Utah's 2019-20 men's basketball schedule will include one Sunday home game for the second straight season and two Pac-12 trips with two days off between games, also modeling last year's dates.
The tipoff times and television selections for all games and the exact dates for Pac-12 contests were announced Thursday, after the framework of the schedule was published earlier this summer.
The Utes will begin coach Larry Krystkowiak’s ninth season Nov. 5 at Nevada and have three Friday home games in November, mixed in with a trip to the Myrtle Beach Classic in South Carolina.
The December schedule includes a 6 p.m. tipoff vs. BYU at the Huntsman Center on Dec. 4 (a Wednesday). Utah has a 2 p.m. tipoff vs. Weber State, as announced by the Pac-12 in a change from the time listed in news releases this week, in the Zions Bank Beehive Classic at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Dec. 14. BYU and Utah State will play at 5 p.m.
The in-state schools and arena management have moved away from a true doubleheader. That’s their response to low attendance for the first two years of the Beehive Classic, with a contract that ends after this year’s games.
Contrary to the event’s concept, most fans seemingly have been uninterested in watching both games — unlike the NCAA Tournament at Vivint, for example. So administrators are separating the tickets for the two games and cutting prices in half.
The Utes also will play in two major venues the following week, meeting Kentucky at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and San Diego State at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Utah will have nearly a two-week break before opening Pac-12 play Jan. 2 at home vs. Oregon State. In the conference's scheduling rotation, the Utes will play Arizona and Arizona State only on the road and meet Washington and Washington State only at home.
Utah’s only Sunday home game is Feb. 23 vs. USC. On their trips to USC/UCLA and Stanford/California, the Utes will have two days off between games.
UTAH’S 2019-20 SCHEDULE
(All times Mountain)
Oct. 30 – UT Tyler, 6:30 p.m. (exhibition).
Nov. 5 – at Nevada, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 – Mississippi Valley State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 – at Coastal Carolina, 5 p.m.
Nov. 22 – vs. Baylor/Ohio, TBD.
Nov. 24 – Myrtle Beach Classic final game, TBD.
Nov. 29 – UC Davis, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 – BYU, 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 – Central Arkansas, 3 p.m.
Dec. 14 – Weber State (Vivint Arena), 1 or 2 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Kentucky (Las Vegas), 9 p.m.
Dec. 21 – San Diego State (Los Angeles), 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Oregon State, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Oregon, 3 p.m.
Jan. 12 – at Colorado, 4 p.m.
Jan. 16 – at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 – at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 – Washington, 6 p.m.
Jan. 25 – Washington State, 5 p.m.
Jan. 30 – at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 – at UCLA, 1 p.m.
Feb. 6 – Stanford, 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 – California, 6 p.m.
Feb. 13 – at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 – at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 – UCLA, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 – USC, 4 p.m.
Feb. 26 – at Stanford, 8 p.m.
Feb. 29 – at California, 4 p.m.
March 7 – Colorado, 12:30 p.m.
March 11-14 – Pac-12 tournament, Las Vegas.