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BYU Women vs. Saint Mary's recap: Eaton pulls out an ace in Vegas with game-winner

In the Cougars first game in the West Coast Conference Tournament, BYU came from behind to pull off the win, 65-64. In the game of the night in Las Vegas, the 4th seeded Saint Mary's Gaels took on the 5th seeded BYU Cougars. Saint Mary's appeared to have the upper hand coming into the game as they had beat the Cougars both times in the regular season. The game was billed as the most intriguing match-up of the women's first round, and the teams didn't disappoint. Not only did the game combine two teams that were very evenly matched, it also had the WCC Player of the year in Morgan Bailey and...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 5, 2015

2015 West Coast Conference Tournament: Team-by-team primer

A team-by-team look at the tournament field. The field is set, the court is being laid in The Orleans Arena, and conference tournament time is upon us. Here is a team-by-team rundown of the tournament field with notes, stats, and more. Simply put, this season has been a huge struggle for the Lions in former NBA head coach Mike Dunlap's first season in Los Angeles. The Lions are the ignominious 10-seed in a 10-team league for the second straight year and were the 9-seed in a 9-team league the year previous. LMU has only two wins of any note: Beating DePaul before DePaul started Big East...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 4, 2015

2015 West Coast Conference Tournament: Previews, recaps, odds, bracket, schedule, and TV

Everything you need for the 2015 WCC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are the bracket, schedule, and TV assignments for the 2015 West Coast Conference tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dates, times, and TV in the bracket above in the schedule below are according to the WCC's website. Interestingly, BYU claiming the two seed does two things for them. First, its first game comes against a team playing a back-to-back instead of its first game. Second, BYU has all games land on ESPN or ESPN2. Friday, March 6San Francisco vs. Pacific - 7:00 pm MT, BYUtvSanta Clara...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 4, 2015

BYU Tournament Résumé: Cougars rocket up projections, will it be enough?

As we approach conference tournament time, here's a look at BYU's tournament profile. Going 2-0 on a road trip is never a bad thing in college basketball. It becomes a really good thing when one of the teams you beat is 17-0 in conference play, on track for a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, and hasn't lost at home in 41 games and for 4 years and 1 month to a conference opponent. It was a good week for BYU basketball. How well has it impacted the Cougars' tournament chances? Again, there are a lot of moving parts to getting an at-large bid. Obviously BYU's performance in Las Vegas will...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 3, 2015

How BYU basketball learned from past mistakes and closed out Gonzaga

"Coffee Caffeine-free Coke is for closers." On November 25, 2014, the BYU Cougars dropped a heart-breaking basketball game to longtime rival San Diego State in double overtime at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Despite dominating the first overtime period and seemingly having the game in the bag (they held a five-point lead with less than a minute remaining), a perfect storm of boneheaded plays, bad bounces and missed calls resulted in the Cougars losing their lead — and ultimately, after an uninspiring second overtime period, the game. The loss was a punch straight to the proverbial gut...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 2, 2015

BYU Spring Football 2015: Taysom Hill taking first-team reps, video, notes

Spring practice began today and the news was good. Today was day one of spring football at BYU. That means checking out the roster, seeing number changes, noticing a guy or two missing, learning about possible position changes and wait what's this: BYU's first spring practice, held at the IPF, is in the books. Taysom Hill did a lot more throwing, etc., than expected. — Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 2, 2015 Oh? Coach Peck says Taysom Hill will do every drill this spring except for team drills, which is basically scrimmage — Brandon Gurney (@BrandonCGurney) March 2, 2015 Well BYU...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 2, 2015

BYU Women's basketball weekly recap: Cougars play a pair of close games.

Playing in front of their home fans for the last time this season led to a couple of close and exciting games. Three Cougar seniors stood in front of their home crowd for the last time Saturday as they finished off the regular season against Gonzaga. The players played with an extra portion of energy and intensity as they looked to enter the West Coast Conference Tournament on a high note. The two games lived up to the hype as they both were undecided until the final couple of minutes. Winning the first and losing the second solidified the Cougars as a 5th seed in the tournament this week...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 1, 2015

2015 West Coast Conference Tournament: Bracket, schedule, and TV

Here's how it will go down in Las Vegas this week. Here are the bracket, schedule, and TV assignments for the 2015 West Coast Conference tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (At this moment, there seems to be slight confusion about the 6-10 seeds and the WCC has not yet released an official bracket, but I'm taking Greg Wrubell's word on it.) Dates, times, and TV in the bracket above in the schedule below are according to the WCC's website. Interestingly, BYU claiming the two seed does two things for them. First, it's first game comes against a team playing a...
Vanquish The Foe Mar 1, 2015

BYU vs Gonzaga recap: Cougars upset #3 Bulldogs, 73-70

BYU collected its signature win as the Cougars kenneled the Bulldogs in Spokane. For the BYU Cougars, tonight's game in Spokane carried a weight that even contestants of the Biggest Loser wouldn't trade for. It represented an opportunity to play the #3 team in the nation and the class of the conference. Winning at Gonzaga is something that is very difficult to do. No West Coast Conference team had done it in over 4 years. On top of all of that, the group think about the mind and will of the NCAA selection committee required the Cougars to win in the Kennel. Where the past 41 opponents...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 27, 2015

BYU Cougars Senior Profile: Morgan Bailey

Picking up the basketball late hasn't stopped senior Morgan Bailey from excelling on the hardwood with the BYU Cougars. Morgan Bailey came to BYU with basketball in the blood -- her uncle is Thurl Bailey -- but lacking at least some experience on the court. Bailey didn't join her first basketball team until she tried out, and made, her ninth grade basketball team. Bailey, a graduate from Timpanogos High School in Orem, learned the game quickly as she excelled in basketball early on and walked away with a number of awards -- and a scholarship from BYU. Along with being a region MVP, a...

Behind the scenes on SB Nation's BYU independence article

Steven Godfrey and I wrote a story about BYU's place in the greater college football landscape. Here are some bits that I didn't use. In case you missed it, we published something on SB Nation.com today about BYU's football program, conference realignment, future football scheduling and more. We've been working on this for a while (and aren't done reporting on this subject), but I had a few things in the proverbial notebook that I wanted to share with you guys, that for one reason or another, we didn't add to the article. The following thoughts are my personal observations and opinions. ...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 27, 2015

What you need to know: BYU vs Gonzaga Round 2

In what may be the Cougars biggest game of the year, BYU will visit Gonzaga for the final regular season game. The History Saturday night will mark the 12th meeting between the BYU Cougars and the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga has the distinct advantage as they are ranked 3rd in the country and already lead the series with eight wins to only three losses. The teams split the series in the regular season last year with each team winning on their home court. The Bulldogs once again pulled off the win in post season play as they beat the Cougars in the WCC conference tournament championship game....
Vanquish The Foe Feb 27, 2015

BYU vs Portland recap: Cougars ground the Pilots in comeback win.

After Haws made history in the first half, the Cougars came back in the second half for a double digit win, 82-69. The BYU Cougars traveled to take on the Portland Pilots in the first game of a must win road trip. The Cougars are sitting on the edge of the bubble right now and a loss to Portland would end any hopes of a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Not only were the Cougars fighting for their post-season lives, they faced a game where Tyler Haws would be looking for the All-Time Cougars scoring crown and Kyle Collinsworth would be looking to get the NCAA career record for...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 26, 2015

Tyler Haws surpasses Jimmer, becomes BYU basketball's all-time leading scorer

The scoring machine made his place in BYU history official by setting anew the scoring record. Mid-range wizard. Jumpshot automaton. And now, BYU's all-time leading scorer. With a right handed lay-up at the 14:35 mark in the first half in Portland, Tyler Haws completed his ascent to the top of BYU basketball's record books and can call himself the all-time top scorer in school history. .embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 100%; height: 0; overflow: hidden;} .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0;...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 26, 2015

BYU Cougars Senior Profile: Ashley Garfield

Senior guard Ashley Garfield has played her last game with the Cougars but has still been a vital part of the Cougars success this year, and will be missed. With a larger role in store for Ashley Garfield, the multi-talented guard for BYU looked to have a season full of promise and excitement. The star out of Morgan, Utah played well in the first 15 games before a devastating knee injury ended her season in a road game against Loyola Marymount.  Ashley had been the Cougars' utility player, doing a little bit of everything in order to help her team succeed, and it would take a committee of...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 25, 2015

BYU Tournament Résumé: Cougars on the edge

With one week left in the regular season, here's a look at how BYU's NCAA Tournament profile stacks up. Somehow, someway, BYU finds a way to play the same season every year. The pattern throughout the season goes like this: the Cougars are solidly on the right side of the bubble, then on the bubble but in okay shape, then a rough loss puts BYU in the first four out, then the Cougars have no chance in outer darkness of getting in ... then hope is not lost! after stringing together several wins, and then we cross our fingers on Selection Sunday. Right now, we're standing at the "hope is not...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 25, 2015

BYU Cougars Senior Profile: Xojiän Harry

As the Cougars season winds down, and the final game for the seniors is played in the Marriott Center, we take a look at Xojiän Harry. In 2011, the BYU Cougars welcomed a new class of freshmen that all hailed from the state of Utah and would make a distinct mark on the basketball program. Many fans were excited for the additions, but could have never seen the impact that would be felt over the next four years. This year marks the senior and final year in Cougar blue for a couple of these players and Cougar Nation will have witnessed players that leave the program better than when they...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 25, 2015

What you need to know: BYU vs Portland Round 2

The Cougars are looking to finish the season strong and the Pilots are standing in their way. The History The Thursday match-up between the BYU Cougars and the Portland Pilots will be the 13th between the two schools.  The first meeting took place in 1957. The Cougars lost for the first time to the Pilots last year and now hold a 11-1 record over Portland. The Cougars took the first game at home and now look to finish the season strong with a win in Portland. Provo, UT 2014 (89-72) The Cougars bounced back after their first loss to the Pilots as Matt Carlino hit eight three-pointers as he...
Vanquish The Foe Feb 24, 2015

Twitter Recap: Tom Holmoe holds serve on football schedules, conference affiliation and more

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe spoke to the media Tuesday to address general topics of interest. A gamut of topics were discussed Tuesday when BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe met with some members of the media, chief among them being the long-term outlook of independence and scheduling Utah in football. Here is a rundown of what was covered. Independence and conference affiliation The key takeaway from Holmoe's remarks on this topic was that because of the massive amounts of money involved and the disparity in that money when you aren't in a power-5 conference, BYU does not view...

Yes, of course BYU needs the Holy War to continue

Amid talk of BYU and Utah working to add more games to the schedule, some fans are saying that maybe BYU doesn't need these series. This is stupid. A few days ago, news trickled out that Utah and BYU have exchanged a few emails about scheduling additional games in their storied rivalry. After taking two years off, the Beehive State heavyweights are scheduled to meet each year from 2016-2018, and are at least discussing adding dates in 2019 and 2020. Per the record request, Utah threw out some potential dates that BYU had already filled with Power Five opponents, like USC and Michigan...

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