OGDEN, UTAH - Weber State University head men's basketball coach, Randy Rahe, unveiled his 2008-09 schedule. The Wildcats will face teams from ten different conferences with a possible meeting against two PAC-10 powerhouses.
"Our goal every year is to put together a challenging schedule, and this year we have done just that," said Rahe. "Like always, we are excited about out instate games with BYU, Southern Utah, Utah and Utah State. These are great games, against great teams and great for our fans."
The Wildcats begin the season at the CBE Tournament in Los Angeles, California on November 12-13 hosted by UCLA. It is the same tournament the Wildcats played in last season. The first round opponent is still undetermined but a win in that game would most likely mean a match up with the UCLA Bruins coached by former Weber State standout Ben Howland.
The Wildcats have a home-and-home series with Long Beach State beginning on Saturday, November 22 at Long Beach. The 49ers come to the Dee Events Center on Thursday, December 11 for a 6:00 tip-off. The early tip is to help accommodate a change in venue for the 2008 WSU Winter graduation ceremonies to be held the next day inside the Dee Center. Long Beach State was the first opponent to play Weber State at the Dee Events Center when it opened in 1977-78. WSU won the game 99-96 in overtime.
After a Tuesday, November 25 road trip to Utah State, the Wildcats return home to face Montana Tech on Saturday, November 29 and the BYU Cougars on Wednesday, December 3, followed by a road trip to Cedar City, Utah to meet the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday, Dec. 13.
On Wednesday, December 17, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos makes their first-ever appearance in the Dee Events Center. The Wildcats will make the return visit to Santa Barbara in 2009-2010.
A stretch of four straight road games, in nine days, in December will give the Wildcats a stern test beginning with a road trip to Utah on Saturday, December 20, followed by the Southern Mississippi Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Wildcats play Texas-Pan American the first night and a first-ever meeting with Southern Miss the second night. Southern Miss is coached by former Idaho and Utah State head coach, Larry Eustachy. That stretch concludes with a game at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Monday, December 29. It is the first meeting between the two schools since the 1969-70 season.
"Every game will be tough, but this presents a good challenge for our team to prepare them for Big Sky Conference play," Rahe said. "I really believer this schedule will help our young team grow and mature as long as we find a way to have some success."
The Wildcats open the 2008-09 Big Sky Conference season at home on Saturday, January 3 hosting Northern Colorado and concludes with a Tuesday, March 3 game at Montana State. The first round of the Big Sky Conference post-season tournament is set for Saturday, March with the semifinals and finals slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10-11 at the site of the regular season winner.
2008-09 Weber State University Men's Basketball Schedule (as of Friday, August 1, 2008)
DAY DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME
MON NOV 3 U. OF GUELPH (exb.) OGDEN, UT 8:05
SAT NOV 8 COLORADO-COLO. SPRINGS (exb). OGDEN, UT 5:05
Wed-ThurNov 12-13 at Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Los Angeles, CA TBA PST
(Prairie View A&M,, Weber State, UCLA, TBA)
Sat Nov 22 at Long Beach State Long Beach, CA 4:05 PST
Tues Nov 25 at Utah State Logan, UT 7:05
SAT NOV 29 MONTANA TECH OGDEN, UT 7:05
WED DEC 3 BRIGHAM YOUNG OGDEN, UT 7:05
THURS DEC 11 LONG BEACH STATE OGDEN, UT 6:05
Sat Dec 13 at Southern Utah Cedar City, UT 7:05
WED DEC 17 UC SANTA BARBARA OGDEN, UT 7:05
Sat Dec 20 at Utah Salt Lake City, UT 7:05
Mon-Tues Dec 22-23 at Southern Mississippi Tournament Biloxi, MS TBA CST
(Dec. 22: vs. Texas-Pan American Dec. 23: vs. Southern Mississippi)
Mon Dec 29 at Arizona Tucson, AZ 7:05
SAT JAN 3 *NORTHERN COLORADO OGDEN, UT 7:05
Thurs Jan 8 *at Portland State Portland, OR 7:05 PST
Sat Jan 10 *at Eastern Washington Cheney, WA 7:05 PST
THURS JAN 15 *MONTANA STATE OGDEN, UT 7:05
SAT JAN 17 *MONTANA OGDEN, UT 7:05
Thurs Jan 22 *at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA 7:05 PST
Sat Jan 24 *at Northern Arizona Flagstaff, AZ 6:35
Thurs Jan 29 *at Idaho State Pocatello, ID 7:05
SAT JAN 31 *IDAHO STATE OGDEN, UT 7:05
Thurs Feb 5 *at Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 7:05
THURS FEB 12 *EASTERN WASHINGTON OGDEN, UT 7:05
SAT FEB 14 *PORTLAND STATE OGDEN, UT 7:05
Thurs Feb 19 *at Montana Missoula, MT 7:05
THURS FEB 26 *NORTHERN ARIZONA OGDEN, UT 7:05
SAT FEB 28 *SACRAMENTO STATE OGDEN, UT 7:05
Tues Mar 4 *at Montana State Bozeman, MT 7:05
Sat Mar 7 Big Sky Tournament Quarterfinals TBA TBA
Tues-WedMar 10-11 Big Sky Tournament Semis and Final Regular Season Winner TBA
*Big Sky Conference Game All Times Listed are MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME except where noted