1. UVU men’s basketball gets national attention for “Toughest 24” trip, including scaring Kentucky

January 2, 2018 GMT

Utah Valley embarked on what might be considered the toughest 24 hours of basketball ever played in NCAA history as the team officially opened the season at No. 4/5 Kentucky on Nov. 10 and at consensus No. 1 Duke on Nov. 11.

The Wolverines went into the game at Kentucky unintimidated, leading the Wildcats by as many as 12 points in the second half. Kentucky, however, got a big 18 point run and ended up winning 73-63.

UVU had a tougher time the next night at Duke as the Blue Devils rolled to the 99-69 win.

The two games were a homecoming for two UVU coaches. Head coach Mark Pope, who as a player helped the Wildcats to a national title in 1996 under head coach Rick Pitino, while UVU assistant coach Chris Burgess who played for the Blue Devils for two seasons from 1997-99.