PROVO The Cougars will open up the 2004-05 basketball season against ACC power North Carolina on prime time national TV in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Nov. 22 at Chaminade University in Lahaina, the Deseret Morning News has learned.
The Cougars and Tar Heels are part of an eight-team field that includes Iowa, Louisville, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and host Chaminade. The tournament runs Nov. 22-24.
"The players are stoked about playing North Carolina, and it's driving them right now in the off-season," according to one member of the staff. "They couldn't ask for a better opening game against a great opponent, and the TV exposure has them excited."
BYU's schedule, soon to be released, will include a rematch with North Carolina State in the Marriott Center, showdowns with three Pac-10 teams including a game against Washington State in the Delta Center, a pair of games with Utah State and games with Boise State, St. Mary's and Weber State.The Delta Center game comes after a successful 2003 game against Oklahoma State that drew the second-largest crowd for the Cougars last season and was the largest crowd to watch a college game outside of Provo in Utah.