BYU Nonconference Hoops Schedule Announced

BYU Nonconference Hoops Schedule Announced

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PROVO, Utah (June 29, 2007) -- BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose today announced the Cougars' 2007-08 nonconference schedule, which features dates with Louisville, Michigan State and Wake Forest as well as a potential matchup with North Carolina.

In all, the Cougars' nonleague slate includes 15 games against teams from 12 different conferences, including the Big East, Big Ten and ACC. The Mountain West Conference schedule has not yet been announced. "We are excited about our nonconference schedule," Rose said. "We look forward to playing some very good teams and participating in this year's Las Vegas Invitational. The challenges of our schedule should help us grow as a team and prepare to defend our Mountain West Conference title."

Including the MWC slate and exhibition play, Cougar fans will have the opportunity to attend 18 games in the Marriott Center during the season and also see BYU take on Michigan State at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Season ticket packages start at $50 and go on sale beginning Aug. 1.

After playing exhibition games on Nov. 2 and Nov. 7, the Cougars will begin the regular season on the road for the second straight year, facing Big West Champion Long Beach State on Nov. 10. The 49ers are coming off their first Big West title and NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995 and will be under the direction of former Minnesota head coach Dan Monson in his first season at LBSU. BYU hosts its regular- season home opener against Idaho State on Nov. 14 followed by Marriott Center matchups against Jackson State (Nov. 16), another 2007 NCAA Tournament qualifier, and Hartford (Nov. 20) as preliminary games in the 2007 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational.

The Cougars conclude the Las Vegas Invitational just after Thanksgiving at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with a Nov. 23 game against Louisville followed the next day with a battle against either North Carolina or Old Dominion. Louisville advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished last season ranked No. 16 in the final Associated Press poll while Old Dominion also made an NCAA appearance. North Carolina advanced to the Elite Eight last year and ended the season ranked fourth nationally after compiling a 31-7 record. The Tarheels have been selected No. 2 nationally in a preseason ranking by ESPN's Andy Katz while the Cardinals are picked sixth. Other teams participating in the tournament include South Carolina State and Iona.

BYU stays on the road the following week with a return game at Portland on Dec. 1, followed by an in-state clash with Weber State in Provo on Dec. 5. Three days after taking on the reigning Big Sky Champions, the Cougars travel up the road to Salt Lake City to face Michigan State at EnergySolutions Arena in a rematch of last year's contest played at The Palace at Auburn Hills. Michigan State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year with a 23-12 overall record and has been picked eighth preseason by Katz.

The last two weeks of the semester feature three home games as the Cougars look to avenge last year's loss at Lamar on Dec. 12, are sure to entertain with a matchup against up-tempo Pepperdine on Dec. 15 and meet the Roger Reid-coached Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Dec. 21. The Cougars finish the month in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 29 against Boise State before hosting Loyola Marymount on Jan. 3, the last team to beat the Cougars in the Marriott Center. Since the 2005 home- opening loss to the Lions in Coach Rose's first game as head coach, the Cougars have won 31 consecutive in Provo to earn the nation's second-longest active home victory streak.

BYU's final nonconference contest takes the Cougars to ACC territory to face the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest on Jan. 8. BYU is making its first trip to Winston-Salem since Dec. 22, 1955 when the Cougars fell 86-80. The two teams split a pair of neutral-court contests with a BYU win in 1952 (84-58) and a Wake Forest victory in the last outing in 1969 (108-93).

Excluding exhibition opponents, nine teams -- Long Beach State, Jackson State, Hartford, Louisville, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Wake Forest -- are new to BYU's schedule in 2007-08, while seven opponents -- Idaho State, Portland, Weber State, Michigan State, Lamar, Southern Utah and Boise State - return to the schedule after taking on the Cougars last year. Jackson State and Hartford are both facing BYU for the first time.

The Cougars own an 84-43 (.661) all-time record against their 2007-08 nonconference opponents. BYU will play six nonleague games against teams that qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament and six contests against teams that achieved 20-win seasons.

In-state foe Utah State is not on the schedule in 2007-08. The Cougars and Aggies will resume their rivalry in 2008 with a matchup at EnergySolutions Arena followed by a contest in Logan in 2009 and a return game in Provo in 2010.

Game times, exhibition opponents and Cougar Tipoff will be announced later in the summer along with the MWC schedule.

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