BYU vs. No. 14 Gonzaga: Preview, Score Prediction

BYU vs. No. 14 Gonzaga: Preview, Score Prediction

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BYU vs. No. 14 Gonzaga: Preview, Score Prediction

BYU vs. No. 14 Gonzaga: Preview, Score Prediction


Check out the BYU vs. No. 14 Gonzaga game preview and score prediction


BYU (18-6, 7-4) vs. No. 14 Gonzaga (20-4, 10-1) Game Preview

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GAME INFO

Date: Saturday, February 3rd

Tip-off: 8:00 p.m. MT

Venue: McCarthy Athletic Center

Radio: BYU Sports Network/BYU Radio & KSL 1160/102.7 FM

TV/Stream: ESPN2

PROJECTED BYU LINEUP

TJ Haws

Jahshire Hardnett

Elijah Bryant

Zac Seljaas

Yoeli Childs

PROJECTED GONZAGA LINEUP

Silas Melson

Josh Perkins

Zach Norvell Jr.

Jonathan Williams

Killian Tillie

THREE KEYS TO A BYU VICTORY

  1. Eli Bryant needs to produce a vlog-worthy performance

If BYU wants to get their fourth straight victory in The Kennel, Elijah Bryant will need to go ham like he has all season, but he might need to have a career-night for the Cougars to pull off the upset.  If Eli does have a career-night, imagine the vlog title? NCAA BASKETBALL PLAYER SCORES 40 POINTS IN A DOG HOUSE!

  1. Limit Gonzaga to one shot every possession

Offensive rebounds will be critical in this game.  Unlike BYU, the Zags have a bench that they can turn to throughout the game.  Gonzaga will be fresh and they’ll have Killian Tillie, Jacob Larsen, Rui Hachimura, and Corey Kispert to help attack the glass after a missed shot.  Yoeli Childs can only do so much.  Zac Seljaas and Luke Worthington need to be assignment sound and box out.

  1. Embrace the spoiler role yet again

The LMU loss was downright awful.  But it’s time to move on.  No better game to try and move on from then facing the Zags in The Kennel.  Gonzaga is going to feel more pressure in this game to win than BYU.  Gonzaga is looking to stay within reach of St. Mary’s and also end this surprising losing-streak to BYU.  If you get down early, don’t be phased, play a complete 40 minutes.

SCORE PREDICTION

Gonzaga, 72, BYU 63

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