09242017

Utah cancels 2016 basketball game against BYU

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BYU guard Nick Emery dribbles the ball while Utah's Brandon Taylor defends him. Emery received a flagrant two foul after punching Taylor in the gut in Wednesday's night game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU guard Nick Emery dribbles the ball while Utah’s Brandon Taylor defends him. Emery received a flagrant two foul after punching Taylor in the gut in Wednesday’s night game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU basketball announced a change to the 2016–17 men’s basketball schedule after University of Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak told BYU coach Dave Rose that Utah would not play the 2016 contracted game scheduled at the Marriott Center.

“I disagree with the decision,” Rose said. “I know our students, our players, our fans and college basketball fans in the intermountain area want to see this long-standing rivalry continue.”

BYU athletics is working on replacing the game for the 2016–17 season.

The BYU-Utah rivalry began in 1909 and has taken place every year except for a break in 1944 for World War II. BYU and Utah’s rivalry is ranked the seventh longest college basketball rivalry according to the NCAA record book.

The two teams last met on Dec. 3, 2015 at the Huntsman Center. Utah defeated BYU 83–75 in a heated game. BYU freshman Nick Emery was thrown out of the game on a flagrant two foul after punching Utah’s Brandon Taylor.

“I actually saw it live,”said Krystkowiak in the press conference following the game. “I saw him basically punch Brandon (Taylor) and tell him to stay on the ground after he punched him.”

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