The Cougars have 10 projected Quad 1 video games and 5 in-state matches on deck earlier than beginning WCC play.
A bit later than common, however the area is lastly set.
BYU males’s basketball launched its nonconference schedule on Tuesday and can formally begin apply on Sept. 28. With roughly 10 projected Quad 1 groups awaiting the Cougars in November and December, BYU might want to bounce proper into preparations.
“I’m tremendous excited concerning the launch of the schedule at present,” BYU coach Mark Pope stated. “It’s actually daunting. The start and the center are tremendous tough, nevertheless it’s what we love to do — we wish to put ourselves in a very good place. I like the place we’re with our projected Quad 1 and Quad 2 [games]. It will likely be probably the most difficult schedule we’ve had right here in our three years, so it needs to be a platform for us to go see what we’re manufactured from and attempt to preserve getting higher on daily basis.”
Add in the truth that BYU has completed the final two seasons as a Prime 25 group and eventually discovered itself again within the NCAA Match — a transfer that was set to occur a yr earlier, however the pandemic pressured the 2020 tourney to be canceled — and the Cougars have lofty expectations shifting ahead.
Then there’s the upcoming transfer to the Massive 12.
To remain related, and proceed to enhance, BYU wished to constructed the absolute best nonconference schedule. That’s the place Nick Robinson is available in.
The assistant coach, who joined Pope’s workers in 2019, leads the cost in organising the Cougars’ schedule. He seems to be into not solely making ready BYU for its West Coast Convention schedule, however to assist the group construct “a pleasant NCAA resume.”
When attempting to piece collectively the schedule, the workers takes a number of websites’ intel into consideration (and rather a lot off of KenPom), in addition to earlier historical past, to finest decipher who would make a high quality opponent.
“There’s various groups on the market that match that profile, us included, of being proper there on the cusp of Prime 25 in relation to the ultimate polls,” Robinson stated. “NCAA skilled groups, in addition to prime quality from an effectivity standpoint. So, we’re attempting to get these groups right here to the Marriott Heart, or on single neutral-site video games, fairly constantly in our scheduling course of.”
One other goal BYU hit arduous on this yr’s schedule is in-state video games. The Cougars are set to play 4 in-state Division I groups and one in-state Division II recreation.
BYU is internet hosting Utah State and Westminster, and can play at Utah, Utah State and Weber State this fall. The power to schedule this many in-state video games will doubtless diminish as soon as the Cougars make their method into the Massive 12, however Pope sees worth in enjoying them — as many whereas they will.
“In-state video games are arduous, however they’re nice — in-state video games are actually particular,” Pope stated. “They’re good for our guys as a result of they’re so powerful, they’re so aggressive. That any of these 5 video games and it’s simply going to be a combat to the bitter finish. It simply is. That’s what’s particular about in-state video games.”
Seneca Knight, who’s at the moment nonetheless engaged on getting his waiver accredited after transferring in from LSU/San Jose State, is happy to get began at BYU. The junior guard stated a few of the video games that come out most to him are San Diego State, Oregon and Utah, however he’s trying ahead to each recreation.
Knight has an appointment on Wednesday to go over his waiver. Ought to he be cleared to play instantly, he’ll be becoming a member of returners Alex Barcello, Caleb Lohner, Gideon George, Gavin Baxter and extra.
BYU additionally introduced in Milwaukee switch Te’Jon Lucas, and has two 2021 signees coming in and 4 2019 signees coming back from church missions (two of that are walk-ons).
“Actually, each single recreation on the listing I’m trying ahead to play,” Knight stated. “I’ve by no means performed for BYU earlier than, and I’m simply excited to go to warfare with the fellows on the group [and] coaches, and having the ability to rep the BYU jersey.”
BYU Males’s Basketball Schedule
Colorado Christian, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Cleveland State, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
San Diego State, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Oregon at Phil Knight Invitational, Nov. 16, TBA
Central Methodist, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
Texas Southern, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.
at Utah, Nov. 27, TBA
at Utah Valley, Dec. 1, TBA
at Missouri State, Dec. 4, TBA
Utah State, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Creighton at Sanford Pentagon, Dec. 11, TBA
at Weber State, Dec. 18, TBA
South Florida at Hawaiian Airways Diamond Basic, Dec. 21, TBA
Vanderbilt or Hawaii at Hawaiian Airways Diamond Basic, Dec. 23, TBA
TBA at Hawaiian Airways Diamond Basic, Dec. 25, TBA
Westminster, Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
at Portland, Jan. 1, TBA
Pacific, Jan. 6, TBA
St. Mary’s, Jan. 8, TBA
at Gonzaga, Jan. 13, TBA
at San Francisco, Jan. 15, TBA
San Diego, Jan. 22, TBA
Portland, Jan. 22, TBA
at Santa Clara, Jan. 27, TBA
at Pacific, Jan. 29, TBA
San Francisco, Feb. 3, TBA
Gonzaga, Feb. 5, TBA
at Loyola Marymount, Feb. 10, TBA
at Pepperdine, Feb. 12, TBA
at Saint Mary’s, Feb. 19, TBA
Loyola Marymount, Feb. 24, TBA
Pepperdine, Feb. 26, TBA
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