BYU (15-4) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (18-0)

  • Tipoff: 9 p.m. MST
  • Venue: Marriott Center 
  • TV: ESPN 
  • Livestream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio — Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
  • Series: The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 19-7, with the Zags beating the Cougars 86-69 on Jan. 7 in Spokane, Washington.
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The stakes

For BYU: The Cougars are hosting the nation’s No. 1 team for the second time in school history. The last time came in 2017, when BYU lost 85-75 to the top-ranked Zags. This could be the Cougars’ last chance during the regular season for a win over a team in the top 100 of the NET rankings — Gonzaga is currently No. 2 — if postponed games against Saint Mary’s (No. 64) and San Francisco (No. 84) aren’t rescheduled. 

For Gonzaga: The Zags currently have five games scheduled over the remainder of the regular season, and BYU has the highest NET ranking (No. 27), while Gonzaga also has games at San Francisco and home against Saint Mary’s left. This could be the Bulldogs’ biggest remaining hurdle to an undefeated regular season.

The trends

For BYU: The Cougars have won six of seven — and two straight — since losing to Gonzaga in their West Coast Conference opener last month.

For Gonzaga: The Zags haven’t lost since their last trip to Provo — on Feb. 22, 2020, when the Cougars knocked off then No. 2-Gonzaga 91-78 at the Marriott Center.

Next up

BYU’s next scheduled game right now is Feb. 18 at Pacific — though that could change considering the Cougars have a handful of recently postponed games that could be rescheduled — while the Zags play at San Francisco on Saturday (their game at Santa Clara scheduled for Thursday was postponed Monday morning).