Pink Sneakers


What if I told you pink is becoming the new blue? Well, be aware, it will be come Saturday when the BYU Cougars face off against the Utah Utes for the first time this season. The Cougars will be wearing pink shoes for cancer awareness. This is fitting since their head coach, Dave Rose, is a cancer survivor himself.  If you remember he was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer. It is amazing the support that has developed for cancer research and awareness since Jimmy V’s great acceptance speech at the Espys in 1993. May all the awareness and work eventually lead to a cure.

So, what about the game? In the 294th meeting of the Cougars and Utes in basketball, this game seems easily predictable (Sorry Ute fans, it doesn’t look good.). Let’s take a look at the stats.

BYU
Utah
Point Per Game
82.7
68.8
Points Allowed Per Game
63.1
66.6
Record at Home vs. Away
11- 0
1-5
Based on these statistics, the 20,000 plus fans at the Marriot Center will be seeing a typical BYU rout. With both teams coming off losses (both losses being disappointing), we will see which team stops their losing ways and which on keeps reeling.
Now there is some hope for the Utes. Utah still holds the overall record in the basketball version of the holy war (Holy War is the nickname for this rivalry. It has no reference to any actual war relating to religion.). The fact that it is a rivalry game lets all involved know that anything can happen. Look at Kentucky losing to South Carolina.