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College basketball viewer’s guide: BYU men have chance for series sweep (+more)

Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) and Matt Haarms (3) make jokes from the bench as their teammates play against Portland at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.
Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) and Matt Haarms (3) make jokes from the bench as their teammates play against Portland at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

It’s a bit of a slow week for Utah college basketball teams across the board, though there are opportunities for some teams to pick up important wins in their respective conference races during Week 10.

The BYU men’s team faces a team that has historically been tough to beat twice in a season, Pepperdine, while its scheduled game against San Francisco on Saturday was postponed. The Cougars beat the Waves in Provo last Saturday.

UVU and Weber State also have opportunities to pick up victories that could be critical come league tournament seeding time.

Note: Southern Utah men’s and women’s games at Idaho State were canceled due to COVID-19 issues, while the UVU women’s games at Tarleton State were postponed.


Wednesday

  • BYU men’s basketball at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. MST (BYUtv)
    The Cougars get a rare rematch with the Waves days after playing in Provo, thanks to COVID-19 rescheduling protocols. BYU sits at 4-1 in WCC play and would maintain its No. 2 spot in the standings with a win.
  • Utah State women’s basketball vs. UNLV, 6 p.m.
  • Utah State men’s basketball at UNLV, 9 p.m. (FS1)
    The Aggies fell 59-56 to the Rebels on Monday. Following an 11-game winning streak, Utah State has lost two straight and will try to earn a split in Las Vegas.

Thursday

  • Weber State women’s basketball vs. Idaho, 6 p.m. (Pluto TV)
  • Weber State men’s basketball at Idaho, 7 p.m. (Pluto TV)
    The Wildcats could gain some ground in the Big Sky standings with a sweep of last-place Idaho, which is winless this year. Weber State split a pair of games with SUU last week.

Friday

  • Utah women’s basketball vs. Oregon, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
  • UVU men’s basketball vs. Tarleton State, 6 p.m. (WAC Digital Network)
    The Wolverines lost at the Big East’s St. John’s last Saturday but return to WAC action with a prime opportunity to stay unbeaten in conference play. The Texans are winless in league games in their first season in the WAC.
  • Dixie State men’s basketball at Cal Baptist, 7 p.m. (WAC Digital Network)

Saturday

  • BYU women’s basketball vs. San Diego, Noon (BYUtv app)
    The Cougars beat Pacific on Tuesday to improve to 5-1 in league play. Now BYU has the chance to avenge its lone WCC defeat, a two-point loss in San Diego back on Jan. 4.
  • Weber State women’s basketball vs. Idaho, Noon (Pluto TV)
  • Weber State men’s basketball at Idaho, 1 p.m. (Pluto TV)
  • UVU men’s basketball vs. Tarleton State, 6 p.m. (WAC Digital Network)
  • Dixie State men’s basketball at Cal Baptist, 7 p.m. (WAC Digital Network)
    The Trailblazers entered the week on a six-game losing streak and are still searching for the team’s first WAC win. Cal Baptist, meanwhile, has won four straight.
  • Utah men’s basketball at Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
    The Utes’ lone game this week comes against a Buffaloes program that already beat Utah in Salt Lake City earlier this year and sits in a tie for third in the conference standings.

Sunday

  • Utah women’s basketball vs. Oregon State, Noon
    The Utes have a good opportunity to build on their win total in a learning season when the Beavers, who sit one spot below Utah in the Pac-12 standings, come to town.

3 national games to watch

  • No. 14 Ohio State at No. 16 Indiana, women’s basketball
    Thursday, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
    Both teams enter the game with just one league loss. The Buckeyes have won a pair over top 15 teams since their lone loss this season, while the Hoosiers are on a four-game winning streak.
  • No. 9 Alabama at No. 24 Oklahoma, men’s basketball
    Saturday, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
    The SEC/Big 12 Challenge matches up a pair of teams at or near the top of their respective conference standings. It’s a rare nonconference treat in a season compounded by COVID-19 issues.
  • No. 8 Virginia at No. 20 Virginia Tech, men’s basketball
    Saturday, 4 p.m. (ACC Network)
    These two in-state rivals face off in a game that carries plenty of weight: the Cavaliers sit atop the ACC standings, while the Hokies entered the week tied at No. 3. Virginia Tech could make up for a loss to Syracuse in its most recent game.