Saluki Men’s Basketball to host San Jose State in MVC-Mountain West Challenge Game

The Southern Illinois men’s basketball team will host San Jose State on Dec. 2 as part of the Missouri Valley Conference-Mountain West Challenge series. The game will mark the first meeting between the schools.

San Jose State returns three starters from last year’s team that finished 14-16, including a 7-11 mark in league play, in which the Spartans tied for eighth place. SIU also returns three starters from a club that finished 17-16, including a 9-9 record in Valley play. The Salukis tied with Northern Iowa for third place.

The agreement between the two conferences is in the third year of a four-year term. Last year, the leagues split 10 games, 5-5. In six previous Challenge seasons, the Mountain West has a 33-22 advantage. Annual matchups for the teams 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. Each season is considered separately in terms of matchups, therefore, games from the previous year’s Challenge may not be returned.

Southern Illinois is 2-3 all-time in the Challenge series with wins over Air Force and Fresno State, and losses to UNLV, New Mexico and Nevada.

2017 MVC-Mountain West Challenge

Tuesday, N28 Loyola at Boise State Boise, ID
Tuesday, N28 Utah State at Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN
Tuesday, N28 Colorado State at Missouri State Springfield, MO
Wednesday, N29 UNLV at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
Wednesday, N29 Air Force at Indiana State Terre Haute, IN
Wednesday, N29 Illinois State at Nevada Reno, NV
Wednesday, N29 Evansville at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, D2 San Jose State at Southern Illinois Carbondale, IL
Saturday, D2 Drake at Wyoming Laramie, WY
Sunday, D3 Bradley at San Diego State San Diego, CA