Richard Chaney and the Runnin' Utes open the 2004-05 regular season against Stony Brook on Nov. 19.
June 28, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - A trip to the Great Alaska Shootout and match-ups with Arizona, Colorado and LSU headline the 2004-05 Utah men's basketball nonconference schedule announced today by head coach Ray Giacoletti.
Utah has been invited to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 24-27 in Anchorage, Alaska. Joining the Runnin' Utes in the tournament field are: Alabama, Alaska Anchorage, Furman, High Point, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Washington. The Great Alaska Shootout bracket will be announced at a later date.
Alabama (20-13) and Washington (19-12) both made the 2004 NCAA Tournament field, with the Crimson Tide advancing to the Elite Eight. Oklahoma (20-11) played in the second round of the NIT last season. The Utes have played in the Great Alaska Shootout once before, making the trip north in 1988.
Utah hosts Colorado of the Big 12 Conference on Dec. 30 and LSU of SEC on Jan. 3 in the Huntsman Center. Both the Buffaloes and Tigers went 18-11 and played in the NIT in 2003-04. In match-ups with those teams last season, Utah fell to LSU on Dec. 16 in Batton Rouge, La., and defeated Colorado 77-57 on Dec. 23 in Boulder, Colo.
The Utes begin a home-and-home series with Arizona this season, playing the first game on Dec. 11 in Tucson, Ariz. In 2003-04, the Wildcats advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 20-10. Utah is 28-18 all-time against Arizona. The teams last met in the NCAA West Regional final in 1998 with the Utes winning 76-51 to advance to the Final Four.
Utah also plays its three traditional in-state rivals in 2004-05, hosting Southern Utah on Nov. 30 and Weber State on Dec. 28. The Runnin' Utes play Utah State in Logan, Utah, on Dec. 4.
A recent NCAA rule change forbids schools to play exhibition games against non-collegiate teams. Utah will play its warm-up games against Carroll College (Mont.), an NAIA school, on Nov. 6 and Western State College (Colo.), an NCAA Division II program, on Nov. 13. The Utes open the regular season against Stony Brook on Nov. 19 in Salt Lake City. Game times and the Mountain West Conference schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
"I think it's a very good schedule," said Giacoletti. "It's a very competitive schedule, especially starting off with the Great Alaska Shootout and the excellent field we will face there. We have rivalry games with Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah, mixed in with some excellent home games against Colorado and LSU. We're also excited to start a home-and-home series with Arizona, who will visit the Huntsman Center next season."
November 6 (Sat) Carroll College (Exb.) Salt Lake City 13 (Sat) Western State College (Exb.) Salt Lake City 19 (Fri) Stony Brook Salt Lake City
24-27 (Wed-Sat) Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Anchorage, Alaska (Tournament Field: Utah, Alabama, Alaska Anchorage, Furman, High Point, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington)
30 (Tue) Southern Utah Salt Lake City
December 4 (Sat) at Utah State Logan, Utah 8 (Wed) Western Montana Salt Lake City 11 (Sat) at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. 17 (Fri) Northern Colorado Salt Lake City 20 (Mon) Coppin State Salt Lake City 22 (Wed) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. 28 (Tue) Weber State Salt Lake City 30 (Thu) Colorado Salt Lake City
January 3 (Mon) LSU Salt Lake City 5 (Wed) Whitworth Salt Lake City
(Dates tentative and subject to change)