BYU, San Diego State agree to a two-game men’s basketball series

San Diego State's KJ Feagin reacts during the first half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game against Boise State on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Provo • Nearly six months after San Diego State made its return to the Marriott Center for the first time in more than eight years, the Aztecs have penned a home-and-home men’s basketball agreement with BYU.

The Cougars will travel for the first meeting, playing at Viejas Arena on Dec. 1, 2020 and will host San Diego State in the Marriott Center during the 2021-22 season.

Both teams were previous conference foes, having played in the Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain West together. BYU holds a 48-26 advantage in 74 games played. The Aztecs most recently beat the Cougars 76-71 in that nonconference meeting last season.

BYU finished the 2019-20 season with a 24-8 record and a final national ranking of No. 18. The Cougars boasted a nine-game winning streak to finish West Coast Conference play, which included a 91-78 home win over No. 2 Gonzaga. Before the season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Lunardi projected BYU as a No. 6 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

San Diego State finished the season with a 30-2 record and No. 6 national ranking. The Aztecs won the Mountain West regular season title with a 17-1 record and were on track to receive a No. 2 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

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