Larry Krystkowiak and the Utes are ready for the upcoming 2014-15 season
June 20, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's basketball team announced its 2014-15 non-conference schedule this afternoon, along with preliminary dates for Pac-12 contests. The Utes will play 18 games against teams that reached the postseason in 2013-14, including six non-conference matchups.
"This non-conference schedule contains a challenging slate of games, both home and away," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "We as a staff have a strong belief in this team and this schedule, while getting us ready for the rigors of Pac-12 play, will help us take the next step forward. We also wanted to ensure our student-athletes have experiences that they can treasure and keep with them after their playing days. We are very excited for the upcoming season and can't wait to get things rolling."
Last season, the Utes went 11-1 in non-conference play en route to 21 wins and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament. Utah was 18-2 at home during the 2013-14 campaign, the most wins ever in one season at the Huntsman Center.
The regular season tips off on Fri., Nov. 14 in the home opener against Ball State. Legendary head coach Rick Majerus coached the Cardinals from 1987-89 before arriving in Utah. The Utes defeated BSU Cardinals last season, 88-69.
The longest home stretch of the season for the Utes begins on Fri., Nov. 21 as UC Riverside comes to town. Utah will then host its annual multi-team event Nov. 26-29 that includes North Dakota, Alabama State and Texas-Pan American. UND was the runner-up in the Big Sky last season and played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament while ASU also played in the CIT after finishing with 19 wins.
On Wed., Dec. 3, Utah plays a non-conference home game against Wichita State. The Shockers went 35-1 last season and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press final poll. They were the first team in a decade to finish the regular season undefeated at 31-0.
The middle contest of a three-game road swing will see the Utes travel to Kansas City, Mo., for a contest against perennial power Kansas at the Sprint Center on Sat., Dec. 13. The two teams have played only once before with the Jayhawks earning the victory at Kemper Arena in the opener to the 1995-96 season. No. 2-ranked Kansas topped the No. 8-ranked Utes 79-68 despite 22 points and 10 rebounds from Keith Van Horn.
The final road game of the non-conference season will be in Las Vegas as the Utes take on UNLV in the MGM Grand Showcase at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. These two former MWC rivals have played each other 46 times and will meet for the first time since 2011 at the site of this year's Pac-12 Tournament on Sat., Dec. 20
The final tune-ups before conference play will be back at the Huntsman Center as Utah hosts South Dakota State on Dec. 23 and Carroll College on Dec. 30. SDSU was the runner-up in the Summit Conference last season and went on to play in the CIT.
As far as the Pac-12 schedule is concerned, please note that the dates listed are tentative. Dates listed are Wednesday through Sunday of that week.
JAN. 2-4: Utah will open its Pac-12 season vs. UCLA and USC. The Pac-12 will play all its games on Friday through Sunday the opening weekend to avoid conflict with the Jan. 1 holiday.
JAN. 7-11: Utah will host Colorado which means the Utes begin the season with their longest Pac-12 home stand of the season.
JAN. 14-18: Utah hits the road for the first time with games at Arizona and Arizona State.
JAN. 21-25: The Utes return home for games against Washington and Washington State. Utah swept their home games against the Huskies and Cougars last season.
JAN. 28-FEB. 1: Utah makes its trip to L. A. for Super Bowl weekend.
FEB. 4-8: You can call it the Rematch in the Rockies as Utah makes the trip to Boulder to finish its home-and-home set with Colorado.
FEB. 11-15: Stanford and Cal come to town for their only meetings against the Utes during the regular season.
FEB. 18-22: Off to Oregon with no return dates against the Ducks and Beavers in SLC during the 2014-15 season
FEB. 25-MAR. 1: The final home games of the season against reigning Pac-12 regular-season champion Arizona and Arizona State (Senior Day)
MAR. 4-7: The last road trip of the season sees the team in Seattle and Pullman for games against UW and WSU. With the Pac-12 Tournament starting Wednesday, the league does not schedule Sunday games the final weekend.
Definite Pac-12 contest dates, times and television information will be announced on Sept. 1 by the conference.
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