Cougar Corner: Basketball Teams look to be a Lock for the NCAA Tournament

Cougar Corner: Basketball Teams look to be a Lock for the NCAA Tournament

by Mike Miller

A plethora of sports are underway in Provo. Follow along as we give a weekly recap of all the action and help you keep up with the week to come.

Men’s Basketball

The BYU men’s basketball team had their toughest week of the season, traveling to No. 2 Gonzaga and projected NCAA Tournament team San Francisco. The Cougars should be happy with their results, as they split the two games. While the Cougars will surely be frustrated about being blown out 110-84 by Gonzaga, the Bulldogs are now #1 in the country and have a tendency to obliterate everyone who comes their way. On Saturday, BYU rebounded with a gutsy 71-69 victory in California. Guards Alex Barcello and Te’Jon Lucas lead the way for BYU, scoring 18 and 12 respectively.

Next Up: The Cougars get to settle back down at home this week with a pair of games. San Diego visits today, followed by Portland on Saturday. Both contests will be on BYUtv and start at 7:00 p.m. MST.

Women’s Basketball

The ladies obliterated two WCC foes this week, improving to 14-1 on the season. On Thursday, Saint Mary’s came to town and were handed a 78-36 beatdown. BYU shot 40 percent while holding the Gaels to 28 percent. On Saturday, the total package continued with a 77-37 win at Loyola Marymount. The Cougar defense caused a dominating 31 turnovers.

Next Up: A pair of road games await this week, followed by a rare Monday night home game. On Thursday, BYU visits Pepperdine at 8:00 p.m. MST on the WCC Network. On Saturday, the California trip continues with a 2:00 p.m. MST game at San Diego. Monday night’s FHE special is BYU again playing San Diego, but this time in Provo at 5:00 p.m. MST. That game will be on BYUtv and is a rescheduled game from an earlier COVID-19 cancellation.

Women’s Gymnastics

The #16 gymnastics team welcomed back several gymnasts who missed the season opener. The result was a 195.750-193.925 road victory over Nebraska. The All-Around crown was won by senior Sadie Miner-Van Tassell with a 39.325.

Next Up: On Friday, BYU journeys south to pay a visit to SUU at 7:00 p.m. MST.

Swim and Dive

The spring season began last Friday and Saturday when Air Force paid a visit to Provo. The dive team won all four of their competitions, and the swim team compiled 21 first-place finishes.

Next Up: The Cougars stay home this week, as both Colorado Mesa and Denver come to town on Friday. The meet starts at 2:00 p.m. MST at the Richards Building.

Track and Field

BYU hosted an indoor invitational across three days last week, taking home 11 first-place finishes in the process. Of note, 11 BYU athletes set personal bests at the event.

Next Up: The Cougars travel a state over this week, as they have a three-day indoor meet scheduled with Air Force.

Men’s Volleyball

Next Up: After an early off week, the volleyball team is geared up for their home opener this weekend. UC Irvine visits on Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. MST and will be broadcast on BYUtv.

Featured image courtesy Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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