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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes guard Glen Dean (1) and Brigham Young Cougars guard Matt Carlino (10) battle for the ball in Provo Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. BYU won 61-58.

Is it basketball season yet?

For local college hoops fans, the answer to that question will soon be yes.

With opportunities to add resume-building wins to an NCAA tournament profile, non-conference play can be important for teams looking to make it to the big postseason stage.

Before this year's college basketball season ventures into 2014, there will be a handful of games involving local teams that should grab the interest of hoops fans throughout the state of Utah.

Here's a look at the most intriguing matchups for BYU, Utah, Utah State, UVU, Southern Utah and Weber State during the non-conference slate.

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