Aug. 23, 2011
OREM, Utah - Defending Great West Conference champion Utah Valley University has released its 2011-12 men's basketball schedule under 10th-year head coach Dick Hunsaker. The schedule includes 16 home games and 15 road contests including UVU's first-ever contest against a school from the SEC.
The Wolverines travel to Fayetteville to face Arkansas (Nov. 22) of the Southeastern Conference and will also play in the Dr Pepper Classic at Chattanooga (Dec. 29-30), opening against MEAC Tournament champion Hampton.
Games at Summit League champion Oakland (Nov. 25) and WAC champion Utah State (Dec. 6) - both NCAA Tournament teams in 2011 - and at CBI participant Montana also highlight the schedule.
Grambling State, UMKC, Northern Illinois, Portland State, Georgia State, Wyoming and Seattle all make an appearance in the UCCU Center prior to the start of the Great West schedule.
"This is probably our most competitive non-conference schedule we've played, particularly at home," said Hunsaker. "Our opponents play multiple styles, which will be a great challenge and experience for our developing team."
After opening at home against Simpson University (Nov. 11), Utah Valley will play at Houston of Conference USA before returning home to face Grambling State and UMKC - a game that can be seen nationally on Fox College Sports on Nov. 19 - prior to the trip that will take the team to Arkansas and Rochester, Michigan to take on Oakland.
The Wolverines also have home and away games against Wyoming of the Mountain West Conference and Seattle University as well as 10 Great West games. The Jan. 3 game against Wyoming at the UCCU Center will also air on Fox College Sports across the country.
The conference schedule begins and ends with tournament champion North Dakota. UVU hosts the Fighting Sioux on Jan. 21 and closes out the regular season in Grand Forks on March 3.
"I anticipate this to be the strongest Great West Conference, top to bottom, we have faced. North Dakota and NJIT certainly jump out at you with the depth of their returning rosters," Hunsaker said.
The 2012 GWC Tournament will begin March 7 and will be hosted by Chicago State University.