BYU Weekly Preview – Of Greyhounds and Bears

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December 18
Season Record: 6-3
 

Eastern_New_Mexico_GreyhoundsEastern New Mexico University Greyhounds at BYU Cougars

Date: Tuesday, December 18
Location: Marriott Center, Provo
TV:
BYUtv, 7 PM Utah Time

Stats Comparison:

Statistic BYU Cougars ENMU Greyhounds
(per game) Stat Rank Stat Rank
Points 81 79 72.9
Rebounds 40 119 34.7
Assists 20 22 12.8
Field Goal % 55% 24 47%
3 – PT % 36% 127 40%
Steals 4 289 6.2
Blocks 8 14 3.6
Stats are current as of December 15

How they match up:

Eastern New Mexico plays in the Lone Star Conference in the Division II.  They are 5-4 this season.  They average 72.9 PPG against 69.2 PPG allowed.  But they only have two guys over 6-5 and both have only played in one game this season though it appears one just made his first appearance in their last game.  They can bomb from distance and that will likely be the only thing that keeps them in this game

BYU just needs to play a clean game; they need not do anything special or super.  Just go out, execute, and throw the ball to a big man that they can’t stop.  Let the rest of the team beat them how they may, but just get the ball to Davies.

Prediction: BYU wins in Provo 85 – 68

Baylor LogoBYU Cougars at Baylor Bears

Date: Saturday, December 21
Location: Farrell Center, Waco, Texas
TV:
ESPN2, 7 PM Utah Time

Stats Comparison:

Statistic BYU Cougars Baylor Bears
(per game) Stat Rank Stat Rank
Points 75 62 77.1 44
Rebounds 39.9 44 37.3 108
Assists 17.1 18 14.2 96
Field Goal % 44% 174 48% 29
3 – PT % 31% 244 34% 168
Steals 7.89 116 8 104
Blocks 3.89 135 4.33 102
Stats are current as of December 15

How they match up:

Last season, this was a very entertaining game in Provo.  Matt Carlino made his long-awaited debut and had a game that had a lot of us feeling pretty good about the Jimmer departure.  I’m sure you recall with vivid clarity (as I unfortunately do) that Brandon Davies ended up with the ball in his hands for a final three point attempt that wound up blocked.

This season, the Bears are a pretty good team once again and not too long ago, knocked down the #8 Wildcats in Lexington, Kentucky.  They have four guys averaging double figures in scoring, led by senior guard Pierre Jackson (19.8 PPG, .376 from 3, 6.2 APG and 2.1 SPG.)  Their big three is also anchored by 7-1 center Isaiah Austin and 6-9 forward Cory Jefferson.  Both are big men who play close to the basket and get a lot of easy shots.  They shoot .527 and .630 respectively.  They combine for almost 27 PPG and 16.5 RPG.  Plus, the 7-foot big man shoots a respectable 36% from distance, hitting on 7/21 this year.  That’s just plain scary.

BYU will need Nate Austin, Ian Harward, and Augustin Ambrosino to step up their games as well in this match up or the team will get battered inside.  The shooters will need to find their marks early and often to keep the perimeter from closing on Brandon Davies or else he will find it hard to operate inside and in turn will likely find himself in early and persistent foul trouble.

This game marks one of the last few “resume makers” before conference play begins and the Cougars need to come out ready. I think the Cougars exact revenge for the one that slipped away last season.

Prediction: BYU wins in Waco 84-79

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