BYU Cougars Having A Hard Season With Loss Of Yoeli Childs

Updated: January 11, 2020
Adversity has been a constant companion for the BYU men’s basketball team this season. And the hits just keep on coming. Cougar senior forward Yoeli Childs, who already sat out the first nine games of the season due to an NCAA suspension, suffered an open dislocation of his index finger in practice on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. Even without its leading scorer and rebounder BYU pushed Saint Mary’s to overtime but ended up on the short end of an 87-83 score on Thursday, its sixth straight loss in Moraga. It was a valiant effort by the short-handed Cougars but valiant efforts don’t impress the NCAA Tournament committee, especially when you play in a mid-major conference. You’ve got to win and BYU missed out on a golden opportunity to earn an important victory on the road. Read More... — The man who invented “Bracketology” attended BYU’s 87-84 overtime setback at Saint Mary’s Thursday night. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi watched coach Mark Pope’s Cougars, playing without leading scorer Yoeli Childs, who suffered an open dislocation of the index finger on his shooting hand in practice last Tuesday, fall to the Gaels. So what was he doing in the Bay Area Thursday in the first place? “Have you ever spent January in Philadelphia?” Lunardi said half-jokingly. Earlier this week, Lunardi, who calls his popular NCAA tournament prognostications a combination of “art and science,” had both teams projected as... Read More..., Utah-Saturday, BYU men’s basketball (12-5, 1-1 in West Coast Conference play) hosts Portland (9-8, 1-1 in WCC play) as the Cougars seek to bounce back from an 87-84 loss to Saint Mary’s Thursday. The Cougars were forced to play without senior forward Yoeli Childs (20.9 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) Thursday as he is suffering from a dislocated finger injury. He will remain out of the lineup for Saturday’s tilt against the Pilots. This is only the latest adversity faced on the season by head coach Mark Pope ... Read More...

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