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Breaking down the Big Sky Conference basketball tournament schedule

Taking a look at who, where and when for the Big Sky Conference Championship, which will be hosted at the Idaho Central Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Eastern Washington Eagles guard Kim Aiken Jr. goes up for a layup against Arizona Wildcats forward Ira Lee during the second half at McKale Center. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Sky Conference Championship stretches from March 10-13, with all games taking place at the Idaho Central Arena in Boise, Idaho. The tournament will include 11 teams, who will play single-elimination games with no reseeding.

Of all the conference tournaments, this will be one of the most challenging for fans to watch. All games will be shown only on the conference’s streaming channel until the final, which will be on ESPNU.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are the favorite at 16-3, 12-2 in the Big Sky during the regular season. They split a doubleheader with the No. 2 seed Eastern Washington Eagles, with both games played in Cheney, Washington. And keep an eye on Weber State, who split with SUU this season as well.

Here is the schedule for the 2021 Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament:

* All times ET

Wednesday, March 10

Game 1: No. 9 Sacramento St. 90-83 over No. 8 Northern Colorado
Game 2: No. 10 Northern Arizona 77-66 over No. 7 Portland State
Game 3: No. 6 Montana 69-64 over No. 11 Idaho

Thursday, March 11

Game 4: No. 1 Southern Utah 91-83 over No. 9 Sacramento St.
Game 5: No. 5 Montana State 71-63 over No. 4 Idaho State
Game 6: No. 2 Eastern Washington 66-60 over No. 10 Northern Arizona
Game 7: No. 6 Montana 80-75 over No. 3 Weber State

Friday, March 12

Game 8: No. 5 Montana State 80-77 (OT) over No. 1 Southern Utah
Game 9: No. 2 Eastern Washington 78-50 over No. 6 Montana

Saturday, March 13

Game 10: No. 2 Eastern Washington 65-55 over No. 5 Montana State

The Eagles are the champions and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. They’re 0-2 in the event so far, but should have a good enough power ranking to avoid the First Four.