BYU Cougars (12-1)
@ Arizona Wildcats (6-5)
Monday, Dec 28, 2009, 6:00 PM PST
TV: Fox College Sports
This game is on television if you can find Fox College Sports it is on DirecTv but not sure if it is part of the sports pack or not. Now that is out of the way this is not the typical Arizona team but they are at 6-5 with losses to UNLV and San Diego State out of the Mountain West. To be fair Arizona has the nation's 15th toughest schedule, even with that this is a team that will struggle in the watered down Pac-10 and most likely be on the outside looking in come NCAA tournament time.
While BYU on the other hand has only one loss which came against a Utah State team while is 9-4 not one of Stew Morril's better teams in Logan. BYU is a team that can score points which is evident in their 110-104 win in regulation over Nevada and on the year average 83 per game.
Arizona is not a slow paced team themselves and average 72 per game, but so does their defense which is why the Cats are struggling this year. BYU should be able to take care of business and the win will look good in name recognition but the reality is that the RPI and SOS will take a slight dip unless Arizona picks it up.
Just look for BYU to get Jimmer Freddette of for a big scoring game while Nic Wise and Derrick Williams will carry the load for the Cats. Accuscore has BYU winning this game 78.8 to 70.9 and BYU winning 73.9 percent of the time.