So many games. So many memorable moments.

The BYU-Utah basketball series is the 10th longest rivalry in the country, in terms of most games played, and the 11th longest rivalry dating back to 1909. The Utes lead the all-time series, 124-118.

Over the last 20 years, BYU and Utah have met 48 times, producing a slew of emotional, dramatic games — among the best in the rivalry's storied history. As the Cougars and Utes get set to renew their rivalry Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center, here's a list of 10 of those contests — in chronological order.

DATE: March 8, 1990

SITE: El Paso, Texas

FINAL SCORE: Utah 62, BYU 61 (OT)

WHAT HAPPENED: In the first round of the WAC Tournament, the Utes upset the Cougars in what was the first time coach Rick Majerushad watched his team play in person since undergoing seven-bypass heart surgery in mid-December. Guard Tommy Conner buried a game-winning 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining in overtime.

DATE: March 9, 1991

SITE: Laramie, Wyo.

FINAL SCORE: BYU 51, Utah 49 (OT)

WHAT HAPPENED: In their third meeting in three weeks, the Cougars and Utes staged a low-scoring classic, with BYU winning the WAC Tournament championship. With just seconds remaining in overtime, Utah's Tyrone Tate found himself all alone under the basket but he missed an easy layup that would have sent the game into a second overtime.

DATE: Feb. 20, 1992

SITE: Marriott Center

FINAL SCORE: BYU 58, Utah 56

WHAT HAPPENED: With nine seconds remaining, and the scored tied 56-56, Cougar point guard Nate Call dribbled almost the length of the court before penetrating into the lane, and going up for a shot. As three Ute defenders collapsed on him, Call dished the ball to Gary Trost, who scored an uncontested layup.

DATE: Jan. 9, 1993

SITE: Marriott Center

FINAL SCORE: Utah 54, BYU 53

WHAT HAPPENED: With less than 10 seconds remaining, the Utes in possession and trailing by one, the ball wound up in the hands of Phil Dixon, who had missed his first nine shots from the floor. Dixon drilled a 12-foot, game-winning, fall-away jumper in the lane with two Cougar defenders in his face.

DATE: Jan. 8, 1994

SITE: Huntsman Center

FINAL SCORE: BYU 64, Utah 62

WHAT HAPPENED: Down by one with 16 seconds left, and three seconds remaining on the shot clock, Cougar true freshman Robbie Reid drilled a 24-foot 3-pointer. It was the last time BYU defeated Utah at the Huntsman Center.

DATE: March 2, 1996

SITE: Marriott Center

FINAL SCORE: Utah 96, BYU 85

WHAT HAPPENED: Future NBA first-round draft pick Keith Van Horn scored 38 points as the Utes claimed the WAC regular season championship. Van Horn finished 9-for-12 from the field, 4-for-6 from 3-point range and 16-for-16 from the foul line.

DATE: March 10, 2000

SITE: Las Vegas, Nev.

FINAL SCORE: BYU 58, Utah 54

WHAT HAPPENED: In the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinals at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Cougars ended a five-year, 12-game losing streak to the Utes. The Cougars benefited from the play of an unlikely hero, forward Eric Nielsen, who scored 17 points.

DATE: Feb. 23, 2002

SITE: Marriott Center

FINAL SCORE: BYU 63, Utah 61

WHAT HAPPENED: Trailing by 21 points with just under 19 minutes remaining, the Cougars mounted a furious second-half rally to shock the Utes. Nielsen hit the game-winning, 15-foot jump shot with 25 seconds left.

DATE: Jan. 25, 2003

SITE: Marriott Center

FINAL SCORE: Utah 79, BYU 75

WHAT HAPPENED: With Majerus absent — he was attending a funeral — acting head coach Kerry Rupp guided the Utes to a victory that snapped the Cougars' nation-leading 44-game home-court winning streak.

DATE: Jan. 31, 2005

SITE: Marriott Center

FINAL SCORE: Utah 72, BYU 57

WHAT HAPPENED: After battling a severe migraine headache during the day, Ute star Andrew Bogut was ready to play by the 10 p.m. tipoff. The future No. 1 NBA draft pick ended up scoring 20 points as Utah broke open a close game in the second half. Bogut was also involved in an altercation in the final minutes that resulted in three technical fouls.

More classic games in the storied rivalry

Here's a brief rundown of some other significant games in rivalry history:

1962 — Utah defeated BYU 106-101 in Provo as Ute star Billy McGill poured in 60 points.

1966 — BYU's 94-93 triumph over Utah in Salt Lake served as a prelude to the Cougars going on to win the NIT and the Utes reaching the NCAA Final Four.

1968 — Utah won 91-89 in Salt Lake as the Utes' Merv Jackson's steal and ensuing basket sealed the victory.

1976 — With the score tied 74-74, Utah's Jeff Judkins shot an air ball. Teammate Buster Matheney caught it and scored on an apparent offensive goaltend that was not called to secure a 76-74 Ute win in Salt Lake.

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1981 — BYU crushed Utah, 95-76, before the largest crowd (23,106) to witness a game at the Marriott Center in Danny Ainge's final game in Provo. Over the next couple of weeks, the Cougars reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

1983 — Utah defeated BYU, 64-62, in Provo in a triple overtime affair that gave the Utes a share of the conference title and an NCAA bid.

1985 — Utah edged the Cougars again in Provo in triple overtime, 86-85, on freshman Bobby Adair's last-second shot.


Mike Sorensen contributed to this story.

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