Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport Basketball
Conference Big Sky Conference
Number of teams 12 (since 2016)
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Reno Events Center
Current location Reno, Nevada
Played 1976–present
Last contest 2015
Current champion Eastern Washington
Most championships Montana, Weber State (9)
Official website Men's Basketball
Host stadiums
Campus sites (1976-2015)
Reno Events Center (2016-present)
Host locations
Campus sites (1976-2015)
Reno, Nevada (2016-present)

The Big Sky Conference's men’s basketball tournament has existed since 1976. The winner of the tournament receives The Big Sky's automatic bid into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Through the 2015 edition, the top eight teams in conference play participated in the conference tournament, held at the home venue of the regular-season champion. If two or more teams tie for the regular-season title, all are declared co-champions, but hosting rights were determined by a tiebreaker procedure. Beginning with the 2016 tournament, all full conference members (currently 12) will participate, and the tournament will be held at a predetermined site, initially at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

From 1964–1975, no tournament was played; the team with the best record at the end of the season advanced to the NCAA tournament. Before 2016, when the tournament moved to a predetermined neutral site, all games were played on the home court of the higher seed.

History of the Tournament Finals[edit]

Year Champions Score Runner-Up MVP Venue
1976 Boise State 77–70* Weber State Jimmie Watts, Weber State Wildcat Gym (Ogden, UT)
1977 Idaho State 61–55 Weber State Ed Thompson, Idaho State ISU Minidome (Pocatello, ID)
1978 Weber State 62–55 Montana Bruce Collins, Weber State Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
1979 Weber State 92–70 Northern Arizona Bruce Collins, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1980 Weber State 50–42 Montana Bruce Collins, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1981 Idaho 70–64 Montana Ken Owens, Idaho Kibbie Dome (Moscow, ID)
1982 Idaho 85–80 Nevada Ken Owens, Idaho Kibbie Dome (Moscow, ID)
1983 Weber State 87–78 Nevada Ken Green, Nevada Centennial Coliseum (Reno, NV)
1984 Nevada 71–69 Montana Curtis High, Nevada Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1985 Nevada 79–63 Idaho State Dwayne Randall, Nevada BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1986 Montana State 82–77 Montana Tony Hampton, Montana State Lawlor Events Center (Reno, NV)
1987 Idaho State 92–81 Nevada Jim Rhode, Idaho State Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
1988 Boise State 63–61 Montana State Chris Childs, Boise State Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (Bozeman, MT)
1989 Idaho 59–52 Boise State Riley Smith, Idaho BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1990 Idaho 65–62 Eastern Washington Riley Smith, Idaho BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1991 Montana 76–68 Idaho Kevin Kearney, Montana Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
1992 Montana 73–68 Nevada Delvon Anderson, Montana Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
1993 Boise State 80–68 Idaho Tanoka Beard, Boise State Kibbie Dome (Moscow, ID)
1994 Boise State 85–81 Idaho State Shambric Williams, Boise State BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1995 Weber State 84–62 Montana Ruben Nembhard, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1996 Montana State 81–70 Weber State Danny Sprinkle, Montana State Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (Bozeman, MT)
1997 Montana 82–79 Cal State Northridge Trenton Cross, Cal State Northridge Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
1998 Northern Arizona 77–50 Montana State Dan McClintock, Northern Arizona Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
1999 Weber State 82–75 Northern Arizona Eddie Gill, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2000 Northern Arizona 85–81* Cal State Northridge Ross Land, Northern Arizona Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
2001 Cal State Northridge 73–58 Eastern Washington Brian Heinle, Cal State Northridge Matadome (Northridge, CA)
2002 Montana 70–66 Eastern Washington Dan Trammel, Montana Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (Bozeman, MT)
2003 Weber State 60–57 Eastern Washington Jermaine Boyette, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2004 Eastern Washington 71–59 Northern Arizona Brendon Merritt, Eastern Washington Reese Court (Cheney, WA)
2005 Montana 63–61 Weber State Kamarr Davis, Montana Memorial Coliseum (Portland, OR)
2006 Montana 73–60 Northern Arizona Virgil Matthews, Montana Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
2007 Weber State 88–80 Northern Arizona David Patten, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2008 Portland State 67–51 Northern Arizona Deonte Huff, Portland State Rose Garden (Portland, OR)
2009 Portland State 79–77 Montana State Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2010 Montana 66–65 Weber State Anthony Johnson, Montana Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2011 Northern Colorado 65–60 Montana Devon Beitzel, Northern Colorado Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (Greeley, CO)
2012 Montana 85–66 Weber State Kareem Jamar, Montana Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
2013 Montana 67–64 Weber State Kareem Jamar, Montana Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
2014 Weber State 88–67 North Dakota Davion Berry, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2015 Eastern Washington 69–65 Montana Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)

Performance By School[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
1991, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013
Weber State
1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2014
Boise State¹
1976, 1988, 1993, 1994
1981, 1982, 1989, 1990
1984, 1985
Idaho State
1977, 1987
Northern Arizona
1998, 2000
Montana State
1986, 1996
Portland State
2008, 2009
Eastern Washington
2004, 2015
Northern Colorado
Cal State Northridge¹

¹no longer a conference member

See also[edit]