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Which WCC opponents will BYU basketball play only once in 2020-21?

The Cougars will play San Diego and Santa Clara only one time each — at home against San Diego and on the road against Santa Clara. 

BYU Mark Pope coaches against Pepperdine in the WCC Tournament last March.
BYU Cougars coach Mark Pope reacts after a bad pass was stolen by Pepperdine Waves guard Jade’ Smith (5) as BYU and Pepperdine play in semifinal West Coast Conference tournament basketball action at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, March 8, 2021. BYU won 82-77 in overtime.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The West Coast Conference announced Thursday the matchups for the 2021-22 men’s basketball season.

As part of its 16-game WCC schedule, BYU will play San Diego and Santa Clara only one time each — at home against San Diego and on the road against Santa Clara.

The Cougars will face the seven other WCC programs twice, both home and away.

For the third straight year, the WCC will feature a 16-game schedule rather than an 18-game slate to allow for more nonconference scheduling flexibility. The league’s presidents and athletic directors put the scheduling initiatives in place in an attempt to enhance the national profile of the WCC’s 10 basketball programs and get more teams into the NCAA Tournament.

Last season, Mark Pope’s BYU squad posted a 20-7 record and earned a No. 23 national ranking. The Cougars returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years and, as a No. 6 seed, fell to UCLA in the first round.

Perennial WCC champ Gonzaga lost in the NCAA title game against Baylor.

Conference play begins Thursday, Dec. 30. Specific dates and times for each game will be announced later this summer after the conference’s league schedule is finalized.

The 2022 UCU WCC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place March 3-8 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The regular-season WCC matchups for the 2021-22 season are listed below.


BYU

Home/road: Gonzaga, LMU, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco

Home: San Diego

Road: Santa Clara


Gonzaga

Home/road: BYU, LMU, Pacific, Pepperdine, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, Santa Clara

Home: Portland

Road: San Diego


Loyola Marymount

Home/road: BYU, Gonzaga, Pacific, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Santa Clara

Home: Pepperdine

Road: San Francisco


Pacific

Home/road: BYU, Gonzaga, LMU, Pepperdine, Portland, San Diego, Santa Clara

Home: San Francisco

Road: Saint Mary’s


Pepperdine

Home/road: BYU, Gonzaga, Pacific, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco

Home: Santa Clara

Road: LMU


Portland

Home/road: BYU, LMU, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara

Home: Saint Mary’s

Road: Gonzaga


Saint Mary’s

Home/road: BYU, Gonzaga, LMU, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara

Home: Pacific

Road: Portland


San Diego

Home/road: LMU, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, Santa Clara

Home: Gonzaga

Road: BYU


San Francisco

Home/road: BYU, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Santa Clara

Home: LMU

Road: Pacific


Santa Clara

Home/road: Gonzaga, LMU, Pacific, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco

Home: BYU

Road: Pepperdine