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San Juan Shootout Pairings Announced

Johnnie Bryant was Utah's leading scorer last season, averaging 13.1 points per game.

Johnnie Bryant was Utah's leading scorer last season, averaging 13.1 points per game.

July 20, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's basketball team will compete in the San Juan Shootout, Dec. 19-21 at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The San Juan Shootout is the longest running Division I college basketball tournament off the mainland, heading into its 20th year. The Runnin' Utes will face Central Florida in the first round on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 12:00 p.m. (MST).

Central Florida, a member of Conference USA, returns three starters while looking to improve upon last season's 14-15 overall record. Utah's second round opponent will be either Virginia from the ACC or the Southern Conference's Appalachian State. The Cavaliers return all five starters from a 15-win, NIT squad a year ago. Appalachian State posted a 14-16 record last year, and also brings back all five starters. UVa and Appalachian State will play their quarterfinal round game at 2:00 p.m. (MST).

Other San Juan Shootout first round match-ups include Vanderbilt against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and Northwestern versus Tennessee Tech. The tournament will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 20 with two consolation bracket games set for 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (MST), followed by the two semifinal contests at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. (MST). The championship round on Thursday, Dec. 21 begins with the seventh place game at 8:00 a.m. (MST) followed by the consolation title at 10:00 a.m. (MST). The third place contest will begin at 12:00 p.m. (MST) with the championship game set for 2:00 p.m. (MST).

Utah will field a young team in 2006-07 with just one senior and eight first-year players on Ray Giacoletti's roster. However, four starters return from the Utes' 14-15 team last season. Two of the Utah's returning players are junior guard Johnnie Bryant and sophomore center Luke Nevill, who both earned all-Mountain West Conference honorable mention.

For information on San Juan Shootout tickets, contact Sport Tours International at 414-228-7337 or info@sporttours.net.

 

 

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