Mountain West–Missouri Valley Challenge

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The Mountain West – Missouri Valley Challenge is an in-season NCAA college basketball series, matching up teams from the Mountain West Conference and the Missouri Valley Conference. The series began in November 2009 and featured all of the MW teams against most of the MVC teams.[1]

The two conferences agreed to a four-year deal, extending the challenge through 2012.[2] The challenge was not extended beyond its original term and ended after 2012.[3]

The MW–MVC Challenge occurred from late November through December. The games were hosted by each of the schools. The first two series had nine games played each year, leaving one team from the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference without an opponent. In 2011, only eight games were played, leaving two teams from the Missouri Valley Conference without an opponent.

It was announced on April 2, 2015, that the conferences would renew the series after a 2-year absence.[4] Since the MW now has 11 members to the MVC's 10, all MVC members will compete in the renewed series, with one MW team sitting out.

Team records[edit]

Mountain West Conference (2–1–1)[edit]

Institution Wins Loss
Air Force Falcons 1 3
Boise State Broncos 2 0
BYU Cougars* 2 0
Colorado State Rams 2 2
Fresno State Bulldogs 0 1
New Mexico Lobos 4 0
Nevada Wolf Pack 0 1
San Diego State Aztecs 3 1
San Jose State Spartans 0 0
TCU Horned Frogs* 1 2
UNLV Runnin' Rebels 3 1
Utah Utes* 1 1
Utah State Aggies 0 0
Wyoming Cowboys 3 1
Overall 22 13

*School that has since left the MW.

Missouri Valley Conference (1–2–1)[edit]

Institution Wins Loss
Bradley Braves 0 3
Creighton Bluejays* 1 3
Drake Bulldogs 2 2
Evansville Purple Aces 0 4
Illinois State Redbirds 1 2
Indiana State Sycamores 1 3
Loyola Chicago Ramblers 0 0
Missouri State Bears 1 2
Northern Iowa Panthers 3 1
Southern Illinois Salukis 1 2
Wichita State Shockers 3 1
Overall 13 22

*School that has since left the MVC.



Date MVC team MW team Score Location MVC MWC
Nov 13 Bradley BYU 70–60 Provo, UT X
Nov 20 Indiana State Colorado State 65–60 Terre Haute, IN X
Nov 21 Southern Illinois UNLV 78–69 Las Vegas, NV X
Dec 5 Missouri State Air Force 58–48 Springfield, MO X
Dec 12 Wichita State TCU 80–68 Wichita, KS X
Dec 19 Creighton New Mexico 66–61 Albuquerque, NM X
Dec 19 Illinois State Utah 73–63 Salt Lake City, UT X
Dec 22 Drake San Diego State 76–73 OT Des Moines, IA X
Dec 23 Northern Iowa Wyoming 72–54 Cedar Falls, IA X
Result 5 4

Notes: Evansville, by virtue of finishing the 2007–08 MVC regular season in 10th place, did not participate in the 2009 Challenge.


Date MVC team MWC team Score Location MVC MWC
Dec 1 Creighton BYU 77–65 Omaha, NE X
Dec 1 Drake Colorado State 78–67 Fort Collins, CO X
Dec 1 Southern Illinois New Mexico 74–59 Carbondale, IL X
Dec 1 Illinois State UNLV 82–51 Normal, IL X
Dec 4 Indiana State Wyoming 81–51 Laramie, WY X
Dec 4 Northern Iowa TCU 64–60 Fort Worth, TX X
Dec 4 Bradley Utah 68–60 Peoria, IL X
Dec 4 Wichita State San Diego State 83–69 San Diego, CA X
Dec 5 Evansville Air Force 57–56 Colorado Springs, CO X
Result 1 8

Note: Northern Iowa was the only MVC team that was 2-0 in the challenge through 2 years.


Date MVC team MWC team Score Location MVC MWC
Nov 30 #22 Creighton San Diego State 85–83 San Diego, CA X
Dec 3 Drake Air Force 62–60 Des Moines, IA X
Dec 3 Indiana State Boise State 74–65 Boise, ID X
Dec 3 Northern Iowa Colorado State 83–77 Cedar Falls, IA X
Dec 3 Missouri State New Mexico 76–60 Albuquerque, NM X
Dec 3 Evansville TCU 70–68 Evansville, IN X
Dec 3 Bradley Wyoming 66–49 Laramie, WY X
Dec 4 Wichita State #20 UNLV 89–70 Wichita, KS X
Result 4 4
  • The Mountain West Conference had two member schools leave the conference (BYU and Utah) and added Boise State, leaving the MW with 8 member schools allowing for a 4–4 tie in the series in 2011.


Date MVC team MWC team Score Location MVC MWC
Nov 17 Missouri State #23 San Diego State 60–44 Springfield, MO X
Nov 28 #11 Creighton Boise State 83–70 Omaha, NE X
Nov 28 Southern Illinois Fresno State 57–54 Carbondale, IL X
Nov 30 Drake Nevada 76–66 Reno, NV X
Dec 1 Evansville Colorado State 79–72 Fort Collins, CO X
Dec 1 Indiana State #25 New Mexico 77–68 OT Terre Haute, IN X
Dec 2 Wichita State Air Force 72–69 Colorado Springs, CO X
Dec 4 Illinois State Wyoming 81–67 Normal, IL X
Dec 19 Northern Iowa #21 UNLV 73–59 Las Vegas, NV X
Result 3 6
  • The Mountain West Conference had one member school leave the conference (TCU) and added Nevada and Fresno St, is back with a 9 member schools.


Date Time MVC team MWC team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Fri., Nov. 13 6:00 PM Southern Illinois Air Force SIU ArenaCarbondale, IL ESPN3 4,759 Southern Illinois 77-75 Missouri Valley
8:00 PM Illinois State San Diego State Viejas ArenaSan Diego, CA ESPN3 12,414 San Diego State 71-61 Tie
Sat., Nov. 14 10:00 AM Northern Iowa Colorado State McLeod CenterCedar Falls, IA ESPN3 4,455 Colorado State 84-78 Mountain West
Mon., Nov. 16 5:00 PM Indiana State Wyoming Hulman CenterTerre Haute, IN ESPN3 3601 Indiana State 70-55 Tie
Wed., Nov. 18 7:00 PM Loyola–Chicago New Mexico The PitAlbuquerque, NM Root Sports 11,951 New Mexico 75-51 Mountain West
Tue., Dec. 1 6:00 PM Missouri State Utah State JQH ArenaSpringfield, MO
Wed., Dec. 2 6:00 PM Wichita State UNLV Charles Koch ArenaWichita, KS ESPN2
Sat., Dec. 12 5:00 PM Drake Nevada Lawlor Events CenterReno, NV
Sun., Dec. 20 12:00 PM Bradley Boise State Taco Bell ArenaBoise, ID Root Sports
2:00 PM Evansville Fresno State Save Mart CenterFresno, CA
Game Times in MST. Home team is italicized.
San Jose State will not participate due its last-place finish in the Mountain West in 2014–15.


  1. ^ "Valley and Mountain West Announce Challenge Series". October 28, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Missouri Valley, MWC to start basketball series". Las Vegas Review-Journal. January 15, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff (May 16, 2012). "Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge won't showcase top teams". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "MVC and Mountain West Renew Challenge Series". April 2, 2015.