BYU Basketball has another opportunity to survive and advance in the playoffs Saturday night when the Northern Iowa Panthers visit Provo.
BYU, seeded 2 in the NIT, returned after a poor first half on Wednesday night for beat Long Beach State by a score of 93-72. This match was also in Provo. The win lifted the Cougars to 23-10 this season.
Northern Iowa advanced to the second round of the NIT by knocking out 3-seeded St. Louis on Wednesday 80-68. UNI is 20-11. The Panthers hail from the Missouri Valley Conference, where they were 14-4 – the regular season champions. However, they lost to Loyola Chicago in the conference tournament semifinals.
UNI and BYU have only played once, in 2015 in Hawaii. BYU won, 84-76. The Panthers are 9-4 on the road this season, while BYU is 13-2 at home. The winner of this second round match will qualify for the quarter-finals.
Here is full NIT support.
Like Wednesday’s game, this one will air on ESPN+, so you’ll need a subscription to watch:
- Sat., Mar. 19, 7:00 p.m. MT
- Marriott Center, Provo, UT
TV Broadcast Crew:
- Roxy Bernstein (game by game)
- Corey Williams (Analyst)
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