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 are competing in the renewed series, with one MW team sitting out.

Team records[edit]

Mountain West Conference (3–1–1)[edit]

Institution Wins Loss
Air Force Falcons 1 3
Boise State Broncos 3 0
BYU Cougars* 2 0
Colorado State Rams 2 2
Fresno State Bulldogs 0 1
New Mexico Lobos 4 0
Nevada Wolf Pack 1 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 1 0
Wyoming Cowboys 3 1
Overall 27 15

*School that has since left the MW.

Missouri Valley Conference (1–3–1)[edit]

Institution Wins Loss
Bradley Braves 0 3
Creighton Bluejays* 2 3
Drake Bulldogs 2 2
Evansville Purple Aces 0 4
Illinois State Redbirds 1 3
Indiana State Sycamores 2 3
Loyola Chicago Ramblers 0 1
Missouri State Bears 1 3
Northern Iowa Panthers 3 2
Southern Illinois Salukis 2 2
Wichita State Shockers 4 1
Overall 15 26

*School that has since left the MVC.



Date MVC team Score MWC team Location Challenge
Nov 13 Bradley 60–70 BYU Provo, UT MWC (1–0)
Nov 20 Indiana State 65–60 Colorado State Terre Haute, IN Tie (1–1)
Nov 21 Southern Illinois 69–78 UNLV Las Vegas, NV MWC (2–1)
Dec 5 Missouri State 58–48 Air Force Springfield, MO Tie (2–2)
Dec 12 Wichita State 80–68 TCU Wichita, KS MVC (3–2)
Dec 19 Creighton 66–61 New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Tie (3–3)
Dec 19 Illinois State 73–63 Utah Salt Lake City, UT MVC (4–3)
Dec 22 Drake 76–73 (OT) San Diego State Des Moines, IA Tie (4–4)
Dec 23 Northern Iowa 72–54 Wyoming Cedar Falls, IA MVC (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 Score MWC team Location Challenge
Dec 1 Creighton 65–77 BYU Omaha, NE MWC (1–0)
Dec 1 Drake 67–78 Colorado State Fort Collins, CO MWC (2–0)
Dec 1 Southern Illinois 59–74 New Mexico Carbondale, IL MWC (3–0)
Dec 1 Illinois State 51–82 UNLV Normal, IL MWC (4–0)
Dec 4 Indiana State 51–81 Wyoming Laramie, WY MWC (5–0)
Dec 4 Northern Iowa 64–60 TCU Fort Worth, TX MWC (5–1)
Dec 4 Bradley 60–68 Utah Peoria, IL MWC (6–1)
Dec 4 Wichita State 69–83 San Diego State San Diego, CA MWC (7–1)
Dec 5 Evansville 56–57 Air Force Colorado Springs, CO MWC (8–1)


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 leave the conference (TCU) and added Nevada and Fresno State, returning to 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 (1–0)
8:00 PM Illinois State San Diego State Viejas ArenaSan Diego, CA ESPN3 12,414 San Diego State 71–61 Tie (1–1)
Sat., Nov. 14 10:00 AM Northern Iowa Colorado State McLeod CenterCedar Falls, IA ESPN3 4,455 Colorado State 84–78 Mountain West (2–1)
Mon., Nov. 16 5:00 PM Indiana State Wyoming Hulman CenterTerre Haute, IN ESPN3 3,601 Indiana State 70–55 Tie (2–2)
Wed., Nov. 18 7:00 PM Loyola–Chicago New Mexico The PitAlbuquerque, NM Root Sports 11,951 New Mexico 75–51 Mountain West (3–2)
Tue., Dec. 1 6:00 PM Missouri State Utah State JQH ArenaSpringfield, MO ESPN3 3,694 Utah State 69–68 Mountain West (4–2)
Wed., Dec. 9 6:00 PM Wichita State UNLV Charles Koch ArenaWichita, KS ESPN2 10,506 Wichita State 56–50 Mountain West (4–3)
Sat., Dec. 12 5:00 PM Drake Nevada Lawlor Events CenterReno, NV 5,541 Nevada 79–71 Mountain West (5–3)
Sun., Dec. 20 12:00 PM Bradley Boise State Taco Bell ArenaBoise, ID Root Sports 4,405 Boise State 90–70 Mountain West (6–3)
2:00 PM Evansville Fresno State Save Mart CenterFresno, CA 5,251 Evansville 85–77 Mountain West (6–4)
Game Times in MST. Home team is italicized.
San Jose State did not participate due to its last-place finish in the Mountain West in 2014–15.
  • Between the 2012 and 2015 Challenges, the following changes in conference membership took place:
    • Creighton left the MVC for the reconfigured Big East Conference in 2013, and was replaced by Loyola. This maintained the MVC at 10 members.
    • The MW added San Jose State and Utah State in 2013, expanding to 11 all-sports members.


Date Time MVC team MWC team Location Television Attendance Winner Challenge
Sat., Dec. 3 2:00 PM Loyola–Chicago San Diego State Joseph J. Gentile ArenaChicago, IL ESPN3 2,189 Loyola-Chicago Missouri Valley 1-0
7:00 PM Indiana State Utah State Smith SpectrumLogan, UT n/a Indiana State Missouri Valley 2-0
1:00 PM Northern Iowa Wyoming Arena-AuditoriumLaramie, WY MWN n/a Wyoming Missouri Valley 2-1
12:00 PM Evansville Boise State Ford CenterEvansville, IN ESPN3 n/a Evansville Missouri Valley 3-1
7:00 PM Missouri State Air Force Clune ArenaColorado Springs, CO n/a Air Force Missouri Valley 3-2
3:00 PM Wichita State Colorado State Moby ArenaFort Collins, CO CBSSN n/a Wichita State Missouri Valley 4-2
6:00 PM Bradley Nevada Carver ArenaPeoria, IL CSN+ n/a Nevada Missouri Valley 4-3
6:00 PM Illinois State New Mexico Redbird ArenaNormal, IL CSN Chicago+ 6,056 Illinois State Missouri Valley 5-3
1:00 PM Drake Fresno State Knapp CenterDes Moines, IA MC22 n/a Fresno State Missouri Valley 5-4
Mon., Dec. 19 8:00 PM Southern Illinois UNLV Thomas & Mack CenterParadise, NV n/a UNLV Tied 5-5
Game Times in MST. Home team is italicized.
San Jose State will not participate due to its last-place finish in the Mountain West in 2015–16.


  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.