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Aggies, Cougars to keep hoops rivalry going

July 30, 2016 GMT

Utah State’s most frequently played opponent on the hardwood will continue to be BYU.

The Cougars and Aggies have worked out a deal to keep playing each other in men’s basketball at least through 2021. USU made the announcement late Friday morning.

“We are excited to continue our long standing rivalry with BYU,” Aggie head coach Tim Duryea said in a press release. “ (BYU) Coach (Dave) Rose and his staff have always understood the significance of the game between our institutions.”

The series will continue to be a home-and-home one with a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City in the mix. Vivint Smart Home Arena is where the Utah Jazz of the NBA play.

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The Aggies and Cougars will meet this upcoming season in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30. BYU will then visit Logan in 2017, followed by a road game for the Aggies in Provo in 2018. The teams will then meet in the Beehive Classic at Vivint Smart Home Arena in 2019, followed by a game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in 2020 and a contest in the Marriott Center in 2021.

“We are pleased to continue this series on a home-and-home basis,” Duryea said. “Annually, it is a highlight for our players, coaches, fans and students, and a game that both institutions look forward to.”

The Aggies and Cougars have played 232 times in men’s basketball. The series started during the 1905-06 season. BYU leads the all-time series, 140-92.

While the Mountain West Conference portion of the 2016-17 season has been released and USU plans to play in the Cancun Challenge in the early going of the upcoming season, the entire schedule is still being ironed out.

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