BYU Basketball Faces Utah State At Zions Bank Beehive Classic

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Saturday, BYU (8-4) meets Utah State (10-1) in what is the Aggies’ oldest rivalry Saturday at the Zions Bank Beehive Classic at Vivint Smart Home Arena .Under head coach Mark Pope (8-4, .667 at BYU; 85-60, .586 as a collegiate head coach), BYU has received a tremendous shot in the arm with the return of star senior forward Yoeli Childs (18.7 points, 11.3 rebounds per game).Presently, BYU scores 77.5 points per game, tying them for 76th nationally in scoring offense with Northern Arizona.Senior guard Jake Toolson (15.3 points, 5.1 rebounds per game, a team-best 4 blocked shots), senior guard TJ Haws (12.4 points per game, a team-best 52 assists) and junior guard Alex Barcello (10.8 points per game, a team-best 12 steals) assist Childs in carrying the scoring load by each averaging in double figures for the Cougars on the season.The Cougars surrender 67.3 points per game, tying them for 154th nationally in scoring defense with Wofford.Under Craig Smith (38-8, .826 at Utah State; 117-63, .650 as a collegiate head coach), the Aggies are blessed with balanced scoring  as five Utah State players score in double figures on average.Spearheaded by senior guard Sam Merrill (17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds per game), the Aggies score 81.2 points per game, ranking them 28th nationally in scoring offense.Other double-figure scorers for the Aggies include sophomore forward Justin Bean (14.7 points, a team-best 12 rebounds per game, a team-best 15 blocked shots), junior forward Alphonso Anderson (12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds per game), Portuguese national, senior guard Diogo Brito (11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds per game, a team-best 24 steals) and sophomore guard Brock Miller (10.5 points per game).Jack-of-all-trades junior guard Abel Porter has a team-best 42 assists to complement the Aggies.The Aggies surrender 60.3 points per game, ranking them 29th nationally. Utah State also excels on the glass as they are 2nd nationally (+12) in rebounding margin per game, out-rebounding opponents per game 44.3-31.6.Utah State leads the nation in rebounds (488) and their 44.36 rebounds per game are fourth nationally.The Cougars lead the Aggies all-time 143-92 and Utah State seeks to break a 7-game losing streak to BYU Saturday. Written by December 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Basketball Faces Utah State At Zions Bank Beehive Classic Tags: BYU Basketball/USU Basketball Brad Jameslast_img read more

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