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Big Sky Basketball Tournament Moving to Boise

September 18, 2017

OGDEN, Utah — Changes are coming soon to the Big Sky, with the league offices announcing Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, that future basketball championships will be moving to Boise, beginning in 2019.

"Obviously I'm very excited for it to be in Boise because that's where the University of Idaho's biggest alumni base is," said Don Verlin, the University of Idaho's head men's basketball coach. "Through the years we have been able to play a few games in Boise, but this will give us an opportunity to play there every year. It's been such a positive experience with the tournament at a neutral site, I'm just excited for the state of Idaho and the city of Boise that we can be able to host this event."

"The fact that conference tournament is going to be in Boise is fantastic for us," said Jon Newlee, head women's basketball coach. "There is a huge population of Vandal alumni and fans down there. I know they are just going to come out and support us like crazy. We are very excited about the fan support we anticipate having in that tournament.

"On the other hand, I thought the people in Reno ran a fantastic tournament. I have been involved in other neutral site tournaments and they ran a first-class tournament. I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that put that tournament on because I thought they did a fantastic job."

The 2018 Big Sky Basketball Championships will remain in Reno, marking the third season that the tournament has been hosted by the Biggest Little City in the World. The conference switched to a neutral site for the 2016 Tournament.

The neutral site has been kind to the Vandals. Idaho is one of three schools in the Big Sky to have its men's and women's teams get at least one victory in both seasons the tournament has been in Reno.

Both Idaho's men and women will be playing a game in Boise this season as well. The squads make the trip down to CenturyLink Arena for a doubleheader on December 21, with the women taking on Eastern Oregon at 5 p.m. Mountain and the men following against UC Irvine.

Fans can stay up-to-date on all things Idaho men's basketball by following the team on twitter, @VandalHoops. Also, keep up to date with the women's team @VandalsWBB on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on Idaho Athletics, visit GoVandals.com. Fans can also find Idaho on Twitter and Instagram, @Idaho_Vandals, or on Facebook by searching Idaho Vandals.

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, a research and Extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to more than 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu