Report: BYU Basketball To Host Houston Cougars In 2018-19 Season
Dave Rose to face his alma mater for the first time since 2006.
The West Coast Conference made concessions in their scheduling approach for league members last month in an attempt to keep Gonzaga from leaving the WCC for the Mountain West Conference.
The attempt worked. As now there is a 16-game WCC schedule instead of 18-games. Thus, opening up two more non-conference slots for members of the WCC.
This is good news for BYU as the Cougars look to bolster their non-conference schedule next year so they have a better case towards receiving an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.
Jon Rothstein from CBS Sports & Fanrag Sports reported on Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that BYU has landed a game to host the Houston Cougars in the Marriott Center next season.
Houston was an excellent team last season. Advancing to the round of 32 before suddenly being knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by eventual National Runner-Up Michigan on a last second buzzer-beater.
The Coogs finished in the Top 20 of the final RPI rankings this past season.
Dave Rose played on Houston’s Phi Slamma Jamma teams, including the squad in 1983 that was upset by NC State in the National Championship.
Rose mentioned on his coaches show back on February 20th that there was a possibility of scheduling Houston to a home-and-home series and that the hang up was which school would get the first home game. According to Rothstein, the Cougars in blue will get the first home tilt.
Here’s the clip from Rose discussing a possible BYU-Houston series.