5 p.m. PST - Tuesday, November 13
Bank of America Arena
Radio: Utah Sports Radio Network
Mike Lageschulte (play-by-play); Mark Rydalch (color analyst)
Internet: www.UtahUtes.com live audio, live stats
Series History: Utah leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Utah 80, High Point 44 (Dec. 28, 2005)
Utah Opens NIT Season Tip-Off Tuesday vs. High Point
The University of Utah men's basketball team will play its first-round contest in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off tournament Tuesday evening in Seattle. The Runnin' Utes will face off with High Point in the first West Region contest at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash.
The winner of the Utah-High Point matchup will face the winner of Washington-New Jersey Institute of Technology. The team which comes through the West Region of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament will move on to New York's Madison Square Garden for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 21 and 23.
Utah comes into the tournament off an 86-52 victory over South Carolina Upstate in the season-opener Friday. Meanwhile, High Point dropped a 61-55 decision to the Charlotte 49ers in its opener Friday. Arizona Reid scored 26 points for High Point, while Mike Jefferson added 11 in the Panthers' loss.
Utah hosted High Point on Dec. 28, 2005 and picked up an 80-44 victory at the Huntsman Center.
Runnin' Ute Fast Breaks
Utah is now 76-24 overall in season-openers. The Utes have now won 11 of their last 12 season-openers.
Utah scored 86 points in its season-opener against South Carolina Upstate. The Utes only reached 80 points in regulation four times last season.
Utah held South Carolina Upstate to 52 points Friday. The Runnin' Utes did not hold a single 2006-07 opponent to less than 55 points.
Utah's last time in the NIT Season Tip-Off (then called the Preseason NIT) was 2003-04, when the Utes hosted first- and second-round games in Salt Lake City. The Utes defeated Georgia State (46-38) and Minnesota (66-54) to advance to New York, where they lost to Texas Tech and Connecticut.
The nine freshmen and sophomores who played last season accounted for 66.2 percent of Utah's points, 82.7 percent of its rebounds, 65.1 percent of its assists and 67.3 percent of its minutes.
The Utes lost seven games by one possession and one more by four points in 2006-07.