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Game 12: BYU Cougars vs. Vanderbilt Commodores — Open Game Thread


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33 (AP)
36 (Coaches)
22 (KenPom)

December 23, 2021
9:00 PM CT
Radio: WQZQ 830 AM/93.3 FM/101.9 FM(Affiliates)

NR (Coaches)
77 (KenPom)

So, here’s that Quad 1 opportunity game that I wanted out of Hawaii. After dispatching Hawaii 68-54 last night, Vanderbilt gets a matchup with BYU — a top 25 team according to KenPom, even if the pollsters don’t think so much of them. BYU got here by beating South Florida 54-39 on Tuesday night, and the Cougars have lost just twice this season.

The good news for Vanderbilt is that BYU has shown the ability to lose to not-great teams. They lost in overtime to Utah Valley (139 in KenPom), granted that was a road game (granted, Utah Valley is about five miles from BYU so it wasn’t much of a road game) and they also lost to Creighton (46 in KenPom) on a neutral court. If Vanderbilt can come away with a win, it would be a huge deal for salvaging the season.

(Also, Liam Robbins notably isn’t wearing a boot in pictures that the official MBB Twitter account has posted from Hawaii, if you want a real reason for hope.)