LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball will face Davidson on the road in 2020 as part of the Mountain West/Atlantic 10 Challenge Series, as announced by the Mountain West on Thursday.
The Aggies will be the first of 10 games in the series, facing the Wildcats on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Utah State is one of five MW schools that will play A-10 opponents on the road, while five other MW schools will host A-10 opponents.
For the MW, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming will play at home, while Air Force, Boise State, San Diego State, and UNLV will begin the challenge on the road.
“Starting next season, teams from both leagues will have the opportunity to play another quality, nationally-recognized nonconference opponent during the Challenge,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “The Mountain West and Atlantic 10 boast strong basketball traditions, and we believe this partnership will bolster the brand of both conferences.”
For the A-10, Davidson, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU will begin the challenge at home, while Dayton, Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond and St. Bonaventure will play on the road.
“We are looking forward to this partnership with the Mountain West Conference. Intentionally stretching our scheduling footprint into four time zones is great for television exposure and brand expansion,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Nonconference games are important and these matchups will be highly competitive, exciting and fun for our fan base.”
Davidson finished the 2018-19 campaign with an overall mark of 24-10 and ended its season with an 89-81 loss against Lipscomb in the opening round of the NIT. The Wildcats are annual contenders in the A-10, having finished in the top three each of the last two years and capturing the A-10 championship during the 2014-15 season.
Utah State will open its 2019-20 slate on Tuesday, Nov. 5, hosting Montana State at 8 p.m., on AT&T Sports Net (DirecTV 683, Dish 414) inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Fans can get a first look at the team when the Aggies host the College of Idaho in an exhibition on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
2020 Mountain West – Atlantic 10 Challenge Series Matchups
Game times and television coverage to be announced at a later date
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
Utah State at Davidson
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
UNLV at VCU
St. Bonaventure at New Mexico
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
San Diego State at Saint Louis
George Mason at Fresno State
Boise State at Rhode Island
Air Force at Saint Joseph’s
Richmond at Colorado State
Duquesne at Wyoming
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020
Dayton at Nevada