Big Sky basketball tournament tips off Monday

Posted at 9:23 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 11:23:15-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Big Sky conference women's basketball tournament tips off in Boise Monday for the second-straight year.

Eleven men's and women's teams are fighting to be the final two teams in the title game. The winner will get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

It isn't just an exciting time for basketball fans; with games being held at CenturyLink Arena, Boise businesses are set to see a big boost.

"Everything is on the line here so the passion that our student-athletes come and play with is off the charts," says Big Sky Conference Commissioner Tom Wistrcill. "It is fun to be a part of, fun to watch, that's why I encourage anybody that is here in Boise or in Idaho to come check out a game or two, I promise you, you will leave impressed."

The conference is partnering with downtown businesses to designate certain sports bars for specific teams. If you happen to be in the Grove Plaza this week, there will be hoops to shoot as part of the tournament's fan experience.

The first women's game between Sacramento State and Northern Colorado tips off at 2:30 Monday afternoon. The men's tournament is set to start Wednesday.