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