Wolf Pack Add Utah to Challenging Non-Conference Schedule

Wolf Pack Add Utah to Challenging Non-Conference Schedule

University of Nevada head men's basketball coach Eric Musselman continues to fill in the Wolf Pack's difficult non-conference schedule with the addition of Utah for the 2018-19 season.   Nevada will play at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake on Saturday, Dec. 29.  The Utes join Arizona State and USC as the third Pac-12 opponent the Pack will play this season.  Utah will return the game in 2019-20 playing in Reno.

The Pack has already announced non-conference games at USC and a home game with Akron.  Neutral site games with Arizona State in Los Angeles and against Grand Canyon in Phoenix are also on the 2018-19 schedule. 

"Our series versus Utah is something we had been planning since the day we took the job," Musselman said.  "To set up a home-and-home with a strong Pac-12 opponent in Utah is great for our program and community. Coach Krystkowiak has done a tremendous job building the program. To finish in the top four in the Pac-12 the last four seasons, making a Sweet 16 in 2015, and being the NIT runner up last season is truly special. Playing on the road at Utah will be a great test for our program as we know it is one of the best venues in college basketball."
Utah posted a 23-12 record last season and went 11-7 in conference play to finish in a tie for third place in the Pac-12.  The Utes have won all 10 meetings in the series with Nevada.  The last game was an 83-75 Utah victory on Dec. 22, 1987 in Salt Lake.  Each school has hosted five of the games in the series. 

The Utes reached the championship of the NIT falling to Penn State in the title game last season.  Utah posted a 4-1 postseason record to advance to the NIT championship.