p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Last year, Kelly Olynyk crushed the Cougars with a near-perfect game, and Tyler Haws played the worst game of his life. The result was an 83-63 Zags win.
Olynyk, now with the Boston Celtics, was 9 of 9 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line, and also had time to grab nine rebounds and dish out five assists without committing a single foul.
Haws was 0 of 9 from the field and scored just one point — from the free-throw line in the final, meaningless minutes. Obviuosly, that's a far cry from what Haws did in Thursday night's 114-110 triple-overtime loss at Portland. He scored 48 points, the third-most in BYU history.
Here's my preview of tonight's game, which is mostly a look back at Haws' big game at Portland. The Cougars are seemingly at a huge disadvantage tonight because they have to be physically and emotionally drained after that 55-minute marathon, but Zags coach Mark Few told reporters Friday that he doesn't think it will be a factor.
Of course, that's probably coachspeak. We will see.
Here's the preview of tonight's game that is in the hometown Spokesman-Review this morning.
Looks like Gonzaga is a 7 to 8-point favorite in tonight's game, which marks the halfway point of the WCC season for both teams.
Gonzaga is running away with the WCC regular-season title again this season, despite a loss at Portland a few weeks ago. If BYU (5-3 in league play) can't beat the Zags (7-1) tonight, they can kiss their title hopes goodbye.
Actually, Saint Mary's (5-2) is now in second place after BYU's loss at Portland. The Gaels and Cougars will meet twice in February — On the 1st in Provo and on the 15th at Moraga.
Gonzaga makes the return visit to Provo on Feb. 20, a Thursday. The Cougars can only hope the game will mean something then.