Boise State V.S. BYU: Game Preview
BYU is coming off of buzzer-beater win at Houston, they come to Boise with a chance to extend their winning streak to three.
The Broncos need a win on Wednesday, can they get it against the Cougars?
WHO: Boise State Broncos (1-2, 0-0 Mountain West) vs. BYU Cougars (3-1, 0-0 West Coast)
WHEN: Wednesday, November 20 — 10:00 PM EST/8:00 PM MST
WHERE: Extramile Arena, Boise, ID
STREAM: CBSSports.com or get a free seven-day trial with FuboTV
SERIES RECORD: BYU leads all-time series 4-9
ODDS: Boise State -, per KenPom
PREVIEW: The Broncos could use a win, and a win against BYU on Wednesday night would be perfect timing. The Cougars are coming off of a 72-71 win in Houston on Friday night and have T.J. Haws to thank for that, while Boise State is currently experiencing a two game losing streak.
The Broncos were cold from the floor on Friday shooting 30.9% from the field and ended up falling to UC-Irvine at home. The week before they lost by 31 points to a top-15 Oregon team but not for a lack of trying on Derrick Alston Jr’s part who is averaging 25.0 PPG and shooting 41% from three. He is joined in the front court by senior forward RJ Williams who is coming off of a great performance against the Anteaters and averaging a double-double on the year (16. PPG & 11.0 RPG).
The Dave Rose era is done in Provo but the Cougars are 3-1 in Mark Pope’s first season as head coach of the BYU program. Led by newcomers, Pope’s squad struggled a bit in their last two games. Wins against Houston and Southern Utah came by a combined total of 6 points and without Yoeli Childs who is still fulfilling his nine game suspension, BYU needs someone to step up on Wednesday to get the job done down low.
Transfer guards Jake Toolson (Utah Valley) and Alex Barcello (Arizona) are leading the team in scoring just ahead of T.J. Haws. But keep an eye out for sophomore forward Kolby Lee who had the best game of his career on Friday against the Cougars (of Houston) with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
The two schools were never members of the Mountain West at the same time and they haven’t faced off since 2008 when the Cougars won by a whopping 38 points in the Marriott Center. A win Wednesday night will go a long way for either team and I think the Broncos are due for one, let’s see.
Prediction: Boise State 75-69