BYU and Gonzaga square off in Provo on Thursday night in one of the biggest match-ups the Marriott Center has ever seen.
For the Cougars, it is a chance to make history — to become the first BYU men’s basketball team to beat the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. To do so, they have to overcome some big obstacles.
No. 1 ranked Gonzaga is a supremely talented team which comes to town riding a 22-game winning streak with a 23.8 points average margin of victory.
Here is a look at how the two teams measure up in BYU’s toughest home test to date.
The starting backcourt
The Cougars use a three-guard line-up, led by sophomore Nick Emery. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.9 points on 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Joining him is former Lone Peak High School teammate TJ Haws who is in his first season with the Cougars. Haws has put up some big numbers for the up-and-down Cougars with averages of 13.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
The third member of the backcourt is senior transfer L.J. Rose who is leading the team with 4.8 assists a night while adding 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.
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