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Tonight: BYU hosts Gonzaga in pivotal battle
First Published Feb 02 2012 08:09 am • Last Updated Feb 02 2012 09:29 am

Provo • BYU could help its chances of earning an NCAA basketball tournament with a victory Thursday night against highly-regarded Gonzaga in the Marriott Center.

The 9 p.m. nationally televised West Coast Conference game on ESPN2 should draw a sellout crowd.

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Gonzaga, ranked 24th in the country, brings a 17-3 overall record and 7-1 league mark into the game. The Bulldogs trail St. Mary’s in the league standings.

BYU is 18-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play, where the Cougars are tied for third with Loyola-Marymount. BYU has recent home league losses to St. Mary’s and Loyola-Marymount, making getting a victory over Gonzaga important for seeding in the conference tournament as well as a chance to play in the NCAA tournament.

BYU is led by Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies. Gonzaga features a balanced attack led by Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos and Robert Sacre.

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