One of the premier games on the college basketball schedule on Thursday night features one of the top teams in the country in conference action, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs get set to take on the BYU Cougars.
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While the Zags have not looked like the program that almost went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country, they are positioning themselves to be a threat come March once again. Following their loss to then-No. 6 Baylor back in early December, Gonzaga has reeled off nine-straight victories, three of which have come in conference play, along with a victory against nationally-ranked Alabama in December. While they are just one of two teams that is undefeated in West Coast Conference action thus far, the offense is up and down with the Bulldogs. Hitting the century mark is not uncommon for the squad, but they have only hit double digits in three of the past five games.
Though they are not in the top 25, the Cougars have been putting together a solid case that they could challenge teams like Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. Though they lost last Thursday to Loyola Marymount, BYU has put up solid defensive efforts to pick up conference victories over San Diego, Portland and Pacific. Back in non-conference play, the Cougars had tough battles against ranked opponents like San Diego State, while also beating a No. 21-ranked Creighton side in mid-December. Dating back to that win over the Bluejays, BYU has won nine of their last 10 games, and is tied for second in the WCC.
Gonzaga has handled BYU over the years, winning the last five meetings with the Cougars, and are 23-7 all-time.
What: NCAA Men’s Basketball
Who: #8 Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-3, 3-0 WCC) vs. BYU Cougars (13-6, 3-1 WCC)
When: Thursday, January 12
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Marriott Center (Provo, Utah)
Stream: FuboTV (Free Trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream
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