BYU basketball announces 2018–19 conference schedule

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BYU then-sophomore Yoeli Childs looks to pass the ball in BYU’s 83-63 win over Pepperdine. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

The West Coast Conference announced the 2018–19 men’s basketball conference schedule on Wednesday, complete with the scheduling changes made in May 2018.

After reports said Gonzaga’s basketball program was considering switching to the Mountain West Conference, the WCC Presidents’ Council approved a change to the scheduling. This change was made as a part of the Conference’s Men’s Basketball Enhancement Plan, which allows more leniency in scheduling to help WCC teams schedule higher-ranked teams to increase their RPI and, consequently, their chances of being included in the NCAA Tournament.

For the first time, not all the teams in the WCC will play each other twice during conference play. Instead each team will play two teams from the conference only one: one game home and one game away. This means each team will play a total of 16 WCC games instead of 18.

BYU basketball added former Mountain West foe San Diego State (Dec. 22) and Mississippi State (Dec. 29) to fill those two open game slots. The Cougars will play Pepperdine and Santa Clara from the WCC only once during conference play.

The WCC regular season will span over nine weeks, beginning on Jan. 3, 2019 and concluding on March 2, 2019. The West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will be from March 7–12 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

BYU begins its conference play on the road on Jan. 3 against Pacific followed by a road game against Saint Mary’s on Jan. 5.

During the 2017–18 season, BYU basketball finished with a 24–11 overall and 11–7 in the WCC. The Cougars received an at-large bid to the National Invitational Tournament.

See the 2018–19 BYU basketball conference schedule below:

Jan. 3 – at Pacific
Jan. 5 – at Saint Mary’s
Jan. 10 – Portland
Jan. 12 – Santa Clara
Jan. 17 – at Pepperdine
Jan. 19 – at San Francisco
Jan. 24 – Saint Mary’s
Jan. 31 – Gonzaga
Feb. 2 – Loyola Marymount
Feb. 7 – at Portland
Feb. 9 – Pacific
Feb. 14 – at San Diego
Feb. 16 – at Loyola Marymount
Feb. 21 – San Francisco
Feb. 23 – at Gonzaga
March 2 – San Diego

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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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