BYU Basketball Looks For Bounce Back Win Against Weber State

Dec 17, 2021, 1:22 PM
Alex Barcello - BYU...
Alex Barcello makes a jump shot against Weber State (Courtesy of BYU Photo)
(Courtesy of BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – A long week off was just what was needed for the Cougars. BYU fell flat against Creighton last Saturday as the losses of Richard Harward and Gavin Baxter loom bigger and bigger. Finals week brings with it a much needed reset as BYU rounds out the end of their non-conference schedule. Up next is a tough in-state foe in the Weber State Wildcats.

Weber State is a projected NCAA tournament team that has started their season 9-2. BYU enters this game 8-2, and 2-1 against in-state teams. Head Coach Mark Pope has spoken on the tough non-conference he and his staff have put together. The Cougars have been challenged to start this season and they can’t overlook another formidable foe.

BYU vs. Weber State

Tip: 6 p.m. (MT)

Location: Dee Events Center (Odgen, Utah)

Radio: KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM)

Last Meeting: 2020: BYU 87, Weber State 79 at Vivint Arena

BYU Basketball Looks To Bounce Back Against Weber State

The Cougars struggled to compete in the paint early in the loss to Creighton last week. Although the team improved in the second half, it wasn’t enough to overcome a rough first 20 minutes. Since Gavin Baxter went down with a torn ACL early against Utah Valley, BYU has really struggled. They’re 2-2 with some gritty wins and tough losses.

In place of Harward and Baxter, sophomore Caleb Lohner has moved into the five spot in the starting lineup. Lohner, already an elite rebounder, is undersized for most match-ups. The match-up should work in BYU’s favor on Saturday. Weber State experimented with a smaller lineup in their loss to Utah State on Wednesday. The Cougars would be thrilled to match small-ball lineups with the Wildcats.

BYU, who started the season attacking the paint and controlling the boards, have had to adjust with the injuries to their big men. The Cougars started the season as one of the nation’s worst three-point shooting teams. Outside of star Alex Barcello, the team struggled to shoot from deep. But in their last two games, BYU is 23-47 (48%) from three. They will need to continue to shoot well from three to maintain their early season success.

Senior Guards Lead The Way For BYU

Ultimately, BYU goes as Alex Barcello goes. As long as the senior guard is playing well, the Cougars will have a shot in any game. Barcello, who’s averaging 19.4 ppg and shooting 46% from three, carries the team on his shoulders and will be instrumental to getting off to a hot start against Weber State.

As will his running mate, fellow senior guard Te’Jon Lucas. Lucas has struggled shooting early this season, he’s averaging 11.3 ppg and shooting just 41% from the field and under 30% from three. However, Lucas has shown off his ability as a playmaker and the chemistry between the six-year senior and his new teammates continues to improve. Lucas will find a more consistent shooting stroke as the season progresses; BYU is relying on it.

BYU vs. Weber State Prediction

BYU has yet to lose back-to-back games in the Mark Pope era. It’s been an incredibly consistent run for Pope and his staff, in their third season at BYU. The Cougars were exposed in the loss to Creighton, but exposure opens the door for improvement.

I expect the Cougars to bounce back with a win against Weber State. Creighton was a tough match-up with their size and length. The Wildcats will likely play a smaller lineup, something that will help a banged up BYU team. The senior backcourt combines for 40 points and the Cougars hit 10+ three’s for the third-straight game.

BYU 81, Weber State 65

You can listen to the game on KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Dallen Graff is a KSL Sports Contributor. He is the Producer of Cougar Sports Saturday (SUBSCRIBE) on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on Twitter.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Basketball, Pacific Tigers, Fousseyni Traore...
Mitch Harper

Instant Takeaways From BYU’s 81-66 Win Over Pacific

BYU used a big run to end the first half to pull away from the Pacific Tigers.
1 day ago
Jeremy Mauss

Unrivaled Bold, Stupid Predictions: Zach Wilson Done With Jets, NHL To Salt Lake

One of the big predictions is that former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson has played his last game for the New York Jets.
1 day ago
Brigham Young Cougars guard Dallin Hall (30) lays the ball up during a NCAA basketball game at the ...
Matt Baiamonte

BYU Basketball Questions Answered In Win Against LMU

Considering the circumstances of the three game losing streak, the win against LMU goes down as the best win of the season for BYU basketball.
3 days ago
BYU Basketball, LMU, Fousseyni Traore...
Mitch Harper

Instant Takeaways From BYU’s 89-61 Win Over LMU

BYU basketball rolls through LMU to return to 5-5 in West Coast Conference play.
3 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Tyler Huntley Helps AFC Take Early Lead Over Fred Warner, NFC At Pro Bowl Games

Former Utah QB Tyler Huntley helped the AFC take an early lead over former BYU LB Fred Warner and the NFC at the Pro Bowl Games.
3 days ago
BYU Football, David Latu, Signing Day...
Mitch Harper

BYU Football Recruit Announces Commitment At Father’s Grave

David Latu had one of the more emotional Signing Day announcements you'll watch.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
BYU Basketball Looks For Bounce Back Win Against Weber State