BYU basketball announces nonconference schedule for 2017–18 season


BYU guard Elijah Bryant sets for a play in the Marriott Center. He is one of 10 returning players on BYU’s basketball team for the 2017–18 season. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announced the Cougars’ nonconference schedule for the 2017–18 season on Tuesday afternoon.

As part of its nonconference schedule, BYU will play four in-state opponents: Utah, Utah Valley University, Utah State and Weber State. Of these in-state competitions, the Cougars first take on UVU, a team that upset the Cougars last year with a 114–101 Marriott Center victory, in the Crosstown Clash on Nov. 29 at the UCCU Center.

The Cougars then take the short trip to Logan, Utah on Dec. 2 to play Utah State. A week later, BYU meets Weber State in the first ever Beehive Classic, which features the four Utah teams BYU will play during the season at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Then on Dec. 16 the Deseret Duel returns to Provo after a one-year hiatus. BYU leads the all-time series 129–128.

Overall, BYU’s nonconference schedule includes seven home games, three road games and three neutral site games. Eight of BYU’s nonconference opponents played in the postseason in 2017.

Outside of Utah, the Cougars will participate in the Barclay’s Center Classic where they will play both Alabama and UMass.

UT Arlington returns to the Marriott Center on Nov. 18, just eight months after upsetting the Cougars in the NIT Tournament. The Cougars will also take on a No. 1 seed from 2017’s NIT Tournament; BYU plays Illinois State on Dec. 6 at the Marriott Center.

Per usual, the Cougars will open its preseason with the annual Cougar Tipoff on Oct. 25, and continue with back-to-back Wednesday exhibition games, Nov. 1 (Westminster) and Nov. 8 (Colorado College). See the entire nonconference schedule below.

Nonconference Schedule

Oct. 25: Cougar Tipoff – Marriott Center
Nov. 1: Westminster – Marriott Center
Nov. 8: Colorado College – Marriott Center
Nov. 11: Mississippi Valley State – Marriott Center
Nov. 15: at Princeton – Jadwin Gymnasium
Nov. 18: UT Arlington – Marriott Center
Nov. 21: Niagara – Marriott Center
Nov. 24: vs. Alabama (Barclay’s Center Classic) – Barclay’s Center
Nov. 25: vs. UMass (Barclay’s Center Classic) – Barclay’s Center
Nov. 29: at Utah Valley – UCCU Center
Dec. 2: at Utah State – Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
Dec. 6: Illinois State – Marriott Center
Dec. 9: vs. Weber State (Beehive Classic) – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 16: Utah – Marriott Center
Dec. 21: Idaho State – Marriott Center
Dec. 23: Texas Southern – Marriott Center

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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