Men's Hoops Opens Season at IUPUI

Ben Aird

Nov. 8, 2012

OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University tips off the 2012-13 season with an afternoon tilt at IUPUI on Friday at noon MT from Indianapolis. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone with Jim McCulloch and Kellen Hiser on the call.

The Wolverines will embark on a three-games in six nights trip to open the season with contests at North Carolina A&T on Monday and Wednesday at Washington State as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

IUPUI returns two starters from last season's 14-18 team including preseason All-Summit League selection Ian Chiles.

"IUPUI has some experienced scoring ability returning. They have inside/outside balance and like to play an up-tempo, quick-paced game and be on the attack," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "Starting on the road is going to expose our strengths and weaknesses very quickly."

The Wolverines, coming off a 20-win season and a postseason berth in the Postseason Tournament, were picked on Thursday to win their third straight Great West Conference title in a vote of league coaches.

UVU received three first place votes to finish with 22 points while NJIT was picked to finish second, Texas-Pan American third, Houston Baptist fourth and conference tournament host Chicago State fifth. NJIT and Houston Baptist each received one first place vote apiece.

2012-13 will be Utah Valley's final year as a member of the Great West with membership in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) set to begin on July 1, 2013.