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BYU, UVU Renew Crosstown Clash With Three-Game Basketball Series

Feb 20, 2020, 9:35 AM | Updated: 9:36 am
Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) goes to work on Utah Valley Wolverines forward Isaa...
Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) goes to work on Utah Valley Wolverines forward Isaac Neilson (22) as UVU and BYU play a college basketball game in the UCCU Center at UVU in Orem, Utah, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. BYU won 85-58. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – BYU and Utah Valley University’s “Crosstown Clash” in men’s basketball is set to be renewed next season.

UVU announced on Thursday a new three-game series with the Cougars that will begin in Provo on November 28th, 2020. BYU will then travel down University Parkway to take on the Wolverines at the UCCU Center in 2021, with the series concluding in Provo in 2022.

Current BYU head coach Mark Pope was the head coach at UVU the past five seasons before becoming the lead man in Provo. Pope and BYU are currently in the midst of a potential NCAA Tournament at-large bid campaign with a 21-7 record.

Utah Valley is coached by Mark Madsen, a former NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers, who is in his first year as a college head coach.

“We are excited to play a top-notch program in BYU,” said Madsen. “I love in-state games because they are great for the community, the fans, and players from both teams.”

Since UVU became a Division 1 program in 2003, BYU and the Wolverines have met four previous times with BYU holding a 3-1 lead in the series. In 2016, Utah Valley pulled off one of the biggest wins in the history of its program defeating BYU 114-101 at the Marriott Center in 2016.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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