Spartans And Salukis To Battle In Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge

June 7, 2017

Mountain West Release

Colorado Springs, Colo. ---- The Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conference have announced next season’s pairings for the Challenge Series between the two conferences. San José State University will face Southern Illinois on the road on Saturday, December 2.

“We’re excited to be competing in this year’s Challenge Series,” said Spartans’ head coach Dave Wojcik. “This is our first time participating and we’re happy to begin our part in this new tradition where two very competitive leagues battle against each other.”

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.

It will be the first meeting between San José State and Southern Illinois. Last season the Salukis finished 17-16 overall and 9-9 in Valley play, ending in a tie for third place.

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.



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2017 MW-MVC Challenge Series:

Tuesday, November 28               Loyola (Chicago) at Boise State              Boise, Idaho

Tuesday, November 28               Utah State at Valparaiso                         Valparaiso, Indiana

Tuesday, November 28               Colorado State at Missouri State             Springfield, Missouri

Wednesday, November 29          UNLV at Northern Iowa                           Cedar Falls, Iowa

Wednesday, November 29          Air Force at Indiana State                       Terre Haute, Indiana

Wednesday, November 29          Illinois State at Nevada                          Reno, Nevada

Wednesday, November 29          Evansville at New Mexico                       Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saturday, December 2            San José State at Southern Illinois          Carbondale, Illinois

Saturday, December 2                Drake at Wyoming                                  Laramie, Wyoming

Sunday, December 3                  Bradley at San Diego State                     San Diego, California