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Utah cancels 2016 basketball game with BYU over rivalry's escalating tensions
1:13 | College Basketball
Utah cancels 2016 basketball game with BYU over rivalry's escalating tensions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) BYU says Utah has canceled the rivals' contracted basketball game scheduled for Provo next season.

BYU coach Dave Rose said Wednesday that he's disappointed in the decision and believes the rivalry should continue.

There was controversy at the end of this season's game when BYU guard Nick Emery was kicked out for throwing a punch and was suspended for a game by the West Coast Conference. Utah won the game 83-75 in Salt Lake.

The series dates to 1909 and has only not been played once, in 1944 due to World War II. BYU leads the series 129-128.

Utah dropped BYU from the football schedule the last two seasons. The two programs met in the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl and are scheduled to face each other again in 2016.

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