Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
BYU basketball: Cougars adjusting to Thursday-Saturday games
First Published Feb 01 2014 10:13 pm • Last Updated Feb 02 2014 12:16 am

Provo • Enjoying all these Thursday and Saturday games this season, BYU fans?

Get used to it.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

That’s how it is going to be — with an occasional Wednesday game, like Gonzaga and Santa Clara played this week — in the West Coast Conference with the addition of Pacific as the league’s 10th team this year.

However, BYU isn’t scheduled to play any Wednesday games this season.

Saturday’s game marked the fourth straight time the Cougars have played the two-games-in-three-days deal. They’ve got three more weeks of them before getting a bye the last week of the season and finishing up at San Diego on March 1.

"Each week seems to be a little bit different, trying to get a feel for our guys," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I do believe that is one of the things that we really have to address in the offseason. The Thursday-Saturday, back-to-back on the road, then back-to-back at home … I think that this is different, and it feels different. The way we set up our system and how we run it, and what we do, we probably will have to make some adjustments to it."

Rebounding machines

Saint Mary’s out-rebounded BYU in each of the first four meetings the schools have had in the WCC, and Saturday’s game started that same way.

The Gaels owned the boards in the first half, out-rebounding the Cougars 22-17 in the first 20 minutes.


story continues below
story continues below

The Cougars were hurt when their two big guys, Eric Mika and Nate Austin, got in early foul trouble. Austin played just nine minutes in the first half and Mika just 14.

Texas two-step

BYU’s football team made Texas look bad last fall, embarrassing the Longhorns at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

This winter, the Texas basketball team is making BYU look good.

Since losing 86-82 to BYU back on Nov. 25 in Kansas City, the Longhorns have put together an above-average season. That’s good for BYU’s RPI, and stands as the Cougars’ most impressive win this season, along with that road win at Stanford on Nov. 11.

Saturday, No. 15 Texas (6-2, 17-4) took down No. 6 Kansas 81-69 in Austin, the Longhorns’ sixth straight win. Texas is now just a game behind league-leading Kansas in the Big 12 standings.

Briefly

Next Page >


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.