BYU will take on Utah in the Deseret Duel tomorrow at 12 p.m. MST. The Cougars and Utes have face each other in basketball every year since the 1908-09 season with the exception of the war-shortened 1943-44 season.
While the fact that tomorrow’s game is important for in-state bragging rights and points in the Deseret Duel, some things have changed. For starters, this marks the first time since 1917-18 that the schools will be playing each other as members of different conferences. Utah is now in the Pac 12 and BYU in the West Coast Conference.
Saturday’s game will also be the first December meeting between the schools in the history of the series. In fact, every BYU and Utah matchup has taken place in January, February and March. There has never been a men’s basketball game between the institutions in any other month.
One other change is that the Cougars and Utes have battled at least twice in every season since the 1920-21 season. This season and the 1919-20 are the only full seasons since 1907-08 that BYU and Utah will only play once.
All that being said, there is a lot on the line on Saturday as the Cougars look to continue a three-game winning streak during which they’ve played their best basketball of the season. Utah is looking to shake a 1-7 start and garner some momentum before they begin Pac 12 play next month.
If you’re a BYU fan and live in the area, get some tickets and help make the Cougars feel comfortable in the Huntsman Center.