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There’s no question fans were looking forward to the rivalry. BYU twitter posts indicated students had been camping out for two days to get the best seats available in the new student section at the Marriott Center.

Last year, Utah State students camped out for three days to do the same at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

After Utah State’s football team lost 6-3 to BYU in Provo this fall, Kalian said there was plenty of energy building to avenge that loss on the basketball court.

Now the energy is being spent on Berger, with hopes and prayers that he recovers fully.

Even BYU’s basketball team sent its thoughts and prayers to Berger through a Twitter post, as did the Saint Mary’s team, which beat the Aggies earlier this year.

Kalian said Berger deserves support.

“There’s not one person who will say anything bad about Danny Berger. If there was an athlete you could label as the perfect guy, it would be Danny Berger,” he said.

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AP Sports Writer Lynn DeBruin and Associated Press Writer Jay Wamsley contributed to this report.