While we're all probably in football mode, we can't ignore basketball and the 2008 preseason schedule has been released, 1320 KFAN is reporting.
My first thoughts: This schedule is great. I love it and hopefully Utah has a good team, because a schedule like this could make for a fun season.
Here's is is with my thoughts below:
|Nov. 8||Grand Valley State (exh.)||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Nov. 15||Southwest Baptist||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Nov. 18||Wisc-Green Bay (GW Classic)||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Nov. 21||Glen Wilkes Classic||Dayton Beach, FL||TBA|
|Nov. 22||Glen Wilkes Classic||Dayton Beach, FL||TBA|
|Nov. 23||Glen Wilkes Classic||Dayton Beach, FL||TBA|
|Nov. 28||Missouri State||Springfield, MO||7:00|
|Dec. 3||Oregon||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Dec. 6||Idaho State||Pocatello, Idaho||7:05|
|Dec. 10||California||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Dec. 13||Oklahoma||Norman, OK||TBA|
|Dec. 20||Weber State||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Dec. 22||Utah State||Logan, Utah||7;00|
|Dec. 27||UC-Irvine||Irvine, CA||7:00|
|Dec. 31||Gonzaga||Salt Lake City||TBA|
|Jan. 6||LSU||Salt Lake City||TBA|
The Glen Wilkes Classic looks like a fairly easy tournament, with Mississippi, UW-Green Bay, Marshall, IUPUI and Morgan State joining Utah.
If Utah were to meet Mississippi in the Classic, they will have five games power conference teams and 3 solid mid-major programs (Gonzaga, Missouri State and Utah State). The Oklahoma game should be fun, since it'll be the first meeting between the two since Utah beat them to advance to the 2005 Sweet Sixteen.
I'm excited for this season and hope Utah can make some progress. With a schedule like this, 20 wins could be enough for an NCAA berth, however, that's probably too optimistic.