Cougar Corner: BYU on the right side of the Bubble

Cougar Corner: BYU on the right side of the Bubble

by Mike Miller

A lot is going on for BYU fans to keep up on, and while the results have been mixed, there’s plenty to smile about in Provo.

Baseball

Next Up: The season begins this week with four games in Port Charlotte, Florida as part of the Snowbird Classic. On Friday, BYU faces Indiana State at 10:30 a.m. MST. On Saturday, the Cougars have a doubleheader against Marshall University, with games at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. MST. They conclude the trip with a Monday morning game against Ohio State at 10:30 a.m. MST. All games will be broadcast on BYU Radio.

Men’s Basketball

After BYU basketball suffered a nasty four game losing streak, they responded in a big way with two road wins in California. Last Thursday, they escaped LMU with an 83-82 overtime victory despite a 17-point second half deficit. Seneca Knight was the hero as he made the go-ahead free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining. The game was also memorable as it was the first time in program history that all five starters were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU followed up that performance with a 91-85 win at Pepperdine. They were led by Alex Barcello, who scored a career-high 33 points, including a blistering 9-10 from three.

Next Up: Just one game awaits the Cougars this week, and it’s a big one with NCAA Tournament bubble implications. BYU visits Saint Mary’s at 8:00 p.m. MST on Saturday, with the game broadcast on ESPN2.

Women’s Basketball

The Cougars continue to find a way to obliterate teams week in and week out. Last Thursday, they dismantled Pepperdine 104-53. Four players scored in double figures to give head coach Jeff Judkins his 450th career win. While last Saturday’s game was slightly closer, it was still a comfortable 84-69 win at Saint Mary’s.

Next Up: No. 20 BYU has their last home games of the season this week. On Thursday LMU visits at 11:00 a.m. MST on BYUtv. On Saturday, Gonzaga comes to town for Senior Night at 2:00 PM MST, also on BYUtv. A win over the Zags will all but secure another WCC title for the BYU women.

Women’s Gymnastics

For the second week in a row, the gymnastics team faced Boise State and won. This time in Idaho, it was a comfortable 196.450-195.975 victory. The Cougars were paced by Sadie Miner-Van Tassell, who won the All-Around competition with a 39.425. That would be a winning score in any meet even though she was the only All-Around competitor on Saturday. She also had the meet’s highest scores in floor (9.900) and vault (9.875). After the meet, BYU moved to No. 19 in the polls, while Boise State came in at No. 24.

Next Up: For the third time this season the Cougars face now-No. 25 SUU. This meet does mark the first chance BYU will have to welcome the Thunderbirds to the Smith Fieldhouse.Those unable to watch live at 7:00 p.m. MST can watch on BYUtv.

Softball

With five games in three days, it was a successful start to the softball season. Competing in the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, the Cougars picked up a pair of wins against Cal State Bakersfield (13-4, 11-2) and Hawai’i (2-1, 4-1). A tough 5-3 loss to UNLV put BYU at 4-1 on the season.

Next Up: Another week means another intense schedule, with four games in three days at the Stanford Invitational in California. The Cougars will face four different opponents in Stanford, San Jose State, Illinois Chicago, and Seattle. Unfortunately, there are no streaming options available.

Swim & Dive

Next Up: Wednesday through Saturday this week will see the Cougars fighting for conference titles at the MPSF Championships. No other further information is publicly available at this time.

Men’s Tennis

The Cougars dropped a close 4-3 contest to Boise State on Friday.

Next Up: BYU heads for warmer temperatures with a matchup at New Mexico this weekend.

Women’s Tennis

BYU had mixed success on Friday, sweeping Weber State 6-0 before dropping 4-3 to Fresno State.

Next Up: Head to BYU’s Indoor Tennis Courts this Friday as two separate universities come to town. Denver visits at 10:00 AM MDT, followed by Nevada at 4:00 PM MDT.

Track & Field

Next Up: Another sport has the opportunity to go for conference championships at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet. Friday’s action starts at 11:30 AM MDT, followed by Saturday at 11:00 AM MDT. A paid stream is available at flotrack.org.

Men’s Volleyball

It was a tough week for the Cougars, who have now dropped three straight. This week they lost twice to UC San Diego, with both matches going to five sets.

Next Up: No. 13 BYU visits No. 6 UC Santa Barbara for a pair of games this weekend. Both Friday and Saturday contests start at 8:00 p.m. MST.

Featured image courtesy Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

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