CHICAGO - The Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball team will play at Boise State on November 28 as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge Series during the 2017-18 season it was announced today. Loyola is 1-1 in Challenge Series contests, with a victory over San Diego State last season.
The Challenge Series features head-to-head competition between 10 Mountain West and 10 Missouri Valley teams annually, with each conference hosting five games apiece each season.
Annual matchups for teams in the Challenge Series are based upon factors including the previous year’s achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings/strength of teams in the upcoming season, based on composite sources.
Boise State is coming off of a 20-12 season in 2016-17 that culminated with a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Broncos, who are led by senior forward Chandler Hutchison (17.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg), posted a 12-6 mark in the Mountain West a year ago and reached the second round of the NIT before falling to Illinois.
Loyola went 18-14 in 2016-17 and returns three starters from last season’s squad, including Third Team All-MVC guard/forward Donte Ingram (13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and MVC Sixth Man of the Year Aundre Jackson (14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
The matchups for the 2017-18 Challenge Series are listed below.
Loyola at Boise State
Utah State at Valparaiso
Colorado State at Missouri State
UNLV at Northern Iowa
Air Force at Indiana State
Illinois State at Nevada
Evansville at New Mexico
San Jose State at Southern Illinois
Drake at Wyoming
Bradley at San Diego State