For the BYU Cougars, tonight's game in Spokane carried a weight that even contestants of the Biggest Loser wouldn't trade for. It represented an opportunity to play the #3 team in the nation and the class of the conference. Winning at Gonzaga is something that is very difficult to do. No West Coast Conference team had done it in over 4 years. On top of all of that, the group think about the mind and will of the NCAA selection committee required the Cougars to win in the Kennel. Where the past 41 opponents failed marking the longest home court winning streak in the country. A place where the Cougars have lost by 15, 20, 11 since joining the WCC.
The Cougars needed to shoot like Annie Oakley, rebound like David Spade, defend like Scott Sterling and show physicality that would make Olivia Newton-John sit on the edge of her seat. They did it. All of it.