Utah basketball: AD Chris Hill optimistic Utes may get to host an NIT game
Tom Smart, Deseret News
LAS VEGAS — Utah’s next game could very well be Tuesday or Wednesday in the Huntsman Center against a yet-to-be determined opponent in the NIT. At 21-11 overall with an average attendance of 10,311 over 20 home dates, the Utes appear to be an attractive candidate in the tournament.
“We’ve put a really good effort into putting together a proposal to host a game and our team has played well this year,” said Utah athletics director Chris Hill. “You never know what’s going to happen. But I guess the bottom line is I’m optimistic this is going to happen.”
Planned renovations for the Huntsman Center, which won’t be completed until Oct. 15, are scheduled to begin March 20 — leaving the possibility of hosting a second-round NIT game in doubt.
Utah hasn't participated in postseason play since going to the NCAA tournament in 2009.
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