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Breaking: Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge matchups announced

The MWC/MVC Challenge matchups are released.

NCAA Basketball: Wichita State at Colorado State Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge matchups were released Monday morning, per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Here is the list of matchups, with (H) marked next to the home team.

2017 MWC/MVC Challenge Matchups

Missouri Valley 2016-17 Record Mountain West 2016-17 Record
Missouri Valley 2016-17 Record Mountain West 2016-17 Record
Southern Illinois (H) 17-16 San Jose State 14-16
Indiana State (H) 11-20 Air Force 12-21
Bradley 13-20 San Diego State (H) 19-14
Missouri State (H) 17-16 Colorado State 24-12
Northern Iowa (H) 14-16 UNLV 11-21
Illinois State 28-7 Nevada (H) 28-7
Drake 7-24 Wyoming (H) 23-15
Valparaiso (H) 24-9 Utah State 15-17
Evansville 16-17 New Mexico (H) 17-14
Loyola (IL) 18-14 Boise State (H) 20-12

Fresno State, despite finishing last season with a 20-13 record and fourth in the Mountain West, will reportedly not participate in the event. The last place team in the Mountain West has typically been forced to miss the MWC/MVC Challenge.

Wichita State, which has notched seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, left the Missouri Valley earlier this year. Ex-Horizon League member Valparaiso takes its place. Valpo will host Utah State.

Illinois State and Nevada might be the most intriguing matchup at first glance. The RedBirds fell just short of picking up a tournament bid last season despite a very impressive season. Both ISU and Nevada finished last season with a 28-7 record.

San Diego State, which will look to rebound from a lackluster 2016-17 season, will hope to avenge last year’s MWC/MVC nightmare. The Aztecs fell to Loyola (IL) in a trap game back in early December.

Dates, tip times and TV arrangements are yet to be announced. Last season’s challenge ran from late November to early December.