Runnin’ Utes schedule almost complete with addition of home-and-home series with TCU
Utes will play Horned Frogs at the off-campus Dickies Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 8 and then host TCU at Vivint Arena in SLC in December 2022
The Utah men’s basketball schedule for the 2021-22 season is almost complete.
The Runnin’ Utes have only one more game to add, if they want it, after agreeing to a home-and-home series with TCU of the Big 12 earlier this week.
Both Utah-TCU games will be held at neutral sites not far from where the Utes and Horned Frogs usually play.
The first game will be Dec. 8 at Dickies Arena, a 14,000-seat venue located within the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Horned Frogs will return the trip to Salt Lake City next year and face the Utes at Vivint Arena, home of the Utah Jazz. A tentative date of Dec. 21, 2022, has been set for that game.
December’s game will mark the 21st meeting between the Utes and Frogs, who were former Mountain West Conference foes before Utah left for the Pac-12 and TCU left a couple years later for the Big 12. Tickets for this year’s game in Fort Worth go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. MDT on Ticketmaster.com.
The Utes lead the series 16-4, having gone 9-2 in SLC and 5-2 in Texas against TCU.
Utah won the last matchup, downing TCU 50-48 at the Huntsman Center in 2011, the Utes’ seventh-straight win in the series.
Having added Manhattan to its schedule last month (the Utes and Jaspers will meet on Dec. 11), Utah now has 10 nonconference games on the books.
The Utes open the season Nov. 9 against Abilene Christian. They will also play Sacramento State (Nov. 13) and Bethune Cookman (Nov. 15) before playing in the pre-Thanksgiving Sunshine Slam tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Utes return home to face BYU on Nov. 27 before starting Pac-12 ply on Dec. 1 at USC.
As for the Manhattan game added last month, it will be the first meeting between the Utes and Jaspers.
Manhattan is coached by Steve Masiello, who is in his 11th season at the helm and is the longest-tenured coach in the MAAC.