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MW-MVC 2012 men's basketball pairings announced

Apr 23, 2012 - UW Sports Information

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Mountain West and Missouri Valley conferences have announced next season's pairings for the MW/MVC Challenge Series in men's basketball.

The agreement between the MW and MVC is in the final year of a four-year term. In each of the first two years, the Challenge featured head-to-head competition between nine Mountain West and nine Missouri Valley teams, while last year's Challenge consisted of eight games. Nine matchups will make up the 2012 Challenge, with Mountain West teams hosting four of the contests. Seven of the nine games will take place the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4 while the remaining two contests are scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 19. Bradley will be the MVC team that does not participate in the 2012 Challenge Series.

The Mountain West won the 2010 Challenge, 8-1, and holds a 16-10 lead in the first three years of the series after the two conferences split last year's matchups, 4-4. Last season, the leagues combined for six NCAA tournament appearances, which included second-round wins by New Mexico and Creighton. Overall, the two conferences earned a collective 13 postseason berths and seven postseason victories in 2011-12.

The Mountain West has ranked among the Top 9 in the NCAA's final RPI report in 12 of the last 13 years, including two straight No. 5 rankings, while the Valley has been among the Top 9 in seven of the last eight seasons. Teams from the two leagues have squared off 67 times since the inception of the Mountain West in 1999, with MW squads holding a 38-29 edge in those contests.

The Mountain West and Missouri Valley combined to place nine teams in the Top 100 of the RPI last season, including six in the Top 50. Two teams (Creighton-21; New Mexico-23) finished in the 2011-12 final USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches' poll, while three more (San Diego State, UNLV, Wichita State) joined the Bluejays and Lobos in the final Associated Press poll released prior to the NCAA tournament.

About the Mountain West Conference

From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the MW continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level and foster academic achievement and sportsmanship. Mountain West membership in 2012-13 will include the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, UNLV and University of Wyoming.

About the Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference continues to lead by example as one of college athletics' most progressive conferences. The Valley emphasizes the importance of the student-athlete and is aggressive in its approach to provide opportunities for its member institutions. Founded in 1907, the Missouri Valley Conference (www.mvc-sports.com) is the nation's second-oldest NCAA Division I conference and continues to be a leader in college athletics. League members include Bradley University, Creighton University, Drake University, the University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Missouri State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University, and Wichita State University.

2012 CHALLENGE DATES, Series Records

Nov. 17 - San Diego State at Missouri State, Series tied, 2-2; last meeting 3/14/07

Nov. 28 - Boise State at Creighton, First meeting

Nov. 28 - Fresno State at Southern Illinois, SIU leads, 1-0; only meeting 3/9/66

Dec. 1 - Wichita State at Air Force, WSU leads, 1-0; only meeting 1/26/63

Dec. 1 - Evansville at Colorado State, First meeting

Dec. 1 - Drake at Nevada, Drake leads, 3-0; last meeting 12/16/69

Dec. 1 - New Mexico at Indiana State, First meeting

Dec. 4 - Wyoming at Illinois State, UW leads, 1-0; only meeting 12/28/85

Dec. 19 - UNI at UNLV, UNI leads, 0-1; only meeting 3/18/10

2011 CHALLENGE RESULTS (Tied, 4-4)

Nov. 30 - Creighton 85, San Diego State 83

Dec. 3 - Drake 62, Air Force 60

Dec. 3 - Boise State 74, Indiana State 65

Dec. 3 - UNI 83, Colorado State 77

Dec. 3 - New Mexico 76, Missouri State 60

Dec. 3 - TCU 70, Evansville 68 (OT)

Dec. 3 - Wyoming 66, Bradley 49

Dec. 4 - Wichita State 89, UNLV 70

2010 CHALLENGE RESULTS (MW won, 8-1)

Dec. 1 - Colorado State 78, Drake 67

Dec. 1 - BYU 77, Creighton 65

Dec. 1 - New Mexico 74, Southern Illinois 59

Dec. 1 - UNLV 82, Illinois State 51

Dec. 4 - UNI 64, TCU 60

Dec. 4 - Wyoming 81, Indiana State 51

Dec. 4 - Utah 68, Bradley 60

Dec. 4 - San Diego State 83, Wichita State 69

Dec. 5 - Air Force 57, Evansville 56

2009 CHALLENGE RESULTS (MVC won, 5-4

Nov. 13 - BYU 70, Bradley 60

Nov. 20 - Indiana State 65, Colorado State 60

Nov. 21 - UNLV 78, Southern Illinois 69

Dec. 5 - Missouri State 58, Air Force 48

Dec. 12 - Wichita State 80, TCU 68

Dec. 19 - New Mexico 66, Creighton 61

Dec. 19 - Illinois State 73, Utah 63

Dec. 22 - San Diego State 76, Drake 73

Dec. 23 - UNI 72, Wyoming 54

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