Weber State Men’s Basketball Finalizes Busy 2022-23 Schedule | News, Sports, Jobs


Bridget Mayfield, EWU Athletics

Weber State players rally during a game against Eastern Washington Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Cheney, Wash.

Weber State men’s basketball on Friday announced a finalized 2022-23 schedule, a Western-heavy slate, much of which was already known via previous Standard-Examiner reports.

The Wildcats will play seven non-conference road games, including early season trips to Washington and Colorado State and late December games against Utah State and BYU. WSU is also playing Tarleton State on the road (a 2020-21 series rematch signed on short notice), a buyout game at Cal Baptist, and a contest at Cal Poly.

The Cal Poly game was hosted by the Big Sky Conference, an effort to connect basketball games for full Big Sky members with the two football affiliates (Cal Poly and UC Davis). The Mustangs are expected to return the game to Ogden next season.

Weber State is hosting a multi-team event in the greater Las Vegas area this season called Vegas 4, perhaps giving some fans a unique travel opportunity that isn’t often available. Just before Thanksgiving, WSU will face UC Riverside, Abilene Christian and Wright State at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada, a new arena that hosts the Big West Conference basketball tournament.

The Wildcats’ short home schedule opens with exhibition against Adams State, sees WSU host Utah Tech on a return trip from last season, and Division II opponents Western Colorado and Saint Martin’s (Washington) come to the Dee Events Center.

“Our non-conference schedule is very challenging this year as postponed games over the past few years due to COVID have resulted in more road games than normal,” first-year head coach Eric Duft said in a statement. “It’s a challenge we fully embrace and we know it will prepare us for the Big Sky Conference schedule. We are going to attack him and we expect to do well.

Gaming in the state could increase in coming years; Utah continues to almost completely avoid playing games in the state, and Weber was unable to arrange dates with Utah Valley or Southern Utah this season.

Non-conference play runs from November 7 through December 22. Big Sky’s 18-game schedule begins Dec. 29 with a homestand against Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona.

Although the conference slate is only 18 games down from 20 (with Southern Utah leaving), the elimination of the early December conference series and the advancement of the Big Sky tournament schedule to claim better TV windows means teams will play a few Mondays. games during conference play.

According to WSU’s online schedule page, home conference games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday games, except for an afternoon game on New Year’s Eve.

The Wildcats are bringing back five players from last year’s team, including All-Big Sky player Dillon Jones and senior Zahir Porter. WSU also brought four Division-I transfers: senior guard Junior Ballard (Fresno State), junior guard Steven Verplancken Jr. (Southern Illinois), sophomore guard Keith Dinwiddie Jr. (San Diego) and redshirt freshman center Handje Tamba (Tennessee).

MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2022-23

November 2: vs. Adams State (exhibition)

November 7: in Washington

November 10: vs. Colorado West

November 14: in the state of Colorado

21 November: vs. UC Riverside (Vegas 4)

November 22: against Abilene Christian (Vegas 4)

November 23: vs. Wright State (Vegas 4)

November 29: at Tarleton State

December 3: vs. Utah Tech

December 7: at Cal Baptist

December 10: vs Saint Martin

December 17: at Cal Poly

December 19: in the state of Utah

December 22: at BYU

December 29: vs. Northern Colorado

December 31st: vs. Northern Arizona

January 7: vs Idaho State

January 12: in Montana

January 14: in the state of Montana

January 19: vs. Portland State

January the 21st: vs. Sacramento State

January 26: in Idaho

January 28: east of Washington

February 4: in the state of Idaho

February 6: north of Colorado

February 9: vs. Montana State

February 11th: against Montana

February 16: at Sacramento State

February 18: in Portland State

February 23: against eastern Washington

February 25: against Idaho

February 27: north of Arizona

March 4-8: Big Sky Tournament, Boise ID



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