May 26, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - Before allowing the dust to settle from their Mountain West Conference championship season, head coach Jim Boylen and the Runnin' Utes have announced another high-caliber non-conference slate for 2009-10. Season tickets are available online at www.utahtickets.com or by phone at 801-581-UTIX.
"Our philosophy from day one has been anyone, anytime, anywhere," said Utah head coach Jim Boylen. "We have stayed true to our vision and goal of building a Top-25 national program by scheduling great teams from the top conferences around the country. I think this is another non-conference schedule that our fans, players and prospects can get excited about. These games will test us and prepare us to make another strong run in the Mountain West Conference."
Ute fans will be treated to nine non-conference contests at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, headlined by games against Michigan (Dec. 9) and Oklahoma (Dec. 12). Michigan advanced to the 2009 NCAA Second Round and Oklahoma made the Elite Eight. Also on the home non-conference slate is Missouri Valley Conference power Illinois State in the MWC/MVC Challenge (Dec. 19).
The Utes will also serve as a host team for the first two rounds of the Las Vegas Invitational, before heading to Las Vegas, where Utah is guaranteed two games against a field containing Bradley, Illinois and Oklahoma State in Orleans Arena. The Utes will also challenge two defending conference champions on the road--Weber State of the Big Sky Conference on December 2 and LSU of the Southeastern Conference on January 2.
Utah opens the season with five straight home games, beginning with a Nov. 7 exhibition game against NCAA Division II national champion Findlay. The regular-season opener is scheduled for Nov. 13 against Idaho. Utah then hosts defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State on Nov. 18, followed by Las Vegas Invitational opening-round games against Southern University (Nov. 21) and Seattle (Nov. 24).
Please stay tuned to www.UtahUtes.com for updates on game times and television schedules.
Utah's complete 2009-10 non-conference schedule is attached. The Mountain West Conference schedule is typically released in early August.