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BYU basketball to play in annual Beehive Classic with Utah, Weber State and Utah State

A long-desired Utah college hoops showcase is on its way.

2016 NIT Championship - Semifinals Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

BYU basketball, along with the Utah Jazz and participating schools, announced it will participate in the Beehive Classic each December at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Starting in 2017, BYU joins Utah, Weber State and Utah State for a one-day doubleheader at the home of the Jazz. The schedule rotates so over the course of three years, each team plays each other once.

12/9/2017: BYU vs. Weber State, Utah State vs. Utah
12/8/2018: BYU vs. Utah, Utah State vs. Weber State
12/14/2019: BYU vs. Utah State, Weber State vs. Utah

The event builds what BYU has already done with USU and WSU into a yearly showcase. The Cougars had already begun mixing in an SLC game with those two schools.

According to a report from longtime VTF writer (and Standard-Examiner reporter) Brett Hein, who spoke with Jazz president Steve Starks and Weber’s AD, the expectation is that schools will build their usual home and home series around their Beehive Classic games, essentially creating 3-game series with each school.

His report also has details about possible TV partners and more on the showcase.

The classic should slip in just fine to the BYU-Utah scheduling. After the Utes infamously bought out of the 2016 game in Provo, the two schools agreed to reinstate that game for 2017.

The hardwood Holy War would then play at the Beehive Classic in 2018, and presumably move to the Huntsman Center in 2019.