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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Marriott Center (20,900) -- Provo, Utah. Television: BYUtv. Home Record: USF 6-5, BYU 11-1. Away Record: USF 3-5, BYU 5-4. Neutral Record: USF 1-3, BYU 2-2. Conference Record: USF 3-7, BYU 8-3. Series Record: BYU leads, 8-5.
GAME NOTES: The San Francisco Dons look to avenge an early season loss as they invade the Marriott Center for a West Coast Conference bout with the BYU Cougars.
This will be just the 13th meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood. BYU owns an 8-5 all-time series edge after its 80-76 victory in San Francisco on Jan. 5.
The Dons have been playing better as of late, with three wins in their last five games. The two losses during that span came at Gonzaga (66-52) and at home to Saint Mary's (67-63) before an 86-78 victory at Pepperdine in the team's last appearance. The decision over the Waves rose Rex Walters's Dons to a 10-13 overall record and 3-7 WCC standing. Junior forward Cole Dickerson is one of the top interior players in the conference this season. He is pacing the team with 14.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest and has nine double- doubles to his credit. Cody Doolin is a solid point guard with 12.2 points and 5.7 assists to 2.7 turnovers per tilt, while De'End Parker chips in 11.9 ppg.
Dickerson posted his ninth double-double of the season at Pepperdine with 26 points and 11 rebounds in USF's eight-point victory. Cody Doolin was two assists shy of a double-double with 13 points and Avry Holmes added 15 points on the power of 4-of-4 shooting from distance off the bench. USF shot 51.7 percent for the game and 58.3 percent from long distance, while the Waves shot at a 50-percent clip (28-for-56) in the contest. The Dons are fifth in the WCC in league games only with an average of 67.5 points, but they are second to last with an allowed mark of 72.3 ppg.
As for the Cougars, they will be looking to bounce back from their surprising, 74-68 loss at San Diego they suffered on Thursday night. The setback to a team it had already defeated by 17 points at home dropped BYU to an 18-7 overall record and put it two games back of Gonzaga in the WCC race for first place.
Against San Diego on Thursday, Tyler Haws went 10-of-17 from the field to net 27 points for BYU. Brandon Davies contributed a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. The Toreros held a 41-34 edge in the rebounding battle to overcome being outscored, 38-32, in the paint and also, 23-15, in points off of turnovers. The Cougars converted only 11-of-22 free throw attempts in the setback. While currently leading the conference in scoring, Haws is putting up 20.9 ppg, thanks in large part to his efforts from beyond the arc (40.5 percent) and also at the free- throw line (117-of-136). Davies (18.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg) provides consistent post scoring while Matt Carlino is contributing 11.2 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while running the show from the point guard position. As a team, BYU is scoring 77.6 ppg this season and giving up 68.0 ppg.
The Cougars should be able to regain their footing in the friendly confines of the Marriott Center, where they have lost just once this season. USF will put up a solid fight if it follows the blueprint laid out by San Diego on Thursday, but it does not have the firepower to match Haws and Davies for 40 minutes on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 83, San Francisco 75
02/09 10:38:19 ET
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