Provo • The BYU men’s basketball season is set. Well, at least the conference schedule.
The WCC regular season
will be spread over a nine-week span and include 16 conference games. Conference play will begin on Dec. 31 and conclude Feb. 27.
The Cougars, who finished second in the WCC last season with a 13-3 conference record, will kick off WCC play at Pepperdine on Dec. 31 and will play its first home game league game on Jan. 7 against Pacific.
BYU will play home-and-home series with Gonzaga, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego and San Francisco, and a road game at Loyola Marymount and home game against Santa Clara.
Last season, the Cougars posted a perfect home record against WCC opponents (8-0), only losing on the road to Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and San Francisco. However, BYU rebounded at home with a thrilling victory over Saint Mary’s (81-79)
and upset No. 2 Gonzaga 91-78
in the last home game.
BYU closed out the regular season ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and was poised to receive a single-digit bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament — as were Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s — before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the rest of the season.
Second-year head coach Mark Pope
returns six letterwinners, including four with starting experience — Alex Barcello
, Gavin Baxter
, Connor Harding and Kolby Lee. Richard Harward and Wyatt Lowell
, who sat out last season after transferring from Utah Valley, are now eligible. The Cougars also add graduate transfers Brandon Averette and Matt Harms
, as well as freshman Caleb Lohner