The Missouri Valley Conference and the Mountain West Conference have announced next season’s pairings for the Challenge Series between the two conferences. Nine of the 10 games will take place on the same date (Dec. 3, 2016). The agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley conferences is in the second year of a four-year term.
Evansville, who earned an 85-77 win over Fresno State in this year’s series, will face Boise State on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Ford Center.
This year, the Mountain West Conference won the series, 6-4, with the final games being played this past Sunday. The MW has an all-time series edge of 3-1-1 in five previous Challenge seasons, which includes an overall advantage of 28-17 in games played in association with the series.
2016 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Date -- Matchup -- Location
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- San Diego State at Loyola -- Chicago, IL
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- Indiana State at Utah State -- Logan, UT
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- UNI at Wyoming -- Laramie, WY
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- Boise State at Evansville -- Evansville, IN
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- Missouri State at Air Force -- Colorado Springs, CO
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- Wichita State at Colorado State -- At Fort Collins, CO
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- Nevada at Bradley -- At Peoria, IL
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- New Mexico at Illinois State -- At Normal, IL
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- Fresno State at Drake -- At Des Moines, IA
Monday, Dec. 19 -- Southern Illinois at UNLV -- Las Vegas, NV
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.