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CSU, Indiana State to meet next season

January 19, 2009

The Colorado State Rams will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., next season to take on the Indiana State Sycamores in the inaugural year of the Mountain West - Missouri Valley Conference Challenge Series. The game is set for Nov. 20 at the legendary Hulman Center on the Indiana State campus.

The Challenge will feature head-to-head competition between nine Mountain West and nine Missouri Valley teams annually for the next four seasons.

“The development of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge Series is a great step toward improving the strength of schedule of our programs and our overall ranking,” said MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Historically, both conferences send multiple teams to the NCAA tournament each year and the Challenge Series will showcase the outstanding basketball played by the teams in both leagues.”

The Rams and Sycamores have met on two previous occasions with both teams winning at home. CSU fell at Indiana State, 72-65, on Dec. 2, 1979 but beat the Sycamores, 65-59, on Dec. 30, 1981 at Moby Arena.

Indiana State has a rich basketball tradition and features some notable basketball alums including John Wooden (head coach from 1946-48) and Larry Bird, who led the Sycamores to a Division I national runner-up finish in the 1979 NCAA tournament. This season, the Sycamores are 4-13 (2-4 MVC) but only feature one senior on their roster.

2009 CHALLENGE DATES (Series Records)

Nov. 13 Bradley at BYU (BYU, 2-1, last met 12/17/77)
Nov. 20 Colorado State at Indiana State (tied, 1-1, last met 12/30/81)
Nov. 21 Southern Illinois at UNLV (UNLV, 2-1, last met 12/23/83)
Dec. 5 Air Force at Missouri State (first meeting)
Dec. 12 TCU at Wichita State (WSU, 5-2, last met 12/8/08)
Dec. 19 Creighton at New Mexico (UNM, 2-1, last met 11/16/08)
Dec. 19 Illinois State at Utah (first meeting)
Dec. 22 San Diego State at Drake (DU, 4-2, last met 11/25/77)
Dec. 23 Wyoming at Northern Iowa (UW, 3-0, last met 12/13/08)

FUTURE CHALLENGE DATES
2010 -- Nov. 27 - Dec. 4
2011 -- Nov. 26 - Dec. 3
2012 -- Nov. 24 - Dec. 1


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