Wolverines Host UMKC Saturday Night on National TV

Keith Thompson

Nov. 18, 2011

OREM, Utah - The Utah Valley University basketball team will be on display nationally on Saturday when the Wolverines host UMKC at 7 p.m. at the UCCU Center. The game will be broadcast nationwide on Fox College Sports - the first time a UVU home game will air live across the U.S. - and on the radio on 960 AM The Zone.

"It's an exciting night for our basketball team," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "I know our students and community are looking forward to this national TV game."

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Saturday caps Homecoming Week at UVU and the Wolverines will be wearing their black uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear black to the game. Those wearing black can get in for just $1 or for free by wearing the Homecoming shirt that is available in the bookstore.

The Wolverines are 2-1 on the young season after a balanced effort helped UVU to a 30-point win over Grambling State on Wednesday night. Alfonzo Hubbard and Isiah Williams both scored 12 points apiece to pace Utah Valley.

On Thursday, Geddes Robinson earned the Great West Conference's first Player of the Week award for the 2011-12 season. Robinson, a preseason second team All-Conference pick, had 18 points and 12 boards in last week's season-opening win over Simpson University.

UMKC notched a last-second win on Wednesday over Nebraska-Omaha when Reggie Chamberlain's 3-pointer broke a tie with just 1.9 seconds on the clock. The Kangaroos, of the Summit League, are 1-2 on the year and are led by Chamberlain's 17.3 points per game. Utah Valley leads the all-time series between the schools, 3-2, with UMKC winning the most recent contest, 70-63, last December in Kansas City.



"UMKC has a lot of scoring power. They can get you off the drive, are an exceptional spot up 3-point shooting team and have the athleticism to really pound the offensive boards," Hunsaker said. "We have a lot of respect for them and are going to have to come well-prepared."

Following Saturday's game UVU will face a touch stretch starting next Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Arkansas of the SEC. The day after Thanksgiving, the Wolverines will play at Oakland University, the reigning Summit League regular season and tournament champions.