1. U of U Chop
Fans in the MUSS form a U with their hands and chop to the beat whenever the band plays a specific percussion song. Join in the tradition to spur on the Utes and show off your U of U pride.
Utah’s mascot is a red-tailed hawk named Swoop. You can see Swoop entertaining the crowd and getting into all kinds of shenanigans. Keep an eye out for Swoop when attending a Utes basketball game.
3. The Mighty Utah Student Section (MUSS)
While many student sections in college basketball stand for the duration of the game and cheer loudly, The Muss is truly special in its traditions. The MUSS gets its name from school’s fight song and has been named one of the top five student sections in all of college sports. There is no better place to sit than in the MUSS if you want to show off your Utes pride.
4. Holy War: Utah-BYU
The rivalry between Utah and BYU is known as the Holy War, so you better believe there is a lot animosity between these two schools. The players have come to blows in recent years, and Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak even went so far as to cancel the 2016-17 matchup as a result. If you want to see a rivalry where emotions run high, then there are few better than Utah-BYU.
5. Pep Band
The Utah Pep Band creates a fantastic in-game atmosphere and is a big part of any Utes basketball game. The band is energetic throughout the game and is a can’t miss for anyone attending a Utah basketball game.
The Utes have several banners hanging celebrating the biggest accomplishments and best players in Utah basketball history. The banners honor the 1944 national championship winning team and the 1998 runners-up, as well as Utes legends such as Keith Van Horn and Andrew Bogut.
7. Old Oquirrh Bucket
From 1974 to 2010 Utah schools played for the Old Oquirrh Bucket. The trophy was awarded to the team with the best record against in-state opponents creating an intense rivalry between all of the Utah schools. Utah schools may no longer play for the Old Oquirrh Bucket, but there are still a lot of bragging rights on the line, so don’t miss it when a Utah-based school comes to the Jon M. Huntsman Center.