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BYU returns to Maples for first time since Cougars, Cardinal opened facility on Jan. 4, 1969

First Published      Last Updated Nov 11 2013 10:39 am

Happy Veteran's Day, everyone.

And a shoutout to all those men and women who have provided service to our country throughout the years.

I'm writing this blog from the Salt Lake International Airport, where I will board a flight to Oakland and then drive over to Palo Alto for tonight's BYU-at-Stanford men's basketball game. Looks like the Cougars are 10-point underdogs at Maples Pavilion for the 9 p.m. MST tipoff against the Pac-12's Cardinal. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Here's my preview of the game.

The Cougars fell to the Cardinal in 2004 at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii the last time these schools played each other. This is the first time BYU will play at Stanford since Jan. 5, 1969.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> That was actually the second game of a double-header. In the first game, Jan. 4, 1969, the Cougars beat the Cardinal 95-89 in the first game every played at Maples Pavilion. Stanford got revenge the following night in a big way, 94-78.

On the road with the Cougar hoopsters, I will miss football coach Bronco Mendenhall's weekly Monday press briefing tonight after football practice, unfortunately. Mendenhall will update the statuses of the three injured starters from the Wisconsin game: LB Spencer Hadley (knee), WR Mitch Mathews (shoulder) and tight end Devin Mahina (groin).

My guess is that all three will be out this Saturday when the Cougars play host to FCS Idaho State (3-7) at LaVell Edwards Stadium. That game kicks off at 1 p.m. and will be televised by BYUtv.

I've already posted video and comments from Mendenhall and quarterback Taysom Hill gathered after the 27-17 loss to Wisconsin.

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae also appeared in the postgame interview room. Here are a few of his comments:

Opening statement:

"My hat and acknowledgement goes out to Wisconsin. I thought they played very good defense, were well-coached, and played well. So before I talk about anything else, I would like to acknowledge that I do feel that the opponent tonight was an extremely worthy opponent.

We were not good enough, as indicated by the score.

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