PROVO, Utah (Aug. 16, 2008) - With the release of BYU's Mountain West Conference and television games, BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose today announced the Cougars' 2008-09 schedule that includes teams from 10 different conferences, including the ACC and Pac-10, and features a three-day, six-game tournament hosted by the Cougars in the Marriott Center.
"We are looking forward to the coming season," said Rose, who has guided BYU to outright MWC titles the past two seasons. "I think our fans will enjoy watching our team this year. We are excited to get our guys ready to face the teams on our schedule and hope to be ready to meet the challenges of defending our back-to-back Mountain West Conference championships."
The Cougars will play 12 games against teams that qualified for postseason play last year and be featured 19 times on the MWC television schedule with broadcast partners CBS College Sports Network (CBS C), VERSUS and the MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.). All of BYU's MWC games will be televised this season as well as nonconference outings with Boise State, Portland and Wake Forest. Additional television games will be announced once finalized.
Among the highlights on the schedule is the first-ever visit by Wake Forest to the Marriott Center and only the second such trip by an ACC team (NC State in 2004). The Cougars will look to avenge their defeat in Winston-Salem last season when the two schools meet on Jan. 3. The game will be televised on The Mtn.
BYU will also participate in the first-ever basketball games played at the football venue University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix. The four-team event will pit Louisville against Minnesota followed by the Cougars taking on local-favorite Arizona State. The Sun Devils return their top seven scorers from last year's 21-13 team that advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.
The Cougars also host the Basketball Travelers Invitational at the Marriott Center from Nov. 20-22 and face in-state rival Utah State at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Cal Poly, Rice and North Florida will join the Cougars for three straight nights of double-header action in the Basketball Travelers' event, while the neutral-court matchup with Utah State will allow fans from both schools to enjoy an exciting atmosphere as the longtime rivalry resumes after a one-year hiatus.
Excluding exhibition play, BYU will play 30 regular-season games before the 2009 MWC Tournament being played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Mar. 11-14.
The Cougars start the season with exhibition outings against Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) on Nov. 6 and Georgetown College (Georgetown, Ky.) on Nov. 11. Georgetown is an NAIA power that went 35-1 last year and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final poll.
BYU's regular-season opener is against Long Beach State on Nov. 14 in the Marriott Center. Prior to the Basketball Travelers Invitational from Nov. 20-22, BYU plays at Pepperdine on Nov. 18 and finishes the month of November with its first trip to Pocatello, Idaho, since 1977 to play Idaho State on Nov. 29.
December begins with in-state outings at Weber State (Dec. 3) and vs. Utah State in Salt Lake City (Dec. 6) before home dates with Boise State (Dec. 10) and Portland (Dec. 13). After taking on the Pac-10's Arizona State at the 2008 Stadium Shootout in Phoenix on Dec. 20, the Cougars host Western Oregon on Dec. 23 and play at 2008 College Basketball Invitational Champion Tulsa on Dec. 30 before concluding their nonconference slate against the Demon Deacons on Jan. 3.
The Cougars begin league action at Colorado State (1 p.m., The Mtn.) on Jan. 10 and finish their MWC schedule at home against Air Force (7 p.m., The Mtn.) on Mar. 7. BYU travels to Salt Lake City to face in-state rival Utah (8 p.m., The Mtn.) on Jan. 27 and hosts the Utes (3 p.m., CBS C) in the return on Feb. 28 in the Marriott Center.
The lone date that is yet to be solidified on BYU's schedule is the Cougars' home game against MWC Tournament Champion UNLV. CBS C has announced it will broadcast the game but it could be played on either Jan. 20 or Jan. 21 pending final television determinations by the network. The Cougars and Rebels will also appear on CBS C for their Las Vegas matchup on Feb. 21. The Mtn. will carry 15 Cougar games while CBS C airs three and VERSUS one — BYU's game at New Mexico on Jan. 17.
In addition to television opportunities, Cougar fans will have the chance to attend 21 games in the Marriott Center this season including exhibition play and the Basketball Travelers Invitational. BYU fans will also receive tickets to the Utah State game in Salt Lake City as part of the season-ticket package. Season-ticket prices start at just $75 and are on sale now at the Marriott Center Ticket Office (800-322-BYU1 or 801-422-BYU1, hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or online at BYUtickets.com.
Overall, the Cougars will face teams from the ACC, Pac-10, Big West, West Coast, Conference USA, Big Sky, Atlantic Sun, Great Northwest Athletic and WAC during the 2008-09 season.
"Our fans will have many opportunities to watch BYU basketball this year," Rose said. "We appreciate the great support of our fans and believe we will have a team they will enjoy following."
2008-09 BYU Men's Basketball Schedule
Note: additional TV and game times to be announced later; times listed are local to site)
6 (Thurs.) Concordia University (exh.) Provo, Utah 7 p.m.
11 (Tues.) Georgetown College (exh.) Provo, Utah 7 p.m.
14 (Fri.) Long Beach State Provo, Utah 7 p.m.
18 (Tues.) Pepperdine Malibu, Calif. TBA
20-22 Basketball Travelers Invitational Provo, Utah TBA
20 (Thurs.) Rice vs. Cal Poly
BYU vs. North Florida
21 (Fri.) North Florida vs. Cal Poly
BYU vs. Rice
22 (Sat.) Rice vs. North Florida
BYU vs. Cal Poly
29 (Sat.) Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho 7 p.m.
3 (Wed.) Weber State Ogden, Utah 7 p.m.
6 (Sat.) v. Utah State (EnergySolutions Arena) Salt Lake City, Utah 4 p.m.
10 (Wed.) Boise State Provo, Utah 8 p.m., The Mtn.
13 (Sat.) Portland Provo, Utah 8 p.m., The Mtn.
20 (Sat.) Arizona State Phoenix, Ariz. TBA
23 (Tues.) Western Oregon Provo, Utah 7 p.m.
30 (Tues.) Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. 7 p.m.
3 (Sat.) Wake Forest Provo, Utah 6 p.m., The Mtn.
10 (Sat.) Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. 1 p.m., The Mtn.
13 (Tues.) TCU Provo, Utah 8 p.m., The Mtn.
17 (Sat.) New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 2 p.m., VERSUS
20/21 (Tues/Wed)UNLV Provo, Utah TBA, CBS C
24 (Sat.) San Diego State Provo, Utah 7 p.m., The Mtn.
27 (Tues.) Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 8 p.m., The Mtn.
31 (Sat.) Wyoming Provo, Utah 4 p.m., The Mtn.
3 (Tues.) Air Force USAFA, Colo. 6 p.m., The Mtn.
11 (Wed.) Colorado State Provo, Utah 6 p.m., The Mtn.
14 (Sat.) TCU Fort Worth, Texas 6:30 p.m., The Mtn.
17 (Tues.) New Mexico Provo, Utah 8 p.m., The Mtn.
21 (Sat.) UNLV Las Vegas, Nev. 8 p.m., CBS C
24 (Tues.) San Diego State San Diego, Calif. 7:30 p.m., The Mtn.
28 (Sat.) Utah Provo, Utah 3 p.m., CBS C
4 (Wed.) Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 6 p.m., The Mtn.
7 (Sat.) Air Force Provo, Utah 7 p.m., The Mtn.
11-14 (Wed-Sat) MWC Tournament Las Vegas, Nev.