Old Oquirrh Bucket

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The Old Oquirrh Bucket

The Old Oquirrh Bucket (named after the Oquirrh Mountains to the west of Salt Lake City) is the symbol of in-state basketball supremacy in Utah. Every year since 1974 the trophy has been awarded to the in-state college team (Utah State University (USU), University of Utah (U of U), Southern Utah University (SUU), Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah Valley University (UVU), and Weber State University (WSU)) which has the best win-loss record against in-state competition.

In 1974, a proposal was presented to create a trophy – a symbol to be awarded annually to Utah's best college basketball team. The concept was accepted and for the first two years the in-state title was awarded to the Aggies (USU), although no actual trophy had been determined.

In 1977, after Weber State won the title for the first time, an Ogden businessman located a pioneer bucket at a local auction, complete with a history of how it had been found. It has since become the traveling trophy emblematic of Utah college basketball supremacy.[1]

The plaque on the bucket includes a map with the names and locations of the 4 original schools (BYU, U of U, USU, and WSU or WSC for Weber State College). SUU and UVU did not field Division-I basketball programs at the time the trophy was created, but have since become members of the NCAA Division-I. The plaque includes the caption "The Oquirrh Bucket Utah State Collegiate Champ Basketball".

Utah (U of U) has won the bucket 14 times, followed by Utah State (USU) and Brigham Young (BYU) with 9 victories each, and Weber State (WSU) with 4. None of the other schools have ever won the award. On November 15, 2010, it was announced that the trophy would be retired, due to the recent changes in conference alignments (Utah leaving the Mountain West for the Pac-12, BYU leaving the Mountain West for the West Coast Conference) and changes in scheduling of games among the in-state schools. The Old Oquirrh Bucket was last won by Utah State in both 2008-09 and 2009–10, and will be donated by Utah State University to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

Oquirrh Bucket history[edit]

2010-11 Season[edit]

    Record  
Team Games W   L
BYU 4 4 - 0
Utah State 5 4 - 1
Utah 3 1 - 2
Weber State 4 1 - 3
Utah Valley 1 0 - 1
Southern Utah 2 0 - 2
Date Match-up/Score Location
Nov. 13, 2010 Utah State 77 Weber State 65 Logan
Nov. 17, 2010 BYU 78 Utah State 72 Provo
Nov. 20, 2010 Utah State 66 Southern Utah 53 Cedar City
Nov. 20, 2010 Utah 90 Weber State 75 Salt Lake City
Nov. 24, 2010 Utah State 79 Utah 62 Logan
Dec. 11, 2010 Weber State 77 Southern Utah 71 Cedar City
Dec. 18, 2010 Utah State 76 Utah Valley 58 Orem
Dec. 21, 2010 BYU 72 Weber State 66 Ogden
Jan. 11, 2011 BYU 104 Utah 79 Salt Lake City
Feb. 12, 2011 BYU 72 Utah 59 Provo

2009-10 Season[edit]

    Record  
Team Games W   L
* Utah State 6 5 - 1
BYU 4 3 - 1
Weber State 5 2 - 3
Utah 4 1 - 3
Southern Utah 2 0 - 2
Utah Valley 1 0 - 1
*=Denotes Outright Champion
Date Match-up/Score Location
Nov. 13, 2009 Utah State 66 Weber State 60 Ogden
Nov. 18, 2009 Utah 68 Utah State 67 Salt Lake City
Nov. 27, 2009 BYU 87 Weber State 70 Provo
Nov. 28, 2009 Utah State 89 Southern Utah 49 Logan
Dec. 2, 2009 Weber State 83 Utah 76 Ogden
Dec. 2, 2009 Utah State 71 BYU 61 Logan
Dec. 12, 2009 Weber State 84 Southern Utah 66 Ogden
Dec. 12, 2009 Utah State 87 Utah Valley 56 Logan
Dec. 23, 2009 Utah State 85 Weber State 73 Logan
Jan. 30, 2010 BYU 82 Utah 69 Provo
Mar. 3, 2010 BYU 71 Utah 51 Salt lake City

2008-09 Season[edit]

    Record  
Team Games W   L
# Utah State 5 4 - 1
# BYU 4 3 - 1
Utah 4 2 - 2
Utah Valley 2 1 - 1
Weber State 4 1 - 3
Southern Utah 3 0 - 3
#=Disputed Champion. Both schools claim to have won.
Date Match-up/Score Location
Nov. 25, 2008 Utah State 75 Weber State 49 Logan
Dec. 3, 2008 BYU 92 Weber State 62 Ogden
Dec. 6, 2008 BYU 68 Utah State 63 Salt Lake CityN
Dec. 13, 2008 Utah State 69 Utah Valley 50 Orem
Dec. 13, 2008 Weber State 66 Southern Utah 62 Cedar City
Dec. 17, 2008 Utah State 72 Southern Utah 65 Cedar City
Dec. 20, 2008 Utah Valley 78 Southern Utah 72 Orem
Dec. 20, 2008 Utah 74 Weber State 64 Salt Lake City
Dec. 22, 2008 Utah State 66 Utah 64 Logan
Jan. 27, 2009 Utah 94 BYU 88 Salt Lake City
Feb. 28, 2009 BYU 63 Utah 50 Provo
N=denotes game played at a neutral site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Utah State Basketball Media Guide, 1988