Rod Couch

Boise State Bronco Basketball Team Will Face Evansville Purple Aces Next Season

With the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge barely completed, the two conferences wasted no time in setting the lineup for next season.

Colorado Springs, Colorado--The Boise State men's basketball team will travel to play Evansville next season in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge, the conferences announced today.  It will be the second in a four-year arrangement between the leagues.

Boise State will play Evansville December 3, 2016.  The two teams have met once before, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 College Basketball Invitational.  Boise State won 75-69 at Taco Bell Arena.

Evansville defeated Fresno State 85-77 Sunday in the final game of this season's Challenge.

Boise State is 3-0 all-time in the Challenge, defeating Indiana State 74-65 in 2011, #11 Creighton 83-70 in 2012 and Bradley this season, 90-70.

The Mountain West has won three of five previous Challenges, with one ending in a tie.  Overall, the MW holds a 28-17 advantage in games played in association with the series.  The Challenge Series featured head-to-head competition between teams in the two conferences.  


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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