UNLV-Northern Iowa highlights slate of games for 2012-13 Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge

Rebels, Panthers to meet in rematch of 2010 NCAA tournament thriller

UNLV will host Northern Iowa on Dec. 19 in what will be the marquee match-up in the fourth and final installment of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

The series could be extended beyond the 2012-13 campaign, but nothing has been determined as a of yet.

The rest of the matchups are as follows:

Nov. 17 — San Diego State at Missouri State

Nov. 28 — Boise State at Creighton

Nov. 28 — Fresno State at Southern Illinois

Dec. 1 — Wichita State at Air Force

Dec. 1 — Evansville at Colorado State

Dec. 1 — Drake at Nevada-Reno

Dec 1 — New Mexico at Indiana State

Dec. 4 — Wyoming at Illinois State

Last season, each side won four games in the challenge, while the Mountain West won the series in 20010-11, 8-1, and the Missouri Valley took the first year’s series, 5-4.

UNLV is 2-1 in the MWC-MVC Challenge, knocking off Southern Illinois at home and Illinois State on the road in the first two years, then falling to Wichita State back in December, 89-70.

The Dec. 19 showdown at the Mack will be the second meeting in the all-time series between the two schools, with the first coming in the 2010 NCAA tournament, when Northern Iowa edged UNLV with some late heroics from then-senior guard Ali Farokhmanesh, 69-66, in Oklahoma City.

UNLV’s 2012-13 non-conference schedule is close to being completed, and should be finalized in its entirety in the coming weeks.