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BYU Basketball’s WCC Opener Postponed Due To COVID-19

Dec 29, 2021, 2:31 PM | Updated: 2:43 pm
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BYU basketball coach Mark Pope frowns as a UVU victory against BYU is imminent at Utah Valley University in Orem on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – The BYU basketball team sees their West Coast Conference opener postponed for the second year in a row due to an opponent dealing with COVID-19.

Portland Pilots are experiencing COVID issues within their program resulting in the postponement of Saturday, January 1’s game against BYU. The game will be rescheduled for a later date.

“Not [the] outcome we were obviously hoping for, but necessary,” Portland’s director of athletics Scott Leykam tweeted. “We will work with BYU on a rescheduling date as soon as possible.”

BYU’s first WCC game of the 2022 season is now scheduled for January 6 in Provo against the Pacific Tigers.

Four teams in the WCC are currently on pause due to COVID-19; Portland, Pepperdine, San Diego, and Santa Clara.

Last year, BYU had its first three WCC games postponed before a game against Gonzaga in The Kennel was moved up.

BYU is currently 11-3 on the season and concludes non-conference play tonight against Division II Westminster at the Marriott Center.

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.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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