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Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport Basketball
Conference Big Sky Conference
Number of teams 6
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Dee Events Center
Current location Ogden, Utah
Played 1976-present
Current champion Portland State Vikings
Most championships Weber State Wildcats (8)
Official website Men's Basketball

The Big Sky Conference's men’s basketball tournament has existed since 1976. The winner of the tournament receives The Big Sky's automatic bid into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

From 1964-1975, no tournament was played, the team with the best record at the end of the season advanced to the tournament. All games have always been played on the home court of the higher seed.

History of the Tournament Finals[]

Year Big Sky Champions Score Runner-Up MVP Venue
1976 Boise State Broncos 77-70* Weber State Wildcats Jimmie Watts, Weber State Wildcat Gym (Ogden, UT)
1977 Idaho State Bengals 61-55 Weber State Wildcats Ed Thompson, Idaho State ISU Minidome (Pocatello, ID)
1978 Weber State Wildcats 62-55 Montana Grizzlies Bruce Collins, Weber State Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
1979 Weber State Wildcats 92-70 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Bruce Collins, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1980 Weber State Wildcats 50-42 Montana Grizzlies Bruce Collins, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1981 Idaho Vandals 70-64 Montana Grizzlies Ken Owens, Idaho Kibbie Dome (Moscow, ID)
1982 Idaho Vandals 85-80 Nevada Wolf Pack Ken Owens, Idaho Kibbie Dome (Moscow, ID)
1983 Weber State Wildcats 87-78 Nevada Wolf Pack Ken Green, Nevada Centennial Coliseum (Reno, NV)
1984 Nevada Wolf Pack 71-69 Montana Grizzlies Curtis High, Nevada Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1985 Nevada Wolf Pack 79-63 Idaho State Bengals Dwayne Randall, Nevada BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1986 Montana State Bobcats 82-77 Montana Grizzlies Tony Hampton, Montana State Lawlor Events Center (Reno, NV)
1987 Idaho State Bengals 92-81 Nevada Wolf Pack Jim Rhode, Idaho State Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
1988 Boise State Broncos 63-61 Montana State Bobcats Chris Childs, Boise State Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (Bozeman, MT)
1989 Idaho Vandals 59-52 Boise State Broncos Riley Smith, Idaho BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1990 Idaho Vandals 65-62 Eastern Washington Eagles Riley Smith, Idaho BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1991 Montana Grizzlies 76-68 Idaho Vandals Kevin Kearney, Montana Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
1992 Montana Grizzlies 73-68 Nevada Wolf Pack Delvon Anderson, Montana Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
1993 Boise State Broncos 80-68 Idaho Vandals Tanoka Beard, Boise State Kibbie Dome (Moscow, ID)
1994 Boise State Broncos 85-81 Idaho State Bengals Shambric Williams, Boise State BSU Pavilion (Boise, ID)
1995 Weber State Wildcats 84-62 Montana Grizzlies Ruben Nembhard, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
1996 Montana State Bobcats 81-70 Weber State Wildcats Danny Sprinkle, Montanta State Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (Bozeman, MT)
1997 Montana Grizzlies 82-79 Cal State Northridge Matadors Trenton Cross, Cal State Northridge Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
1998 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 77-50 Montana State Bobcats Dan McClintock, Northern Arizona Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
1999 Weber State Wildcats 82-75 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Eddie Gill, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2000 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 85-81* Cal State Northridge Matadors Ross Land, Northern Arizona Dahlberg Arena (Missoula, MT)
2001 Cal State Northridge Matadors 73-58 Eastern Washington Eagles Brian Heinle, Cal State Northridge Matadome (Northridge, CA)
2002 Montana Grizzlies 70-66 Eastern Washington Eagles Dan Trammel, Montana Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (Bozeman, MT)
2003 Weber State Wildcats 60-57 Eastern Washington Eagles Jermaine Boyette, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2004 Eastern Washington Eagles 71-59 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Brendon Merritt, Eastern Washington Reese Court (Cheney, WA)
2005 Montana Grizzlies 63-61 Weber State Wildcats Kamarr Davis, Montana Memorial Coliseum (Portland, OR)
2006 Montana Grizzlies 73-60 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Virgil Matthews, Montana Walkup Skydome (Flagstaff, AZ)
2007 Weber State Wildcats 88-80 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks David Patten, Weber State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2008 Portland State Vikings 67-51 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Deonte Huff, Portland State Rose Garden (Portland, OR)
2009 Portland State Vikings 79-77 Montana State Bobcats Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)
2010 Montana Grizzlies 66-65 Weber State Wildcats Anthony Johnson, Montana Dee Events Center (Ogden, UT)

Performance By School[]

Member Winners Winning Years
Weber State
1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007
1991, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010
Boise State¹
1976, 1988, 1993, 1994
1981, 1982, 1989, 1990
1984, 1985
Idaho State
1977, 1987
Northern Arizona
1998, 2000
Montana State
1986, 1996
Portland State
2008, 2009
Eastern Washington
CS Northridge¹

¹no longer a conference member

See also[]


Men's Conference Basketball Tournaments

NCAA Division I men's basketball conference tournaments

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