For the second time in three days, the University of Utah Runnin' Utes will play an NCAA Division II school in the Huntsman Center. Tonight's opponent: Seattle Pacific University (tipoff: 7:35).
The Falcons, who return nine lettermen from a team that finished 15-13 last year, are 2-2 so far this season.The Utes are 1-0 after opening the season Saturday night with a 106-72 victory over the University of California-Davis.
"Seattle Pacific will be more difficult for us," said Ute Coach Rick Majerus. "They have a couple of Brazilian players who are very good."
One of them is 6-foot-8 center Caio Silveria, a former College of Southern Idaho player who averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game last season for Seattle Pacific.
The other Brazilian is 6-6 forward Sergio Gomez, another former CSI player who averaged 6.4 points last year.
The Falcons also will start Clay Swartz, a 6-foot-6 junior transfer who averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds per game last year for Cerritos, Calif., Junior College.
One of the Falcons' top players, David Clark, will miss tonight's game because of an ankle injury.
A couple of Utah's top players - M'Kay McGrath and Phil Dixon - might see only limited action tonight because of injuries.