Cougar Corner: BYU on Bubble Watch

Cougar Corner: BYU on Bubble Watch

by Mike Miller

Men’s basketball is searching for answers while the rest of the action saw mixed results last week for BYU.

Men’s Basketball

The freefall continued for men’s basketball with a pair of home losses last week. San Francisco kept the Cougars at arm’s length throughout the second half to hold on to a 73-59 win Thursday. On Saturday, BYU was run out of their own building by Gonzaga to the tune of a 90-57 defeat. The Cougars, missing starter Te’Jon Lucas due to injury, struggled offensively as they shot just 29.6% from the field.

BYU did snap the losing streak with an 83-82 overtime win over LMU.

Next Up: The schedule does not get any easier as BYU headed to California for a pair of road games. On Thursday they visited LMU at 9:00 p.m. MST on ESPNU. Saturday, Pepperdine is the host at 8:00 p.m. MST on CBS Sports Network.

Women’s Basketball

The ladies had a mixed-results week, but remain in control of their own destiny for a WCC title. Last Thursday, they picked up just their second loss of the season with a 75-64 defeat at Portland. On Saturday, the Cougars overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Gonzaga in Spokane by a final score of 62-50. They were paced by Paisley Harding’s 22 points, made even more remarkable after she exited the game temporarily in the first half to receive four stitches under her left eye.

This week, BYU hit the century mark as they also beat Pepperdine 104-53 last night

Next Up: WCC play hits the home stretch, and BYU is looking to remain undefeated at the Marriott Center. Pepperdine came to Provo on Thursday at 7:00 p.m MST with the game broadcast available to re-watch on BYUtv. On Saturday, the ladies will be in California, visiting Saint Mary’s at 2:00 p.m. MST. That contest will be streamed on the WCC Network.

Women’s Gymnastics

Eight gymnasts set career highs, propelling the Cougars past Boise State last week. The final score was 196.700 to 196.525. Sadie Miner-Van Tassel snagged another All-Around victory this season with a 39.475, one of BYU’s eight career highs.

Next Up: Boise State faces BYU again, this time in Idaho. The meet begins Saturday at 7:00 p.m. MST on the Mountain West Digital Network.


Next Up: The season starts this week with five games in Las Vegas. Thursday night the Cougars faced UNLV at 6:00 p.m. MST. They won that game 5-3. Today and Saturday, they have a pair of 10:00 a.m. MST games with Cal State Bakersfield, followed by another pair of 12:30 p.m MST games against Hawai’i.

Men’s Tennis

Next Up: Those in Provo can head to the Indoor Tennis Courts at 1:00 p.m. today as Boise State is in town.

Track and Field

Next Up: Both the men and women will be split between two indoor meets this weekend. The Texas Tech Shootout begins at 3:30 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m. MST on Saturday. That competition will be available on ESPN+. The other meet is the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington, also taking place on Friday and Saturday. A paid live stream is available at this link.

Men’s Volleyball

A No. 9 BYU vs. No. 10 Ball State showdown took center stage at the Smith Fieldhouse last Friday and Saturday. In the first contest, the Cougars stormed back from two sets down to take a 3-2 win. They were paced by freshman Miks Ramanis, who recorded 19 kills on a 0.361 hitting percentage. On Saturday, Ball State got the better of BYU, handing them a 3-1 set loss.

Next Up: No. 11 BYU hosts No. 14 UC San Diego for two games in Provo this Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. MST on BYUtv.

Featured image courtesy Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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