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Utah, BYU rivalry back on after one-year hiatus

Larry Krystkowiak

Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak directs his team against Fresno State in the first half of a first-round men’s college basketball game Thursday, March 17, 2016, in the NCAA Tournament in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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The BYU-Utah annual rivalry series will be back on this season after taking a one-year hiatus last year.

For just the second time since 1909, the Utes and the Cougars did not play in 2016-17 after Utah head coach Larry Kyrstkowiak asked for a one-year cooling off period stemming from an intense and emotional game against BYU in 2015-16. In that game, then-freshman Nick Emery was ejected as a result of this punch that he threw:

The last time those two teams did not play was due to World War II.

The game will be played at BYU on Dec. 16th.

Utah will also play Utah State this season, the first time that they have played the Aggies since 2011.