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In December or February, Utah State still a big rival for BYU basketball players


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The last time Utah State and BYU played, they opened the 2011-12 season against each other in Logan. The Aggies took a 69-62 win, although both teams made 22 field goals. USU made two more three-pointers and five more free throws in a rather ugly game that featured 38 turnovers.

The only USU player who played in that game who will play Tuesday night is Jordan Stone, a backup post player from Sky View High. Stone scored one point in three minutes.

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For BYU, Davies had 13 while being derided the entire game by the USU crowd.

Brock Zylstra was forced to play point guard because Matt Carlino was not yet eligible, and he struggled, to say the least. Zylstra committed five turnovers.

"Yes, I definitely do [remember it]," Zylstra said Monday. "That was a rough one over there."

Zylstra will play at the four (power forward) spot on Tuesday as coach Dave Rose goes with the same starting lineup he used in the Portland game. That means Craig Cusick will start again at the two spot and Josh Sharp will come off the bench at the four.

"I think we will try to build on the momentum we got the other night. I think we played well. We have kind of gone to individual matchups, as far as game-to-game, at times. But I think with the quick turnaround, this is a good way to go," Rose said.

Frankly, I was surprised that Rose agreed to reschedule the game for this date, seeing as how the Cougars travel to Saint Mary's on Thursday. But Zylstra and Davies both said they feel like it comes at a good time.


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"I think it is a good time for us," Zylstra said. "Instead of having the full week of rest before playing on a Thursday, I think it is good to play this game, to play a spirited game, an emotional game for all of us to keep our mindset of attacking and being on attack at all times on offense and defense.... I mean it is always a big game for us, regardless of whether it is the first game of the year, like it was last year, or the last game of the year. I think both teams will be ready to play."

Does Zylstra consider Utah State as big a rival as Utah?

"I think it is pretty similar, in a way. They are both talented programs, they both have a lot of history. It is always going to be a fight. So I don't know if you can look back at the past of the scores of all these games, Utah and Utah State against BYU, but I am sure they are all tight. Most of them are under 10 for the most part. Everybody is ready to play."



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