The Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences will continue their inter league pairings for the second straight year. This time there will be five games played at the Mountain West schools arenas and four at Missouri Valley schools. All nine Mountain West schools will participate and Missouri State will sit out this year for the ten team MVC.
Last year the Missouri won the inaugural challenge 5-4. All four teams that were victorious for the Mountain West later appeared in the NCAA tournament: San Diego State, BYU, UNLV and New Mexico. This a great way for both conferences to schedule quality opponents and build a rivalry between two mid major basketball conferences.
Several games will be played on December 1st and the final games will be completed over the weekend.
Full pairings are listed after the jump:
2010 CHALLENGE DATES Series Records
Dec. 1 BYU at Creighton (BYU leads, 5-3; last meeting 12/7/2002)
Dec. 1 Drake at Colorado State (CSU leads, 5-4; last meeting 12/4/2004)
Dec. 1 New Mexico at Southern Illinois (First meeting)
Dec. 1 UNLV at Illinois State (UNLV leads, 2-1; last meeting 1/13/1978)
Dec. 4 Indiana State at Wyoming (Wyoming leads, 2-1; last 12/30/2003)
Dec. 4 UNI at TCU (First meeting)
Dec. 4 Utah at Bradley (Utah leads, 3-2; last meeting 12/4/1992)
Dec. 4 Wichita State at San Diego State (WSU leads, 5-0; last 12/4/1976)
Dec. 5 Evansville at Air Force (UE leads, 1-0; only meeting 12/29/1977)
Winning the challenge would be a nice boost for the Mountain West. If any of the teams that lost last year: CSU, Wyoming, TCU or Air Force can pull off the win it would be go a long ways. This challenge is schedule to continue for another two years but it will have a different look as the Mountain West will have just eight schools next year and then move back up to nine in 2012.
Wyoming played Northern Iowa close for the first half last year though eventually lost 72-54. A win over the Fighting Sycamores of Indiana State would be a big boost for the Pokes this year.