Championship matchup with Valparaiso

Kyle Chilton | Posted: 12 Apr 2021 | Updated: 12 Apr 2021
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BYU Game Notes

After a dominant win over Saint Louis in the semifinal round of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event, BYU basketball will play Valparaiso in the championship game in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday at 9 p.m. PST.

The championship game will be televised live on ESPN2 and will be broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143.

This is the second time in six games BYU has faced Valparaiso. The Cougars and Crusaders played in the semifinals of the 2016 National Invitational Tournament with Valparaiso coming out on top 72-70.

BYU Storylines

  • BYU’s big men were dominant against Saint Louis in the semifinals of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event as Eric Mika had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, Kyle Davis had 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and Jamal Aytes had 12 points and 5 rebounds.
  • BYU is 3-0 in the Men Who Speak Up Main Event with home wins over Coppin State and Coastal Carolina and a win over Saint Louis in Las Vegas. The Cougars play Valparaiso on Wednesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 9 p.m. PST in the championship game of the Heavy Weight Bracket.

BYU Cougars (4-0, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 287-99 (12th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Valparaiso (4-1, 0-0 Horizon)

  • Head Coach: Matt Lottich
  • Alma Mater: Stanford, 2004
  • Career Record: 4-1 (1st)
  • Record at Valparaiso: Same

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN2
  • TV Talent: Eric Rothman (play-by-play), Stephen Howard (analyst)
  • Live Video: WatchESPN.com
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, 102.7 FM/1160 AM, BYU Radio, Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Stats: BYUcougars.com

Series Information

  • Series Record: Valparaiso leads 2-1
  • Last Meeting: Valparaiso won 72-70, 3/29/16
  • H/A/N: 0-0/1-1/0-1
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