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Duke's Marvin Bagley III (35) is pressured by Utah Valley's Akolda Manyang (0) and Joonas Tahvanainen (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The UVU men's basketball team last weekend played what was billed as the "toughest 24 hours in college basketball history," as it faced No. 5 Kentucky on Friday night and No. 1 Duke on Saturday night, with both games on the road.

ESPN chronicled the Wolverines' trip and condensed it into a short video, which included former Blue Devils star and NBA player Shane Battier giving the team a pep talk before the second game.

"There is no history of Utah Valley," Battier said. "There is none. You're living it. You are the history right now, and that is an amazing opportunity. Some people would be scared by that."

Despite the fact that UVU lost both games, big man Akolda Manyang was named the WAC Men's Player of the Week after he averaged 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in the two contests.

Sports Illustrated releases very early 2018 NBA mock draft

Speaking of Duke, Sports Illustrated on Monday released a very early 2018 NBA mock draft, which had the Utah Jazz taking a Blue Devil.

Slotted with the No. 14 pick, the Jazz "chose" freshman point guard Trevon Duval. The Dallas Mavericks were given the top pick and "selected" another Duke freshman, Marvin Bagley III.

Against the Wolverines last weekend, Bagley III finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Duval had 15 points, 12 assists, three steals and three rebounds.

The No. 4 pick of the draft, Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., is slated to come to Salt Lake City this week when the Tigers take on Utah at the Huntsman Center, although he did not play in the team's game Monday because of a leg injury and is considered day to day.

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After being waived by the Utah Jazz over the summer and not getting picked up by another NBA team, veteran Boris Diaw decided to return to his native France to continue playing professionally.

Fans of the charming big man have since voiced their desire for him to return to the Association, and that certainly continued over the weekend when he hit a buzzer-beater from just beyond half court to give his team a win.

Diaw's shot came after the opposition had hit a rather incredible shot with a second left to tie the game.

A number of people reacted to Diaw's shot on Twitter.