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Preseason basketball schedule released

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:

Date Opponent Location Time
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.