BYU’s nonconference basketball schedule is taking shape.
The Sanford Pentagon announced Thursday that it will host a game between the Cougars and Creighton in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Dec. 11.
“We’re thrilled to be able to face Creighton in a big-time, nonconference matchup,” BYU coach Mark Pope said. “Coach McDermott does an incredible job with that program, and their resume speaks for itself. This should be a great challenge for our team and an absolute blast for Cougar Nation. BYU vs. Creighton — let’s go!”
Creighton reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Bluejays, led by coach Greg McDermott, posted a 22-9 record in 2020-21. While Creighton is replacing all five of its starters from last season, it landed a recruiting class ranked No. 5 in the nation, including freshman Mason Miller, son of former NBA player Mike Miller.
“We’re excited to play BYU at the Sanford Pentagon in December,” McDermott said. “The folks at Sanford Health run first-class events and the Pentagon is an incredible facility. Our fans will love the proximity and the chance to play a well-coached team that’s finished in the top 25 the past two seasons. It is a great game for our young team.”
The Sports Network LLC facilitated the efforts to create this matchup at the Sanford Pentagon.
“We can’t wait to finally bring Creighton to the Pentagon — they’ve been a coveted target for many years,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for Sanford Sports. “And to have BYU as the opponent — we couldn’t ask for more.”
Ticket prices and availability plus broadcast information will be announced later.
The Sanford Pentagon is a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility that houses nine basketball courts. It seats 3,200 fans.
Later in December, BYU will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Dec. 22, 23 and 25. The Cougars will face South Florida in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.