There are still five regular season games left in the Utah State men's basketball season, but Aggie fans can start to get excited about the season opener for the 2011-12 campaign.
It's not official, as contracts still need to be signed, but USU head coach Stew Morrill announced Tuesday at the end of his weekly press conference the Aggies will continue to play BYU. In fact, the Cougars, who are currently ranked seventh and eighth in the two Top 25 polls, will be coming to Logan this fall.
"It's not finalized, but it appears that we will open with BYU next year in Logan and play at their place on opening day the following year," Morrill said. "That's the only time they could fit it into their schedule. That's what we're doing."
No date has been set. It will be early November at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
"We definitely wanted to continue the series on a home-and-home basis," Morrill said. "... We'll see how it goes long term. We are glad that we have a home-and-home with them coming up.
"I think from their perspective, playing Utah State is not a priority. I understand that. For us, we love the in-state rivalries. ... I appreciate BYU sticking with it and playing this game."
BYU leads the all-time series with USU, 136-91. The Cougars won the last meeting back on Nov. 17, in Provo, 78-72. The Aggies have played BYU more than any other opponent in school history.
Second on the most-played list for USU is the University of Utah. The Utes and Aggies will not be playing next season, as Utah is moving to the Pac 10 Conference.
"The Utah thing is gone for now," Morrill said. "It was really important to me that we continue with BYU. Hopefully the Utah game will come back at some point."
The Utes lead the all-time series with the Aggies, 130-93. USU beat Utah in Logan last November, 79-62.