Brigham Young University men’s basketball opens up their 2020-2021 season next week by playing three games in four days. They begin by hosting Westminster, they’ll play New Orleans on Thanksgiving Day, and then have just one day off before taking on their cross-town rivals, Utah Valley, on Saturday.
BYU basketball head coach Mark Pope said, “We’re really excited about the schedule. it could be the death of us, but there’s nothing better than playing great teams in non-conference, so we’re really excited.”
First up is Westminster. The Griffins went 16-12 last season led by Brandon Warr, who averaged 15.3 points per game. However, Warr has since transferred to, where else, but BYU, where he will redshirt this season.
The Cougars’ next game is against New Orleans, a team they haven’t faced since a loss to the Privateers in 1987. New Orleans struggled last season with a final record of 9-21. This year, they’ll look to senior guard Troy Green, who scored 14.6 points per game last season.
BYU will wrap up their first week of play against UVU, a team once coached by Mark Pope and featuring the former teammates of transfers Wyatt Lowell and Richard Harward.
Harward said of playing UVU, “I get to face the team I was just from pretty soon, so I’m excited to go and see some of those guys again.”
Last season, Utah Valley was 11-19 and the Wolverines are 1-4 all-time against the Cougars. BYU forward, Kolby Lee, said, “We look at every game as the hardest of the season, so no matter who we play, the next game is the biggest challenge in front of us.”
Watch BYU tipoff against Westminster Wednesday, November 25th, at 7 p.m. MST on BYUtv.