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BYU’s WCC opener pushed back further as Pacific game postponed; Weber State and Dixie State games canceled this week

Brigham Young Cougars guard Connor Harding (44) defends Weber State Wildcats guard Zahir Porter (0) as BYU and Weber State play an NCAA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
Brigham Young Cougars guard Connor Harding (44) defends Weber State Wildcats guard Zahir Porter (0) as BYU and Weber State play an NCAA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The BYU men’s basketball team will have to continue to wait for its West Coast Conference opener.

The Cougars’ matchup with Pacific scheduled for this Thursday was postponed due to COVID-19 related protocols within the Tigers’ program. It’s the third straight WCC game for BYU that has been postponed — including games at Pepperdine and San Diego last week — after the Cougars made it through non-conference play without a game being called off.

BYU’s next scheduled game is now at Saint Mary’s on Jan. 14.

Weber State, which had two games canceled against Big Sky opponent Idaho State because of COVID-19 before scheduling an impromptu matchup with UVU last Saturday, also had games this week canceled because of COVID-19-related issues.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play Eastern Washington at home on Thursday and Saturday, but because of ongoing COVID-19 issues in the Eagles’ program, those games are off.

As of right now, all Big Sky Conference games that are canceled will not be rescheduled.

Weber State’s next scheduled game is Jan. 21 against Southern Utah at the Dee Events Center.

Late Monday, Dixie State became the third Utah Division I program to have its games canceled this week by COVID-19 issues. The Trailblazers’ two home games this weekend against defending WAC champion New Mexico State were canceled after the Aggie program paused team activities due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The games against New Mexico State were later rescheduled for the weekend of March 5-6. Dixie State’s two games against the Aggie will be played at Burns Arena each night, with 7 p.m. tip times.

Dixie State’s next scheduled games are back-to-back contests at UT Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 15-16.