DENVER – The Summit League and Western Athletic Conference today announced the matchups and dates for the first year of The Summit League/WAC Challenge in men's basketball.
The Challenge features head-to-head competition between all nine teams. Matchups were set based upon factors including the previous year's achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings in the upcoming season. Those teams with home games in 2018 will play on the road in 2019 and vice versa. In addition, teams won't face the same opponent in back-to-back years.
"The Summit League/WAC challenge was established primarily to assist institutions in both conferences with non-conference scheduling," WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. "Further, it should provide exciting matchups for the fans."
The complete list of 2018 matchups and times is below.
|Nov. 6||Grand Canyon at South Dakota State||7 p.m. CT|
|Nov. 6||North Dakota State at NM State||7:30 p.m. MT|
|Nov. 13||California Baptist at Oral Roberts||7 p.m. CT|
|Dec. 1||Kansas City at Purdue Fort Wayne||2 p.m. ET|
|Dec. 1||CSU Bakersfield at South Dakota||3:30 p.m. CT|
|Dec. 1||Denver at Utah Valley||7 p.m. MT|
|Dec. 5||North Dakota at UT Rio Grande Valley||7 p.m. CT|
|Dec. 6||Omaha at Seattle U||7 p.m. PT|
|Dec. 20||Chicago State at Western Illinois||2 p.m. CT|
In addition, the matchups for the 2019-20 season were announced with times and dates to be determined. Those are: South Dakota at California Baptist; South Dakota State at CSU Bakersfield; Oral Roberts at Chicago State; Purdue Fort Wayne at Grand Canyon; Western Illinois at Kansas City; NM State at Denver; Seattle U at North Dakota; UT Rio Grande Valley at Omaha; and Utah Valley at North Dakota State.