Chicago State (1-2) at (23) B-Y-U (2-0)
Saturday, November 20th, 10:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Marriott Center (22,700) -- Provo, Utah. Television: BYUtv. Home Record: Chicago State 1-0, BYU 2-0. Away Record: Chicago State 0-2, BYU 0-0. Neutral Record: Chicago State 0-0, BYU 0-0. Conference Record: Chicago State 0-0, BYU 0-0. Series Record: BYU leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The 23rd-ranked BYU Cougars are obvious favorites in tonight's non-conference clash with another set of Cougars, those from Chicago State.
Chicago State, a member of the Great West Conference, opened the season with a hard-fought, 79-75 victory over Concordia University. Unfortunately, the last two opponents were much tougher and the Cougars were clearly outclassed in both outings. After dropping a 33-point decision to DePaul, Chicago State was crushed by Notre Dame on Wednesday, 102-62.
The Cougars of BYU are off to a perfect start and are expected to challenge for the Mountain West Conference title once again. After crushing Fresno State in the season opener, 83-56, BYU was challenged by Utah State on Wednesday. The Cougars weren't dominant by any means, but they did earn a 78-72 win.
BYU won its only previous meeting with Chicago State back in 1987.
Through three outings, the Chicago State Cougars are generating 74.0 ppg while allowing 97.0 ppg to opponents. The top performer for Chicago State is Christian Wall, who is netting 15.7 ppg. Carl Montgomery has been a solid performer as well, as he is posting 11.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg. In the lopsided loss to Notre Dame, the Cougars got 14 points each from Montgomery, Wall and Hajji Martin. Unfortunately, the team connected on only 34.4 percent of its field goal attempts and was outscored 22-13 from the foul line. Rebounding was clearly an area of weakness for Chicago State, which suffered a 59-28 disadvantage on the boards, including 20-7 on the offensive glass.
BYU's Jimmer Fredette is one of the top performers in all of college basketball, and he has certainly lived up to his vast preseason hype thus far. Through two outings, Fredette is averaging 25.0 ppg and 6.5 apg. Noah Hartsock adds 18.0 ppg and Charles Abouo nets 13.0 ppg for BYU, which is generating 80.5 ppg and 64.0 ppg. Against Utah State last time out, the Cougars connected on only 38.7 percent of their field goal attempts, including a 7-of-26 effort from three-point range. Fortunately, the club earned a 23-15 edge in points from the foul line and turned the ball over only nine times. Fredette poured in 26 points to go along with five assists and three steals. Noah Hartsock contributed 15 points and four blocks, Charles Abouo added 13 points and Jackson Emery tallied 10 points.
There is little chance that Chicago State will be able to contain Fredette. Expect BYU to have this one put away by intermission.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 84, Chicago State 58
11/20 10:37:49 ET