BOISE, Idaho (March 7, 2020) – The Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Championship field was announced Saturday evening as Eastern Washington claimed a fourth regular season title and its first outright championship in 16 years.
Eastern Washington finished with a 16-4 record in Big Sky play for its first regular season title in five years. The Eagles will await the winner between No. 8 Weber State and No. 9 Sacramento State for their Thursday quarterfinal.
Northern Colorado earned the No. 2 seed for the second-straight season, finishing with a 15-5 record. Montana captured the No. 3 seed with a 14-6 mark in conference play.
Northern Colorado will face the winner of No. 7 Southern Utah and No. 10 Idaho while Montana opens up with either No. 6 Northern Arizona or No. 11 Idaho State in the quarterfinal round.
No. 4 Portland State and No. 5 Montana State also earned first round byes as the two teams will square off against each other on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
The four-day event gets underway Wednesday with three first round games beginning at 9:30 a.m. MT at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Thursday’s quarterfinals tip-off at noon while Friday’s semifinals begin at 5:30 p.m. MT.
The men’s first round, quarterfinal and semifinal games will be streamed on Pluto TV channel 531 and WatchBigSky.com. The men’s quarterfinals and semifinals will also be televised on Eleven Sports with Jon Oglesby and Joe Cravens on the call.
The men’s championship game will air on ESPNU on Saturday at 6 p.m. MT with Eric Rothman and Richie Schueler calling the action. The game can also be heard on Westwood One.
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Wednesday, March 11
No. 9 Sacramento State vs. No. 8 Weber State – 9:30 a.m. MT
No. 10 Idaho vs. No. 7 Southern Utah – 30 minutes after Game 1 conclusion
No. 11 Idaho State vs. No. 6 Northern Arizona – 30 minutes after Game 2 conclusion
Thursday, March 12
No. 1 Eastern Washington vs. Game 1 Winner – 12 p.m. MT
No. 5 Montana State vs. No. 4 Portland State – 30 minutes after Game 4 conclusion
No. 2 Northern Colorado vs. Game 2 Winner – 5:30 p.m. MT
No. 3 Montana vs. Game 3 Winner – 30 minutes after Game 6 conclusion
Friday, March 13
Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner – 5:30 p.m. MT
Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner – 30 minutes after Game 8 conclusion
Saturday, March 14
Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner – 6 p.m. MT