Southern Utah fans have three opportunities to get out to a Thunderbirds game this week with both basketball teams returning for their first pre-season games at home and football lining up for their last game for the regular season.
Men’s basketball will take on the San Jose State University Spartans in the America First Credit Union Event center on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The Thunderbirds are currently in last place in the Big Sky Conference with a 0-2 overall record, having lost to Oregon State University 82-99 and Boise State University 69-90 in the past week. Southern Utah did win 101-84 against Concordia University in an exhibition game earlier this month.
San Jose is currently in tenth place in the Mountain West Conference with a 1-1 overall record, one spot above Utah State University in last place. During regular season play, the Spartans topped the University of Antelope Valley 97-45 and fell to the University of San Diego 81-64. They won both of their exhibition games, beating the Dominican University of California 95-61 and Notre Dame de Namur University 90-40.
Last time the Thunderbirds and the Spartans faced off was Dec. 21, 2016 in San Jose where Southern Utah lost 82-92.
Thunderbird football will be hosting the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Eccles Coliseum for their last game of the regular season.
Both teams are tied for first in the Big Sky with a 6-1 conference record, Southern Utah with a 8-2 overall record and Northern Arizona with a 7-3 overall record. To read more about this “de facto conference championship” read Aaron Peterson’s preview here.
Women’s basketball will return home to face the Binghamton University Bearcats in the America First Credit Union Arena on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Southern Utah is currently in eleventh place with a 0-2 overall record, having lost to Brigham Young University 67-75 and the University of San Diego 59-72. The Thunderbirds did win their exhibition games, beating Northern New Mexico College 86-67 and Concordia University 82-62.
Binghamton ranks third in the America East Conference, with a 1-1 overall record. The Bearcats lost to Army West Point 61-73 and defeated SUNY Cortland 90-36. Binghamton has a game against the University of Pennsylvania tonight that could change their standings.
The Thunderbirds and the Bearcats women’s basketball do not have a game on record against each other between 1988 and 2016, it is not recorded if the schools faced each other in a season before 1988.
Tickets to this week’s home games can be purchased at tbirdtickets.com.
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