It was a big week for the BYU Basketball team as they traveled to Orem on Wednesday to take on Utah Valley University, a team that destroyed them 114-101 in the Marriott Center last year, and then to Logan on Saturday to play Utah State University in the Spectrum, where BYU hadn’t played for three years. Although the two games were very different, the Cougars emerged victorious from both contests, defeating UVU, 85-58 and Utah State, 75-66.
What went right in these two in-state games? It all started with defense. “Defense travels” has been this team’s motto, and it has paid off quite well. After allowing UVU to make 18 threes last year, this time BYU held them to 1-8 from beyond the arc and under 60 points, which is less than UVU scored in one half against the Cougars last year. The Cougs are 83-0 when they do this.
UVU scored 60 pts in the 1st half last year in Provo; Wolverines score 58 for the game tonight. BYU 85 UVU 58 (F). Rose-era Cougars now 83-0 when holding opponents under 60 points. Childs 24 and 11; Cannon 8 pts, team-high 6 assists in his BYU debut!— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) November 30, 2017
Another things that went right? The emergence of junior guard McKay Cannon. The NCAA declared him eligible the day of the UVU game, and he gave the Cougars 25 points and 8 assists off the bench this week, along with a lot of fight and fire (we’re kind of obsessed with the trash talking). One thing the Cougars need is experience and depth on the bench, and they may have found it in Cannon.
Of course, there are always things that could go better, and Jess and Mary share a couple of things they hope will improve before the Cougars take on Illinois State and Weber State this week.
It was a big week for former BYU Football players, so Keeping up with the Kougars is back to update you on the news from the NFL. Jamaal Williams got the start at running back for the Green Bay Packers, and he made the most of it, with 113 rushing yards and one touchdown in the 26-20 overtime win. Taysom Hill finally saw action with the New Orleans Saints, but on special teams. That’s right, third string QB Taysom Hill was out there tackling fools on special teams, and his head coach was very pleased. Everybody loves Taysom!
In everybody’s favorite segment, Talk of the Town, Jess and Mary discuss the time three BYU players got stuck in an elevator (sounds like the beginning of a bad joke), give you their take on BYU Basketball’s fresh looking royal blue alternate jerseys, and spend some time appreciating junior forward and team captain Luke Worthington, aka Mr. Steal Yo’ Girl.
In BYU Football news, no, a new offensive coordinator has not been hired yet — but Fred Warner did receive an invitation to the Senior Bowl and Jonah Trinnaman will be playing in the NFLPA Bowl! We’re looking forward to seeing them play one more time before they try to make it in the NFL.
Next up, BYU Basketball takes on Illinois State at the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and then plays Weber State in the Beehive Classic at the Vivint SmartHome Arena on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Both games will be on BYUtv if you can’t make it in person. We’ll be back to break it all down next week!
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Cougars on Cougars is a weekly YouTube show in which Jess and Mary, two "dyed in the wool, true blue, through and through" BYU fans discuss the happenings of BYU football and basketball on—and off—the field and court.
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