NYCBuckets released their latest NIT bracketology for and the site has the BYU Cougars facing a very familiar foe in the first round.
They have the Cougars as a No. 6 seed matching up with the No. 3 seed Utah Utes.
The Cougars are 21-8 on the season and in third place in the West Coast Conference at 10-6. As for the Utes, they are sitting at 17-9 through 26 games and in fourth place in the Pac-12 half a game ahead of Stanford and Washington at 9-6.
After taking a year off, the rivalry between the Utes and Cougars was renewed earlier this season when BYU got 29 points from Elijah Bryant to knock off the Utes 77-65 at the Marriott Center.
Obviously, plenty of things will change in the upcoming weeks, but having a second rivalry game this season would be a welcome sight. Even if it is in the NIT.
Chatman has bounce back performance against North Carolina State
Jordan Chatman snapped out of his shooting slump on Tuesday night as the Eagles fell to the North Carolina State Wolfpack 82-66 on the road. Chatman finished second on the team with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. He added four rebounds, a steal and an assist while playing all 40 minutes.
It was the first time in his last seven games that Chatman shot at least 50 percent from the floor.
On the season, he is averaging 12.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting from 3-point range while adding 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 36.2 minutes.
The latest on Tyler Haws and L.J. Rose
Tyler Haws didn’t play on Wednesday night as the St. John’s Edge dropped a 114-111 decision on the road to the KW Titans, but BYU’s all-time leading scorer was still able to make an impression.
Haws even took the time to quote the Tweet with a response.
Through 16 games, Haws is averaging 5.6 points on 40.2 percent shooting with 1.1 rebounds in 16.4 minutes.
L.J. Rose was on the floor on Wednesday night as the Salt Lake City Stars got beat by the Reno Bighorns 133-114. The former BYU lead guard went scoreless on 0-for-1 shooting, but did manage two assists and a steal in 12:33.
In 11 games, Rose is averaging 1.4 points and 1.3 assists in 8.1 minutes.