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Vanquish The Foe Jan 21, 2017
Mika, Haws lead BYU Basketball past Pacific in sluggish victory

Mika, Haws lead BYU Basketball past Pacific in sluggish victory

The tape of this game won’t be sent to the Naismith Hall of Fame, but BYU took advantage of a cold shooting night from Pacific to earn a crucial road victory in conference play. Eric Mika recorded his 7th consecutive double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the BYU Cougars earned a hard-fought victory over the Pacific Tigers by a score of 62-47 in Stockton, CA. T.J. Haws added 16 points on 6/11 shooting to go with 5 assists, while Yoeli Childs grabbed 14 rebounds for the second game in a row. Elijah Bryant provided valuable contributions off the bench once again, finishing with...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 21, 2017
Eric Mika’s play has been disgustingly good for BYU basketball

Eric Mika’s play has been disgustingly good for BYU basketball

Mika is having the best season by a BYU center since Kresimir Cosic. BYU basketball has played 20 games this season — about two-thirds of the way through the season. Unfortunately, the Cougars inability to win any big non-conference clash, beat Saint Mary’s, or avoid bad losses has ripped off the “making the big dance” bandaid. This feels eerily familiar to where the Cougars stood last season after 20 games. The 2015-16 Cougars were also 14-6 after 20 contests. They had lost on the road at St. Mary’s. Had bad losses to Long Beach State (Utah Valley) and Portland (San Diego). Lost...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 20, 2017
Why BYU football fans should watch the Polynesian Bowl

Why BYU football fans should watch the Polynesian Bowl

Many potential future Cougars will be on display in the inaugural Polynesian bowl Many of the top high school football recruits of Polynesian heritage and others from Hawaii and across the country will gather tomorrow at Aloha Stadium to compete in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl. Among those elite athletes will be two players already committed to play for BYU and a number of uncommitted players who are considering BYU. The event featured a draft to determine the rosters for Team Mariota and Team Stanley with team captains, Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans) and Ronnie Stanley (Baltimore...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 19, 2017
BYU Basketball: Cougars roll over Pepperdine

BYU Basketball: Cougars roll over Pepperdine

Strong inside game helps BYU to a conference win BYU had a bounceback game Thursday night as the Cougars blew out Pepperdine, 99-70. The Waves came into Provo hoping to make some noise and put a scare into the BYU basketball team. For the first fifteen minutes of the game, they accomplished that. With five and a half minutes left in the first half, BYU only lead by six. Then the Cougars went on a huge run to end the half up by fourteen and BYU had clearly taking control of the game. BYU was powered by strong games from their post players. Eric Mika lead the Cougars with 22 points and...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 17, 2017
Cougs on Cougs: A mid-season review of BYU Basketball and a one-year anniversary giveaway

Cougs on Cougs: A mid-season review of BYU Basketball and a one-year anniversary giveaway

Jess and Mary celebrate one year of Cougs on Cougs with a Steve Pierce interview, Talk of the Town, and a giveaway you don’t want to miss! Episode 52 of Cougs on Cougs is here—and it means we’re celebrating our one-year anniversary! We so appreciate you for watching and supporting our endeavor. We strive to be a unique voice in BYU sports, and we hope you’ve been entertained this past year! We wanted to invite back our very first guest, and one of the first Cougs on Cougs supporters (he even came up with our name), Steve Pierce! He joined us for a mid-season Coaching from the...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 15, 2017
Jimmer Fredette’s not quitting basketball, despite Sunday morning Twitter debacle

Jimmer Fredette’s not quitting basketball, despite Sunday morning Twitter debacle

Jimmer’s career for the Shanghai Sharks is going swimmingly, and not coming to a close. And we’re pretty sure he’s not gay, either. “I will quit Basketball, because of my bf, and yes i’m gay.” That’s what was tweeted from former BYU and current Chinese Basketball Association star Jimmer Fredette’s Twitter account Sunday morning. It was pretty immediately clear that Jimmer’s account had been hacked. The first tweet in the series of four sent out said, “I’m sorry fans, i have a bad news :(“ We don’t have to point out the glaring grammatical error...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 15, 2017
BYU Basketball Recap: USD outlasts Cougars, 88-75

BYU Basketball Recap: USD outlasts Cougars, 88-75

Cougars allow 55 second half points in loss BYU basketball was right in the soft part of the WCC schedule, between the game at St. Mary’s on January 5th, and the home game against Gonzaga on February 2nd. On paper, a strong and talented BYU team should mow through these teams and hopefully go .500 against St. Zaga. However, BYU falls to USD in what has become a pattern since joining the WCC, having the wheels fall off on saturday road games in conference. The game started close with both teams trading baskets through most of the first half. Mika contributed only 2 points and Nick Emery...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 12, 2017
Eric Mika’s career high propels BYU Basketball past San Francisco

Eric Mika’s career high propels BYU Basketball past San Francisco

Despite a slow start, Eric Mika turned in a great performance to help overcome shooting struggles from T.J. Haws and second half foul trouble from Nick Emery. Eric Mika played one of his best games of the season with a career high 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the BYU Cougars to an 85-75 victory over the San Francisco Dons Thursday night at the Marriott Center. Nick Emery continued his career trend of great games against USF, scoring 22 points on 7/10 shooting, 4/6 from beyond the arc. Elijah Bryant scored in double figures for the third time in as many games since returning from...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 12, 2017
BYU football announces 10 mid-year enrollees

BYU football announces 10 mid-year enrollees

BYU announces transfers, returned missionaries, and other new additions BYU has announced 10 mid-year enrollees to the football team. The 10 players can be seen here: #BYU just announced the mid-year signees and returned missionaries. pic.twitter.com/w2TH9xjEjw— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) January 12, 2017 Wayne Kirby (Oregon) and Austin Lee (Utah) are two transfers from other FBS programs. Wayne Kirby informed Vanquish The Foe that he is seeking to a NCAA waiver to become immediately eligible, and expects to find out this summer the status of that waiver. Lee played at Utah during...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 12, 2017
BYU women’s soccer: Ashley Hatch selected by the North Carolina Courage with the second pick of the NWSL Draft

BYU women’s soccer: Ashley Hatch selected by the North Carolina Courage with the second pick of the NWSL Draft

Former BYU women’s soccer star, Ashley Hatch, is now a member of the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) North Carolina Courage. The Courage selected the former Cougar forward with the second pick in today’s 2017 NWSL College Draft. With the second overall pick in the 2017 #nwsldraft, the @TheNCCourage select forward @ash_hatch33 from @byusoccer_w. pic.twitter.com/M3DUiTbUcy— NWSL (@NWSL) January 12, 2017 It should come as no surprise to anyone that Hatch was taken early on in the NWSL Draft considering her success at BYU and her recent brief stint with the USWNT. The...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 12, 2017
CougarCast: BYU basketball looks to Elijah Bryant

CougarCast: BYU basketball looks to Elijah Bryant

How much better can BYU play with the addition of Elijah Bryant? Elijah Bryant was reinserted into the BYU basketball team during last week’s game against St. Mary’s. He looked good in his first two outings from injury. That’s good news. How much better can BYU play with the addition of Bryant? Welcome to this week’s episode of CougarCast. Plus, a look at the games against San Francisco and San Diego. Download this episode (right click and save) Keith has been looking for the Cougars to make changes in their use of personnel and in their style of play (twice!) with the idea that...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 12, 2017
BYU Football: Previewing the 2017 schedule

BYU Football: Previewing the 2017 schedule

BYU’s front-loaded schedule offers many intriguing and marquee games. BYU entered the 2016 season with what some considered to be one of the toughest schedules in school history. While BYU did face six P5 teams and a handful of high-caliber G5 teams, the schedule ended up easier than many predicted. Teams such as Arizona (3-9), Michigan State (3-9), and UCLA (4-8) all had uncharacteristically down years. BYU’s three P5 wins (Arizona, Michigan State and Mississippi State) came against teams with losing records, while two of the three P5 losses came against teams with winning records...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 10, 2017
Cougs on Cougs: Bad Hair Power Rankings for BYU Basketball

Cougs on Cougs: Bad Hair Power Rankings for BYU Basketball

Jess and Mary discuss what went wrong and what went right for BYU Basketball against Saint Mary’s, then venture into less meaningful territory: hair. After an 81-68 loss to top 25-ranked Saint Mary’s and an impressive 91-62 win over Pacific for BYU Basketball, Cougars on Cougars is back with episode 51 and plenty to talk about. Jess and Mary start out with some Tweets from last night before jumping into Coaching from the Couch to determine what went right and what went wrong against the Gaels. Jess has the same ‘what went wrong’ for the second week in a row... Is hero ball...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 10, 2017
BYU Basketball is showing that pace is everything for them

BYU Basketball is showing that pace is everything for them

One of the things BYU basketball has done extremely well under Dave Rose is play fast. BYU has been in the top 25 in possessions per game since the 2010-2011 season, and is currently 7th in the nation. The idea behind this offensive strategy is fairly simple. It involves a lot of running. The conditioning required to run with BYU combined with the altitude of Provo in comparison with other West Coast Conference schools tips the scales in BYU’s favor every home game – more than just what the noisy confines of the Marriott Center could provide. After checking out of the game on January...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 9, 2017
VIDEO: BYU Football Coach Kalani Sitake Defends LDS Missionaries on National Television

VIDEO: BYU Football Coach Kalani Sitake Defends LDS Missionaries on National Television

During the ESPN Coaches Film Room Broadcast, Syracuse coach Dino Babers noted that it’s easier to protect the quarterback when a team’s linemen are “a little bit older” than the players they go up against. Kalani Sitake shut that down pretty quick. Kalani: "They didn't go on a mission to Golds Gym" pic.twitter.com/oqvVlkcU3N— J Luke (@LukeTheSaint) January 10, 2017
Vanquish The Foe Jan 9, 2017
BYU Football’s Kalani Sitake is one of five to participate in ESPN Coaches Film Room for the national title game.

BYU Football’s Kalani Sitake is one of five to participate in ESPN Coaches Film Room for the national title game.

BYU fans can spend Monday evening with their coach If you’re reading this, you probably have plans to watch tonight’s Alabama and Clemson game for the national title. Just when you thought your evening couldn’t get any better, it has. Kalani Sitake will be on ESPNEWS with four other college football coaches watching the contest live and breaking down the plays. The worldwide leader is deeming this the Coaches Film Room and it will be exactly what it sounds like: several coaches breaking down film. What separates this from the dozens of hours of film that coaches watch weekly is the...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 9, 2017
BYU Football Offensive Lineman Thomas Shoaf named to the FWAA Freshman All-American team

BYU Football Offensive Lineman Thomas Shoaf named to the FWAA Freshman All-American team

BYU Offensive Tackle Thomas Shoaf receives All-American honors BYU offensive tackle Thomas Shoaf has been named to the Football Writer’s Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Team. CBS Sport’s Dennis Dodd tweeted a picture of the list Monday morning: Three FWAA freshman All-Americans participated in the CFP. pic.twitter.com/wesKq7M6Uz— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 9, 2017 Shoaf played in 11 of BYU’s 13 games this year and started in 9 of them. He beat out Austin Hoyt for the starting right tackle position after Junior Ului Lapuaho went down versus Utah...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 8, 2017
VIDEO: Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette talks with Chinese news station about Basketball, Mormon Faith, and more

VIDEO: Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette talks with Chinese news station about Basketball, Mormon Faith, and more

Former BYU Basketball player Jimmer Fredette interviews with Chinese news station “Jimmermania” took the college basketball world by storm during BYU’s 2010-2011 season, and now it has made its way overseas to China. After averaging nearly 40 points a game and beating Yao Ming’s Chinese basketball records, a Chinese news station sat down with the Shanghai Sharks star. Here is that interview in its entirety: Jimmer Fredette, five-year NBA veteran, reignites career with CBA team Shanghai Sharks in China @jimmerfredette pic.twitter.com/TdBczOk9oO— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 8,...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 7, 2017
Cougars alley oop Pacific, 91-62

Cougars alley oop Pacific, 91-62

BYU had 5 players reach double figures as Elijah Bryant shines and Mika, Haws dazzle in victory. BYU was able to bounce back and avoid a down game hangover following a tough road loss to Saint Mary’s against the University of Pacific. The Cougars won by a score of 91-62. The first half saw the Cougars jump out to a 11-3 lead after the first four minutes. All 11 points were scored by the “Lone Peak 3.” The Cougars were able to extend their led by defending the 3 and making the outside shot. BYU kept Pacific from scoring from distance forcing the Tigers to shoot 0-for-8. On offense,...
Vanquish The Foe Jan 6, 2017
BYU Basketball: St. Mary’s defeats BYU

BYU Basketball: St. Mary’s defeats BYU

Poor defense and rebounding doom Cougars BYU had won their first two conference games before heading to California to face St. Mary’s, and now will do some soul searching after suffering an 81-68 loss at the hands of the Gaels. Randy Bennett’s squad is known for a deliberate pace, efficient offense, and good defense, and although the game was relatively high scoring by St. Mary’s standards, the Gaels quite simply imposed their will on BYU for almost the entire game. Eric Mika was the main bright spot for BYU, contributing 28 points and 10 rebounds and even showing his improving...

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