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Former U., Y. stars to face off on court

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Their hair is thinner, their waistlines are thicker and their basketball skills aren't exactly what they used to be.

But this is BYU vs. Utah.

Former hoop stars from both schools will face off tonight, July 14, (tip-off is at 7 p.m.) at the Huntsman Center in the fourth annual Legends Game. Tickets are $12, while children five and under get in free.

Among those scheduled to compete for the Cougars include Danny Ainge, Fred Roberts, Ken Roberts, Michael Smith, Nathan Call, Andy Toolson and Gary Trost. BYU will be coached by Brian Taylor.

Scheduled to play for the Utes are Tom Chambers, Manny Hendrix, Ben Caton, Jeff Judkins, Pace Mannion, Mitch Smith and Jimmy Soto. Jerry Pimm will coach Utah.

BYU will be trying to even the Legends Game series. The Utes won last year's showdown in Provo, 113-107, and also claimed victory in 1998. BYU triumphed the first game, in 1997, which was the last time Ainge played for the Cougars.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the Utah Tip Off Club.

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