Big 12 BYU/UCF Games Will Expand Cougars Brief History In Florida

Jan 12, 2024, 11:37 AM

BYU Basketball, UCF Knights, Noah Waterman, Florida...

BYU basketball will play a road game in Florida for only the fourth time in program history against UCF. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s not often BYU basketball travels to the state of Florida.

Saturday’s game at UCF will mark the first time since 1999 that BYU is playing a true road game in the Sunshine State. That’s when BYU traveled to face Florida International University.

BYU Basketball is playing its first road game in Florida since 1999

The Cougars won that game over FIU thanks to a career-high 26 points from Terrell Lyday.

Again, it’s rare for BYU to make trips to Florida.

Besides the FIU game in 1999, Saturday’s contest against UCF will be only the fourth true road game in Florida. The other two games were against the Miami Hurricanes.

BYU lost both of the games to the Hurricanes in 1989 and 1959.

Outside of those three games, BYU also played in a multi-team event in 1991 at the now-demolished Orlando Arena, the former home of the Orlando Magic, in the Red Lobster Classic. They faced Florida and Michigan, splitting those two games.

To prepare for the farther-than-usual travel for the game against UCF, BYU flew into Orlando on Thursday night. Traveling two days in advance for a conference game is strange, but when you’re in a national league like the Big 12, that’s the norm now.

UCF will travel to Provo later this season on February 13.

BYU continues to look for its first Big 12 win. Coming into the season, this trip to UCF felt like one of the winnable games as the Knights were picked to finish last in the league.

After UCF took down No. 3 Kansas at home, it’s another example of no nights off in the Big 12 Conference.

No. 18 BYU vs. UCF

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2024

Tip: 2 p.m. (MT)/4 p.m. (ET)

TV: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Radio: KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM – Coverage begins at Noon with Cougar Sports Saturday from Orlando)

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X and Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football Roster, Spring Camp, Kalani Sitake, Sam Vander Haar...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Roster For 2024 Spring Camp

BYU's roster during spring football practices.

2 hours ago

AP Top 25, BYU Basketball, Trevin Knell...

Mitch Harper

BYU Climbs Back Into AP Top 25 Rankings, Utah State Stays Put

The final AP Top 25 poll of the regular season features two teams from the state of Utah.

5 hours ago

BYU Basketball, Kansas Jayhawks, All-Time Win...

Mitch Harper

Cougar Sports Roundtable: Where BYU’s Win At Kansas Ranks, Spring Ball Objectives

The Cougar Sports Saturday crew ranks the greatest wins in BYU basketball history, plus looks at the key objectives for BYU football in spring camp.

7 hours ago

Big 12 Basketball, Power Rankings, BYU, Kansas...

Mitch Harper

Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: BYU Soars Entering Final Week

Big 12 basketball enters the final week of the regular season.

24 hours ago

Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament, Bracket, 2024 Schedule...

Mitch Harper

Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, Schedule Released For 2024 Season

The bracket and schedule for the 14-team field in the Big 12 Women's Tournament.

1 day ago

BYU Basketball, Fousseyni Traore, TCU...

Mitch Harper

Takeaways From BYU’s Comeback Victory Over TCU

BYU's Fousseyni Traore and Richie Saunders shined in the comeback win over the Horned Frogs.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles


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

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

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.

Big 12 BYU/UCF Games Will Expand Cougars Brief History In Florida