The Big Sky Conference basketball tournament continues in downtown Boise

Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 18:34:15-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Big Sky Conference basketball tournament is in full swing at Century Link Arena in downtown Boise.

This tournament features 11 men's and women's basketball teams from around the region who are competing for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

"I just bleed black and gold, I love the Vandals," said Nick Arellano a University of Idaho fan who came over from Nampa. “The tournament has been great I’ve really enjoyed it.”

The Big Sky Conference is also monitoring the coronavirus and taking steps of continually sanitizing the arena.

"So far it has been very positive," said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Tom Wistrcill. "We have lots of hand sanitizer around the arena, but we are full steam ahead.”

Arellano told us he saw tournament staff frequently cleaning the hand rails and also wiping down the team benches before, during and after every game.

"They have been making sure that everything is keeping clean around here and it should be that way no matter what," said Arellano. "The coronavirus wasn't going to stop me from coming here."

So far there have been zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus and a low risk here in Idaho, health officials have not recommended canceling events but tournament officials will continue to to monitor the situation.

"There is a heightened awareness, but until a lot of doctors tell us we need to do something differently we are going to press on and let the experts be the experts in that area and keep us posted on any changes we need to make," said Wistrcill.

On the men's side the Idaho Vandals lost to Southern Utah 75-69 in a close game, earlier in the day Sacramento State defeated Weber State 62-54.

The women's semi-finals tip off Wednesday night with Montana State taking on Northern Arizona and Idaho battling against Idaho State.

For an update on other scores click here.