Cougar Corner: BYU recovering from Bowl Loss

Cougar Corner: BYU recovering from Bowl Loss

by Mike Miller

A tough bowl game loss in football spoiled the holiday cheer for many Cougar fans, although basketball has given them something to smile about. The holidays mean there is not a lot to watch, but a new year will bring a fresh set of sports in Provo. Note: There will be no Cougar Corner next week (December 27) as many teams play few, if any games, over Christmas. The next edition will be on January 3. The “Next Up” section this week will include games for the next two weeks, if applicable.

Men’s Basketball

BYU improved to 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in-state with a 89-71 win over Weber State. The highlight of the night was the Cougars making 16 three-pointers, the third-best mark in school history.

Next Up: The men’s team is the only program busy over Christmas as they head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic. On Wednesday, BYU faces USF at 7:30 PM MST. Subsequent games on Thursday and Saturday will be determined by previous results. Thursday’s opponent will be either Vanderbilt or Hawaii, while Saturday’s opponent will be one of Liberty, Northern Iowa, Wyoming, or Stanford. Follow us on Twitter (@TheHiveSports) and we will keep you updated on opponents and game times. Games will be available on BYU Radio.

After that tournament, BYU hosts Westminster on December 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv. On New Year’s Day, the Cougars start WCC play at Portland. The game tips at 8:00 p.m. MST and will be streaming on Stadium.

Football

The Cougars never got going and looked uninterested in a 31-28 Independence Bowl loss to UAB. The rainy performance in Louisiana concludes the season for the Cougars with a 10-3 record. Off the field, BYU secured Kalani Sitake through 2027 with an “unprecedented” contract extension.

Women’s Basketball

BYU got back in the win column with a huge 71-53 win over Washington State in Provo. The school’s two basketball teams are a combined 5-0 against the PAC-12 this season, the same record as the football team against the conference.

Next Up: The ladies travel to Montana for a game against Montana State tonight at 7:00 PM MST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. After taking a break for Christmas, they also start WCC play, with both games coming at home. On December 30, San Diego visits at 7:00 p.m. MST while Portland visits at 2:00 p.m. MST on New Year’s Day. Both games will be on BYUtv.

Featured image courtesy Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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