BYU COUGARS

BYU Basketball Holds Latter-day Saint Devotional For Oklahoma Youth

Feb 4, 2024, 11:09 PM

BYU Basketball, Devotional, Oklahoma...

BYU basketball forward Richie Saunders speaks during a Latter-day Saint devotional in Norman, Oklahoma. (Courtesy of BYU Athletics)

(Courtesy of BYU Athletics)

The Big 12 schedule created a unique opportunity for BYU basketball to connect with individuals in Oklahoma.

Instead of making the cross-country trip back to Provo after their 86-73 win over West Virginia on Saturday, BYU hoops flew out of West Virginia on Sunday directly to Norman, Oklahoma.

BYU takes on the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday night. It will be the first meeting in Norman since 1986.

BYU basketball hosts Latter-day Saint Devotional in Oklahoma

On Sunday evening, BYU coach Mark Pope, his wife Lee Anne Pope, and players on the nationally-ranked BYU squad hosted a devotional in Norman for the youth in Oklahoma.

Devotionals are often an evening gathering of members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share their testimonies of Jesus Christ. BYU is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It was a multi-stake event for members of the Church in Oklahoma. No official attendance number was provided. But the chapel in Norman, Oklahoma, was at capacity, with more than half of the gym filled with attendees.

BYU has nine players who have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Nine players on the 2023-24 BYU basketball roster have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Among the nine include starting point guard Dallin Hall, who served in Fresno, California, amidst a global pandemic from 2020-22. Starter Spencer Johnson (Milan, Italy; 2016-18), and sharpshooter Trevin Knell (Montevideo, Uruguay; 2017-19).

Sunday night’s devotional in Oklahoma is believed to be the first in-season devotional BYU basketball has held during the Mark Pope era (since 2019).

Before BYU basketball was in the Big 12 Conference, they were a member of the WCC. The league schedule in the WCC was centered around a Thursday-Saturday format, so there was never an opportunity for travel on a Sunday.

In the Big 12, games have typically been on a Saturday-Tuesday schedule for BYU. This road swing of West Virginia and Oklahoma was the first occurrence of back-to-back road games from Saturday to Tuesday.

BYU takes on the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday, February 6, at 6 p.m. (MT) on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM).

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

Rick Pitino, Mark Pope, BYU Basketball...

Mitch Harper

Rick Pitino Gives Mark Pope Praise After BYU Defeats Baylor

Rick Pitino gave a shoutout to Mark Pope after the Cougars big win over Baylor.

9 hours ago

BYU Basketball, Aly Khalifa, Baylor...

Mitch Harper

Key Takeaways From BYU’s Victory Against Baylor

The notable takeaways from BYU's home win over Baylor.

9 hours ago

BYU center Aly Khalifa shoots a three-point shot against the Baylor Bears...

Matt Baiamonte

Answering Questions From No. 25 BYU Win Over No.11 Baylor

Aly Khalifa had a big bounce-back performance for BYU. The "Egyptian Magician" led the Cougars in scoring with 14 points.

13 hours ago

BYU/Baylor, Game Recap, Trevin Knell...

Mitch Harper

No. 25 BYU Earns Critical Big 12 Home Win Over No. 11 Baylor

BYU gets the much-needed bounceback victory taking down No. 11 Baylor.

14 hours ago

BYU/Baylor, Game Preview, Big 12...

Mitch Harper

No. 25 BYU Looks For Bounceback At Home Against No. 11 Baylor

BYU hots Baylor in a Top 25 showdown in Big 12 Conference action.

2 days ago

BYU Basketball, Predictions, Remaining Games...

Mitch Harper

Cougar Sports Roundtable: Projecting BYU’s Remaining Games, College Football 25 Video Game

Three questions centered around BYU sports for the Cougar Sports Saturday crew.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

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 KSLSports.com 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.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

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.

BYU Basketball Holds Latter-day Saint Devotional For Oklahoma Youth