Men's Basketball Headed to Sioux Falls Thanksgiving Week
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As expected since the organizers of the Battle 4 Atlantis announced its cancelation this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Utah men's basketball team will instead head to Sioux Fall, S.D., to take part in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Nov. 25-27.
The original field that was headed to the Bahamas will play in the Sanford Pentagon (aka The Pentagon) with the exception of the Duke Blue Devils, who were replaced by the Dayton Flyers for the Thanksgiving week tournament. The remainder of the field includes, Creighton, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Utah, West Virginia and Wichita State.
Tickets will go on sale November 1, with a limited amount available for each game. Masks are required for all spectators and will be available for free at the door.
Utah's opening round opponent will be Creighton on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. (MT) on ESPN2. The Bluejays went 24-7 overall last season and won the Big East Conference with a 13-5 mark before COVID-19 shut down play across the country. The season-opener between the two programs will be just the second match-up between the two programs with Utah falling on the road in the lone meeting 36-32 back on Dec. 26, 1941.
Depending on the results from the opening game, Utah will play either Dayton or Wichita State on ESPN or ESPN2. The Flyers had one of the their best seasons as a program last year, posting a 29-2 overall record and went undefeated in Atlantic-10 action behind the play of consensus first-team All-American Obi Toppin. Dayton will also open the 2020-21 campaign with an NCAA leading 20-game win-streak. Wichita State went 23-8 overall last season with an 11-7 record in the American Athletic Conference.
Wednesday's announcement serves as the first solidified set of games for the Runnin' Utes since the Pac-12 CEO Group reinstated football and winter sports on Sept. 24. The start of the three-day tournament coincides with the nationwide start date of Nov. 25 for men's and women's basketball approved by the NCAA Division I Council back on Sept. 16.
Built in 2013, The Pentagon is the home of the Sioux Falls Skyforce – an NBA G League team for the Miami Heat. With a capacity of 3,200, The Pentagon has played host to a litany of NCAA Division I games as well as NCAA Division II Championship events in the sport of basketball and women's volleyball.