The Weber State men’s basketball team announced their 2022-23 final schedule Friday, a road-heavy slate anchored in the West, the bulk of which was already known through previous Standard-Examiner reports.
The Wildcats will play seven road games in non-conference play, including early season trips to Washington State, Colorado State and late December against Utah State and BYU. WSU also plays Tarleton State on the road (a 2020-21 series comeback game signed at short notice), a buy-out game at Cal Baptist and a contest at Cal Poly.
Arranged by the Big Sky Conference, Cal Poly is an attempt to link the basketball games of Big Sky members with the two affiliate members of football (Cal Poly and UC Davis). Mustangs should bring the game back to Ogden next season.
Weber State is playing a multi-team event in the greater Las Vegas area this season called Vegas 4, possibly providing some fans with a unique travel opportunity that isn’t available often. 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 houses the Big West Conference basketball tournament.
The wildcat’s short schedule begins with an exhibition against Adams State, WSU host sees Utah Tech on a return trip from last season, and Division II opponents Western Colorado and St. Martin (Washington) come to the center of the D events.
“Our non-conference schedule has been a major challenge this year, as matches postponed over the past few years due to COVID have resulted in more matches on the road than usual,” said Eric Doft, Head Coach of the Year One, in a statement. “It is a challenge we fully embrace and know will prepare us for the Big Sky conference schedule. We will attack it and expect to do well.”
In-state gaming may increase in the coming years; Utah continues to avoid in-state games almost entirely, and Webber has been unable to arrange dates with Utah Valley or Southern Utah this season.
Nonconference runs from November 7 to December 22. Big Sky’s 18-game schedule begins December 29 with a home stay against northern Colorado and northern Arizona.
Although the conference slate is only 18 games instead of 20 (with Southern Utah leaving), the cancellation of the conference series in early December and the raising of the Big Sky tournament schedule to demand better TV windows means teams will be playing twice on Monday games while the conference is in play.
According to the WSU schedule page online, home conference games are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday games, apart from the afternoon game on New Year’s Eve.
The Wildcats brought back five players from last year’s squad, including All-Big Sky player Dillon Jones and senior Zaher Porter. WSU also brought in four Division I transfers: senior guard Junior Ballard (Fresno State), rookie guard Stephen Verblankin Jr. (Southern Illinois), freshman guard Keith Dinwiddy Jr. (San Diego State), and freshman center red jersey Handje Tamba (Tennessee) .
2022-23 men’s basketball schedule
November 2: Opposite Adams State (Gallery)
November 7: in Washington
November 10: Opposite Western Colorado
November 14: in Colorado
November 21: Opposite University of California Riverside (Vegas 4)
November 22: vs. Abilene Christian (Vegas 4)
November 23: opposite Wright State (Vegas 4)
November 29: in Tarlton
December 3: opposite Utah Tech
December 7: In Cal Baptiste
December 10: opposite Saint Martin
December 17: in Cal Poly
December 19: in Utah
December 22: in BYU
December 29: opposite northern Colorado
December 31: Opposite Northern Arizona
January 7: opposite Idaho
January 12: in Montana
January 14: in Montana
January 19Opposite Portland State
January 21: opposite Sacramento
January 26: in Idaho
January 28: in eastern Washington
February 4: in Idaho
February 6: in northern Colorado
February 9: opposite the state of Montana
February 11: opposite Montana
February 16: in Sacramento
February 18: in Portland
February 23: In front of East Washington
February 25: opposite Idaho
February 27: in northern Arizona
4-8 March: Big Sky Tournament, Boise ID