BYU men’s basketball announces home-and-home series with former MWC opponent

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BYU sophomore TJ Haws drives the ball to the basketball during a game in the Marriott Center while teammate Yoeli Childs looks on. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

BYU men’s basketball has agreed to a home-and-home game series with former Mountain West Coast opponent San Diego State, the teams announced Tuesday afternoon.

The teams will first meet at San Diego State in Viejas Arena on Dec. 22, 2018. In 2019, San Diego State will travel to the Marriott Center for the second game in the series on Nov. 9, 2019.

The Cougars and Aztecs played each other in both the Western Athletic Conference and the MWC. Out of the 72 meetings between the teams BYU holds a 48–24 advantage in the all-time series.

BYU finished the 2017–18 season with an overall record of 24–11 and 11–7 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars reached the title game of the WCC Championships and received an at-large bid to the NIT. BYU is No. 12 all-time in NCAA history in total victories and has 29 NCAA tournament appearances, 29 regular season conference titles and two national players of the year.

Last week, BYU coach Dave Rose hired Lee Cummard, a former player and graduate assistant over the past two years for BYU, as BYU basketball’s assistant coach.

In April, BYU guard Elijah Bryant announced he would hire an agent and enter the 2018 NBA Draft, which ended his BYU basketball career. Besides Bryant, BYU forward Yoeli Childs has also declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. However, Childs has not hired an agent in order to maintain NCAA eligibility for the 2018–19 season. In order to maintain NCAA eligibility, Childs will need to withdraw from the NBA Draft by May 30.

Tipoff times and broadcast plans will be determined at a later date.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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