Shorthanded during last week's split decision at Pacific and St. Mary's, the BYU basketball team returns to the West Coast Conference road this weekend, visiting San Diego for a Saturday matinee.
Head coach Dave Rose said on Thursday that guard Anson Winder is ready to play again after missing both games last week with a knee sprain, but big man Nate Austin has re-injured his hamstring and will not be ready to take on the Toreros.
"Today was probably the toughest day for (Winder), just recovering from a couple of hard practices," said Rose. "I anticipate that he'll feel good...and hopefully we'll have him for the game on Saturday."
PROVO — Brigham Young University and Michigan State University announced Wednesday a home-and-home football series between the two schools.
PROVO — The BYU football program has a new strength and conditioning coach. Bronco Mendenhall announced the hiring of Frank Wintrich on Friday.
PROVO — You win some and you lose some, to sum up the BYU Cougars' past week at the Marriott Center. Starting out with a disappointing 67-61 loss to Pepperdine on Thursday night, the Cougars bounced back with an 85-72 win Saturday against Loyola Marymount. For the next two games, BYU heads out on the road to face two very different conference opponents, opening against the Pacific Tigers who have lost their last two games.
Add Anson Winder to the list of BYU players who have spent time on this season's injured list. Winder's status for the Cougars' upcoming road swing to Pacific and St. Mary's is up in the air after a knee injury suffered during Saturday's home win over Loyola Marymount.
BYU head coach Dave Rose, asked on Tuesday if Winder would be able to play on Thursday in Stockton, said "right now, we don't know."
"It's just a matter of seeing how quickly it will heal," said Rose. "He wanted to do more (in practice) than he did today, so that was a little discouraging. Hopefully it heals quick."
BYU will face LSU in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Sept. 2, 2017 at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium), it was announced on Thursday.
"We are thrilled to announce that LSU and BYU will be competing in the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game at NRG Stadium to open the college football season," said Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. "We look forward to hosting these two great football programs and their passionate fan bases for what has become a Labor Day weekend tradition in Houston. This game reinforces the reputation that Houston and NRG Stadium have earned as a premier destination for college football."
"We continue to be pleased with the growth of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff," said Pete Derzis, Sr. Vice President, ESPN Events. "Both teams have a great fan following and rich history, which will continue to bring a high level of interest to our game."
PROVO — The BYU Cougars are riding a three-game winning streak into Thursday night’s home game against Pepperdine. The 13-4 Cougars return to the Marriott Center after a 2-0 road trip that saw the team’s offense come to life. In wins over Santa Clara and San Francisco, BYU jumped out to big leads early on the strength of hot shooting.
PROVO — The BYU Cougars, fresh off a convincing WCC road swing in the Bay Area, are feeling confident heading into a week of home games. BYU, which won both games against Santa Clara and San Francisco by at least 30 points, has now won three games in a row since switching to a four-guard starting lineup. BYU head coach Dave Rose discussed his team’s improved play last week during his weekly radio show on Tuesday night.
"I think our guys can be really proud of what we did," Rose said. "It was really fun to watch … you can see the defense, they are trying to figure out which guy to stop, and the ball just moves.”
PROVO — Coming off a busy December full of victory and defeat, the BYU Cougar basketball team prepares to enter not only a new year but a full slate of West Coast Conference games.
The last time the BYU basketball team played a game outside the state of Utah, Thanksgiving turkeys were still in the freezer, and the Cougars were being soothed by ocean breezes.
Not since the Maui Invitational in late November have the Cougars played a game they had to reach via air travel. BYU has played nine games post-Maui: six home games, two in-state away games (at Utah State and Weber State), and a neutral-court game in Salt Lake City.
Now comes the Cougars' first West Coast Conference road swing, through Santa Clara and San Francisco, this Thursday and Saturday.