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BYU Basketball Hosts San Francisco Dons Team Heading In Wrong Direction

Feb 24, 2021, 10:45 PM | Updated: 10:45 pm
BYU Basketball - Alex Barcello - USF...
Brigham Young Cougars guard Alex Barcello (4) and San Francisco Dons guard Khalil Shabazz (0) fight for the ball in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. BYU won 90-76. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball heads into the final week of their 2020-21 regular season as they host the San Francisco Dons. This game was a recent addition to the schedule after the WCC modified the schedule for the final week of the season.

Originally, these two teams were going to meet on January 30th in Provo, but San Francisco had to postpone the game due to COVID-19 issues in their program.

Since the Dons went on break, it hasn’t gone well for USF. San Francisco has lost four consecutive games and five of their last six. This includes a 72-63 setback against BYU on the Hilltop back on January 16.

BYU, on the other hand, is starting to play their best basketball at the right time. The Cougars are winners of four of their last five games. In the four victories, they’ve defeated their opponents by an average of 24.5 points per game.

BYU is projected in every major Bracketology projection for the upcoming NCAA Tournament in March, and they continue to rise up the NCAA’s NET rankings. The Cougars are at No. 20 in the NET as of Wednesday.

This will be the first home game at the Marriott Center that will feature fans this season. BYU home games this year have been limited to only friends and family of the players and coaches. There will be less than 2,000 fans according to head coach Mark Pope to watch the Cougars play the Dons.

BYU vs. San Francisco – West Coast Conference hoops

Where: Marriott Center

Location: Provo, Utah

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7 p.m. (MT)

BYU/San Francisco: How To Watch

TV: CBS Sports Network

Announcers: TBA

Which Channel: DirecTV (221), Dish Network (158), Verizon FiOS (594), Comcast Xfinity (753 in Salt Lake City).

BYU/USF: How To Listen

Radio: KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM)

Radio Stream: KSLnewsradio.com

Mobile App: KSL NewsRadio app on iOS and Google Play

Pregame coverage of BYU vs. USF begins Thursday at 6 p.m. (MT) on your legacy home of the BYU Cougars, KSL NewsRadio.

How To Stream

Stream: CBS Sports app or cbssports.com/cbs-sports-network. Log in with your television provider credentials.

Who To Follow on Social Media

BYU Fast Facts

2020-21 Record: 17-5 overall, 8-3 WCC

NET Ranking: 20

KenPom: 19

BPI: 28

Sagarin: 29

KPI: 14

Head Coach: Mark Pope (2nd year at BYU, 6th year as Division I head coach)

Pope’s Coaching Record at BYU: 41-13

Pope’s record against USF: 2-1

USF Fast Facts

2020-21 Record: 10-11 overall, 4-7 WCC

NET Ranking: 108

KenPom: 102

BPI: 116

Sagarin: 122

KPI: 132

Head Coach: Todd Golden (2nd season at USF, same as Division I head coach)

Golden’s Coaching Record at USF: 32-23

Golden’s record against BYU: 1-2

Where each team ranks in the WCC Adjusted Win Percentage Standings

As of February 24th, 2021

1. Gonzaga – 13-0 (0.960 AWP)

2. BYU – 8-3 (0.798)

3. Pepperdine – 6-5 (0.638)

4. Saint Mary’s – 3-5 (0.562)

5. Pacific – 5-6 (0.508)

6. LMU – 6-4 (0.502)

7. Santa Clara – 4-4 (0.446)

8. San Francisco – 4-7 (0.330)

9. San Diego – 2-6 (0.242)

10. Portland – 0-11 (0.008)

Last Game Starting Lineups

BYU

G – Alex Barcello, Sr.; 6-2, 180

G – Brandon Averette, Sr.; 5-11, 185

F – Gideon George, Jr.; 6-6, 190

F – Caleb Lohner, Fr.; 6-8, 230

F – Matt Haarms, Sr.; 7-3, 250

San Francisco

G – Khalil Shabazz, Jr.; 6-1, 170

G – Jamaree Bouyea, Sr.; 6-2, 180

F – Josh Kunen, Soph.; 6-8, 210

F – Dzmitry Ryuny, Jr.; 6-9, 205

F – Taavi Jurkatamm, Sr.; 6-9, 210

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

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