Collins, Colorado
Saturday, December 3 Nevada at Bradley Peoria, Illinois
Saturday, December 3 New Mexico at Illinois State Normal, Illinois
Saturday, December 3 Fresno State at Drake Des Moines, Iowa
Monday, December 19 Southern Illinois at UNLV Las Vegas, Nevada

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