The University of Utah basketball team will play its second and final exhibition game Wednesday night against a club team from Belgium.
The Belgian team includes two Americans - 6-foot-8 forward Butch Wade, a former University of Michigan player, and 6-4 guard Carl Henry, a former All-Big Eight guard and scoring champion for the University of Kansas. The team is coached by Aaron McCarthy, a former University of Utah graduate assistant coach and the son of former Weber State coach Neil.The Belgians will play all of the Utah schools in a span of one week (on Monday night they lost, 93-77, to Southern Utah State).
The Utes, who lost an exhibition game to Athletes in Action last week, will officially open the season on Nov. 24 against Cal-Davis.
"We still need a lot of work and we need to get healthy," says Utah coach Rick Majerus. " . . . We're sill behind where I'd like to be at this point because of all the injuries."
Paul Afeaki, Bryon Wilson and Craig Rydalch have missed considerable practice time this fall because of injuries.
Majerus will start Josh Grant, M'Kay McGrath, Larry Cain, Tyron Tate and Jimmy Soto Wednesday night. Soto did not play in last week's game, because Majerus had planned to redshirt him this season. But after watching his team's guard play in that game Majerus changed his mind.
"I thought Josh Grant played hard and looked much better," said Majerus of his team's outing against Athletes in Action. "Also, I was pleased with some of the things I saw in Tyrone Tate."