BYU Basketball: Cougars Schedule Two-Game Series With San Diego State
Who remembers Jimmer tearing it up at Viejas Arena?
Programs outside the power structure need quadrant 1 games
Dave Rose and the BYU Basketball program continue to stack the non-conference with -at a minimum- interesting games. But on paper, they look to be quality games for tournament resume building.
The latest addition is a familiar name. Old Mountain West Conference and WAC foe San Diego State. The Cougars will travel to Montezuma Mesa on December 22nd, 2018, for their first appearance inside Viejas Arena since 2011.
The Aztecs will return the trip to Provo on November 9th, 2019, which based on the date, would be a season-opener.
That last visit to Montezuma Mesa was one for the ages in BYU Basketball history. San Diego State was ranked No. 6 and BYU was ranked No. 7, and the Cougar Cagers led by Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Brandon Davies, Noah Hartsock, Charles Abouo, and others, went in there and silenced The Show (SDSU student section) with a dominating 80-67 victory.
SDSU head coach Brian Dutcher told Mark Zeigler from the San Diego Union-Tribune that he views BYU as Quadrant 1 opponent:
“We need opportunities to play other Tier 1 teams, and I consider BYU a Tier 1 team,” Dutcher said. “I think we’re the same. It’s a chance to play a quality opponent home-and-home, and we don’t have to go three time zones away to do it.”
Mid-Majors working together to schedule quality games in the non-conference is something that both BYU and San Diego State for once can agree on.