Tonight is the first time Cougar fans will have a chance to see the BYU men's basketball team in full court action at the annual Papa John's Cougar Tipoff at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. It will also be broadcast live on BYUtvsports.com.
If you're wondering if an intrasquad scrimmage is worth your time, here's a look back at some past Cougar Tipoffs that have had their fair share of exciting moments.
Last season, Tyler Haws scored 26 points for the Blue Team in his first action since returning from his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. Matt Carlino added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Nate Austin had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Team won 84-70. And don't forget about this dunk by Josh Sharp.
In 2011-12, Noah Hartsock posted a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blue Team to a 74-71 win over the White Team. The Blue Team looked like it was going to coast to an easy win before the White Team went on an 11-0 run to tie the score at 65-all.
The 2010-11 scrimmage was perhaps the most competitive and exciting Tipoff in recent memory as Jimmer Fredette hit a fall-away 3-pointer to tie the score at the end of regulation. He finished with 26 points to lead the White Team to a 62-56 win.
Why is tonight's game worth your time? You'll get to see returning stars Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino. You'll see the versatile Kyle Collinsworth in a fullcourt game for the first time since 2011. You might see Boom Shakalaka 3-point champ Skyler Halford drain some high-arcing threes. You'll see the freshmen connection of Frank Bartley IV, Eric Mika and Luke Worthington for the first time. You might also win prizes from Papa John's or a bike from Mad Dog Cycles. And you will definitely have the chance to get autographs from the team after the game.