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It’s Crunch Time

It feels like a season of severe weather patterns for the BYU basketball team. Some games have been like a warm sunny day on the beach in Hawaii, and others have felt like an earthquake in Pompeii.  Fans have seen Cougar Basketball take down teams like Stanford, St. Mary’s, and Texas. Wins that gave faithful BYU fans a glimpse of what this team could achieve when led by superstar Tyler Haws. However, losses to Pepperdine, Loyola Maymount, and Portland seem to have painted a very contrasting picture of what this team was actually capable of. 

So which team are we going to seek from here on out?

That’s anybody’s guess.

Being a BYU fan is not an easy job. Yes, it is a job. If you’re going to invest time, money, and your emotional well-being into something, it’s considered a job. And this job is coming into crunch time now (late February and March). There are only five conference games left for the basketball team this season, and crunch time is looking pretty good. 

The Cougars seem to be playing some of their best basketball right now. When I say best basketball, that doesn’t mean prettiest; but it most certainly can. Since the loss to Gonzaga on January 30, the Cougars have had their backs against the wall. Most college basketball analysts had this team heading to the NIT for a second consecutive season. 

After the Gonzaga loss, the Cougars beat Pacific by 10, pounded St. Mary’s by 13, Santa Clara by 13, and squeaked out an ugly one over San Francisco by 6. This Cougar team, during the four-game win-streak, has moved itself from 4th place in WCC standings into 2nd, with a showdown vs WCC standings leader

Gonzaga on February 22 in the Marriott Center. Tyler Haws is performing at a level that BYU hasn’t seen since the days of THE JIMMER. Eric Mika is finally healthy, and the rest of the team is all in on helping out however needed (biggest props to Mr. Mario Carlino). 

This Cougar team is figuring it out, and getting itself back into the conversation for a NCAA tournament bid. If the Cougars are playing their best basketball this late in the season, they aren’t late to the party. Actually, they’re right on time. 

From the desk of Spencer King, who helps produce BYU Sports Nation on BYU Radio.

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