BYU Men’s Basketball Hosts Nevada Tuesday

first_img Written by Tags: BYU Basketball/Nevada basketball December 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Hosts Nevada Tuesday Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Tuesday, BYU (7-4) hosts Nevada (7-3, 1-0 in Mountain West play) as they complete their series against both Division I programs from the Silver State at the Marriott Center.The Cougars routed UNLV 83-50 at Vivint Smart Home Arena last Saturday afternoon in a neutral site game.New head coach Mark Pope (7-4, .636 at BYU; 84-60, .583 as a collegiate head coach) continues to set a winning tone with the program.The Cougars currently average 77.7 points per game, ranking them 79th nationally in scoring offense.Senior forward Yoeli Childs (21 points, 10.5 rebounds per game) has been a shot in the arm for the Cougars in returning from an NCAA-mandated 9-game suspension last week.Senior guard Jake Toolson (15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds per game, a team-best 4 blocked shots) and fellow senior back-court mate TJ Haws (12.6 points per game, a team-best 47 assists) also bolster Childs in the Cougars’ on-court performance.Junior guard Alex Barcello (10.6 points per game, a team-best 12 steals) also scores in double figures on average for the Cougars.BYU surrenders 69.6 points per contest, ranking the Cougars 192nd nationally in scoring defense.Nevada is coached by Steve Alford who is 7-3 (.700) in his first season at Reno, Nev. Alford is 516-272 (.655) as a college basketball coach having previously coached at Missouri State (1995-1999), Iowa (1999-2007), New Mexico (2007-2013) and UCLA (2013-2019).The Wolf Pack scores 79.6 points per game, ranking Nevada 51st nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Jazz Johnson (18.3 points, 3.6 rebounds per game), junior guard Jalen Harris (17.8 points, a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game), senior guard Lindsey Drew (13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds per game, team bests in assists (44) and steals (13) and senior guard Nisre Zouzoua (10.7 points per game) all score in double figure on average for the Wolf Pack. Drew is also tied for the team lead in blocked shots (7) with senior forward Johncarlos Reyes.Nevada surrenders 71.9 points per game, ranking the Wolf Pack 250th nationally in scoring defense.The Cougars lead the all-time series against the Wolf Pack 13-7.last_img read more