BYU Basketball will have its second opportunity of the season to face the formidable no. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-2) Saturday night. In the first meeting at the Marriott Center, Gonzaga won 93-63 (sorry to have to remind you of that in case you were able to forget it).
BYU (18-11) is coming off of a disappointing 77-71 loss to San Francisco. The Cougars were in control of their destiny in the WCC standings, looking to stake a pretty strong claim on the no. 2 seed in the WCC tournament, but the loss to the Dons has that no. 2 seed looking unlikely — unless the Cougs can pull off the upset Saturday. The Cougars are 10-4 in the WCC.
The Zags are an undefeated 13-0 in the WCC (they officially clinched first place Thursday, and Josh Perkins became Gonzaga’s all-time assists leader). LMU and USD gave the Zags a run for their money last week, but the Bulldogs went on to trounce Pepperdine, 92-64 on Thursday.
Can the Cougars get back in control and pull off some more magic at “The Kennel”? ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives BYU a 1.5 percent chance. Here’s how to watch:
- Sat. Feb. 23, 8:00 p.m. MST
- McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
TV Broadcast Team:
- Eric Rothman (play-by-play)
- Sean Farnham (analyst)
- BYU Sports Network
- KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM
- Sirius/XM Radio Channel 143 (BYU Radio)
Leave any thoughts from before, during, or after the game in the comments below.