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Utah basketball’s conference schedule shuffled after COVID-19 forced postponement

The Runnin’ Utes will play a Pac-12 rival two months earlier than previously scheduled

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Utah’s Mikael Jantunen, front, and Southern California’s Isaiah Mobley fight for position during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. USC won 64-46. 

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Utah men’s basketball team will still play the No. 17 Oregon Ducks this week, but not when expected.

The Pac-12 released an altered version of Utah’s conference schedule Wednesday night, after Utah’s contest against Oregon State was postponed due to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols.

The Runnin’ Utes will now play the Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. MST on Pac-12 Networks. Then on Monday, Jan. 11, Utah will face off against Colorado at a time yet to be determined.

Utah was previously scheduled to play Colorado on March 6, but the Beavers’ COVID-19 struggles resulted in a canceled game for the Buffaloes as well.

Additionally, Utah’s game against Stanford on Wednesday, Jan. 13, has been pushed back to Thursday, Jan. 14, at a time to be determined on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

The tweaks to the schedule were made in an attempt to allow the final week of the regular season to serve as makeup week of sorts, to combat future postponements.

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Utah vs. #17 Oregon

Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Utah vs. Colorado

Monday, Jan. 11 at TBD

TV: Pac-12 Networks

 Utah vs. Stanford

Thursday, Jan. 14 at TBD