Jan 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Loyola Marymount Lions forward Nick Stover (11) makes a three pointer over Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Drew Barham (43) in the second half at Gersten Pavilion. Gonzaga defeated Loyola Marymount 82-72. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

WCC Quarterfinal Preview: #2 BYU vs. #10 LMU


BYU Cougars (21-10, 13-5) vs. #10 Loyola Marymount Lions (13-18, 4-14)

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014

Location: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.

Time: 2:30 PM PST

TV: BYUtv

Video: http://www.byutv.org/

Live stats: http://www.wccsports.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbaskbl.html?event=1286260&school=west&sport=mbaskbl&camefrom=&startschool=&

This Season: LMU won 87-76 at Gersten Pavilion.  BYU won 91-68 at the Marriott Center.

PROJECTED STARTERS

BYU

Kyle Collinsworth, 13.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.9 APG

Anson Winder, 6.1 PPG

Tyler Haws, 23.4 PPG

Luke Worthington, 1.1 PPG

Nate Austin, 4.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG

Loyola Marymount

Anthony Ireland, 18.5 PPG 5.4 APG

Evan Payne, 15.5 PPG

Nick Stover, 4.5 PPG

Alex Osborne, 6.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG

Gabe Levin, 10.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG

 

Keys to the Game

BYU

Control Ireland and Payne: These two, especially Payne, had their way when LMU pulled of a WCC conference opening defeat of BYU.  Payne had 27 points and Ireland had 9 assists.  So it is clear that BYU will want to keep the ball out of Ireland’s hands as much as possible and to make Evan Payne work to get open shots.

LMU

Slow the game down when possible: The higher scoring the game is, the more likely it is that BYU will win.  At the moment, BYU currently has an 11 man rotation, while LMU has only a 7 man rotation.  The Lions cannot afford to try to go up and down with this high powered Cougar offense.

 

Key Matchup

Tyler Haws vs. Nick Stover:  Will Stover’s size allow him to bother Tyler Haws?  If Haws goes off, BYU should have no problem on offense.  If Stover can frustrate Haws into poor shot attempts, LMU will have a chance to play their low-scoring game.

 

Prediction

BYU basically knows that if they lose before the championship game, they will more than likely not be dancing.  To that end, they will be more motivated to win the game, although LMU is familiar with playing spoiler during the WCC Tournament.  An interesting matchup, but the Cougars will get this one.  BYU 82, LMU 66.

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