LOGAN – It’s been a long time since the Utes and Aggies have met on the hardwood. The last time the two teams competed against each other was the 2010-11 season when Utah State beat their rival by 17 points in the Spectrum.
There is still no game scheduled, but there will be some basketball bragging rights on the line Saturday. Each school has an unofficial “alumni team” in The Basketball Tournament. The Utah State Stallions will be representing Utah State University, while the Utes will be represented by Team Utah. The two teams will play each other Saturday at 4 p.m. in the first round of The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team nationwide tournament with $2 million on the line.
On The Basketball Tournament’s <a href=”http://bracket.thetournament.com/#/” target=”_blank”>website</a> the matchup was described as “a game that will be all about which team can most expertly pick apart the other’s weaknesses.”
“Lack of familiarity is not an issue here. These teams know each other well. Team Utah will feature incredible outside shooting, led by Shaun Green. If he’s hot from the outside, Team Utah could be up big early,” the website states.
Before the two were paired together, Stallion Sean Harris talked about the possibility of playing Team Utah. He said the teams have played each other before, but on a much smaller stage.
“We hope that we get matched up with them eventually,” Harris said. “It would be a lot of fun to play with them. We know a lot of those guys that are on Team Utah so it would just be a great time to go at them, to play against them and to see who could bring it.”
In order to get into the tournament, a team needed to collect enough votes to become eligible. The smack talk between the Stallions and Team Utah started there. Team Utah, trying to get votes, asked their fans on Twitter to help “the best team in Utah” get into The Basketball Tournament.”
Someone on the Stallions took notice.
“*2nd best team in Utah. #Amirite?” the Stallions responded.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Click in the link in our bio and go vote and help the best team in Utah represent in 2016 TBT <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBT?src=hash”>#TBT</a> #2016 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/teamutah?src=hash”>#teamutah</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/basketball?src=hash”>#basketball</a>
— Team utah (@team_utah) <a href=”https://twitter.com/team_utah/status/718451015306100736″>April 8, 2016</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”in” xml:lang=”in” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/team_utah”>@team_utah</a> *2nd best team in Utah. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Amirite?src=hash”>#Amirite</a>? <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/UtahStStallions?src=hash”>#UtahStStallions</a>
— Utah State Stallions (@UtahStStallions) <a href=”https://twitter.com/UtahStStallions/status/718555978107527168″>April 8, 2016</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/UtahStStallions”>@UtahStStallions</a> come on now the little brothers from up north! We all know who is on top in the state.. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utahutes?src=hash”>#utahutes</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utahalum?src=hash”>#utahalum</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/littlebrother?src=hash”>#littlebrother</a>
— Team utah (@team_utah) <a href=”https://twitter.com/team_utah/status/718557262244134913″>April 8, 2016</a></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>
The Twitter smack talk continued on and off for the next couple of weeks, but if the Logan boys are going to back it up and beat their rivals, they’ll have to do it without one of their top players. Spencer Butterfield, who played with Aggies from 2012 to 2014, is currently playing with the Utah Jazz’s summer league team.
The game will be streamed live on thetournament.com.