It turns out that the third time was the charm for BYU Basketball against Saint Mary’s. The Cougars beat the Gaels, 85-72 in a game where sophomore forward Yoeli Childs had 33 points.
Beating Saint Mary’s is not only incredibly satisfying, but also means the Cougars have the chance to play for the WCC Tournament Championship, and win an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament (*breathes into a paper bag*).
While the Cougars played some of their best basketball in a Monday night win, so did the Zags. They came out firing on all cylinders in their semifinal match-up with the San Francisco Dons, the game never in question, as they cruised to an 88-60 victory. Killian Tillie went 5-5 from three for the second game in a row on his way to 26 points. Rui Hachimura came off the bench and put up 17 points for the Bulldogs.
BYU was swept by Gonzaga in the regular season, losing first at The Kennel, 68-60, then at the Marriott Center, 79-65. Maybe the third time will be the charm, for the second night in a row.
Here is how you can watch the Cougars try to steal an NCAA bid:
- Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. MST
- Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Sirius/XM Radio Channel 143 (BYU Radio)
What needs to happen for the Cougars to compete with the Zags? What would you do if BYU ended up winning that auto bid? What are the Cougars’ postseason hopes like if they can’t pull off the win? Comment about these things and more in our game thread below.