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Wichita State, San Diego State, Duke highlight Utah’s non-conference slate

Larry Krystkowiak

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Utah has released their non-conference, and while it’s not quite as strong as, say, UCLA or Kentucky, it’s enough that the Utes will be challenged a number of times prior to Pac-12 play.

San Diego State will be a borderline top 25 program in the preseason, but with Malik Pope returning to school, they’ll have a potential lottery pick on their roster. BYU is a rivalry game for the Utes, and taking on Duke in the Garden and making a return trip to Wichita State will both be must-see games in December. Throw in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, and Larry Krystkowiak’s club should be able to put together a strong profile come March.

Here is the full schedule:

Nov. 13 Southern Utah
Nov. 16 San Diego State (ESPN Tip-Off Marathon)
Nov. 19--Nov. 22 (Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which includes Miami, Butler, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Temple, Missouri State)
Nov. 27 Idaho State
Dec. 2 Brigham Young
Dec. 5 IPFW
Dec. 12 at Wichita State
Dec. 16 Savannah State
Dec. 19 vs. Duke (at Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 22 Delaware State
Dec. 28 TBA in Salt Lake City