BYU to Take on Portland on the Road on Stadium & KJZZ-TV
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball will face Portland (6-10, 0-7) Thursday on the road. The Cougars are coming off of grinding out a double-overtime win over Pacific last Saturday. They expected to face San Diego on Tuesday, but that game was cancelled hours before tipoff due to COVID issues on the USD side.
The BYU-San Diego game will be produced and air on Stadium at 4 p.m. PST. The Stadium broadcast can also be viewed via KJZZ-TV. The game will be broadcast live on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2 and KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU Notes (14-4, 5-2 West Coast Conference)
- The Cougars are 14-4, most recently defeating Pacific 95-87 in double overtime.
- BYU is No. 2 in the WCC standings.
- BYU has wins over Pacific, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Weber State, Texas Southern, No. 18 San Diego State, Utah, Utah State, St. John’s, Utah Valley, New Orleans and Westminster. The four losses were to USC, Boise State, No. 1 Gonzaga and Pepperdine.
- BYU is led by senior guard Alex Barcello who is averaging 15.4 points, 4.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Barcello has been among the top three-point shooters in the nation this season, but has cooled off a bit recently. He was a driving force behind BYU's last win, flirting with a possible triple double with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
- Matt Haarms and Brandon Averette, BYU's other two senior leaders along with Barcello, are the next behind Barcello in scoring with 11.3 and 11.1 points per game respectively.
- BYU's bench production has been big this season, outscoring opponents in 16 of 18 games played.
- Despite coming close in its last game, BYU has never lost back-to-back games in the Mark Pope era and has the third-longest active streak of games played without consecutive losses at 52. The two teams above them are Houston (118) and Gonzaga (75).
Head Coach – Mark Pope
- Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
- Division I Career Record: 115-68 (6th season)
- Record at BYU: 38-12 (2nd season)
Portland Notes (2-7, 1-4 West Coast Conference)
- Portland is 6-10, after a 75-50 loss at home to Loyola Marymount on Jan. 25.
- Portland is No. 10 in the WCC standings.
- The Pilots have had their last two games postponed against Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara.
- Portland has wins this season over William Jessup, Northwest University, Portland State, Oregon State, College of Idaho and Montana State. Its losses have come to Seattle University (twice), Oregon, San Francisco (twice), No. 1 Gonzaga, Pepperdine, BYU, San Diego and Loyola Marymount.
- It’s been a season of runs for the Pilots, starting the season 6-2, including a big overtime win in Corvallis to knock off Oregon State. The Pilots however are currently on an eight-game losing streak.
- The Pilots are led by Ahmed Ali, who is third in WCC scoring behind Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Drew Timme. Ali is averaging 18.4 points per game.
- Eddie Davis (11.4 points per game) and Latrell Jones (10.8) are next in scoring for Portland.
Head Coach – Terry Porter
- Alma Mater: Wisconsin Stevens-Point, 1984
- Division I Career Record: 43-102 (5th Season)
- Record at San Francisco: 43-102 (5th Season)
- All-Time Series: BYU leads 23-2
- Last Meeting: BYU won 95-67 at home two weeks ago, behind a season-high 23 points from Matt Haarms.
- TV: Stadium / KJZZ-TV
- TV Talent: Ann Schatz (play-by-play), Francis Williams (analyst)
- Radio: BYU Sports Network, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM
- Streamed Audio: BYURadio.org, BYUCougars.com/LiveRadio and the BYU Radio, BYUCougars and BYU Gameday apps
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play)
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com