BYU (24-9) vs. No. 6 Gonzaga (29-4)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. MST
Orleans Arena (9,500)
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143)
For Gonzaga The sixth-ranked Bulldogs are a lock to get invited to the NCAA Tournament, but a win in their 21st straight WCC finals would ensure a higher seed.
For BYU The Cougars likely need a victory to earn an invitation to the Big Dance, but getting to the title game after upsetting 20th-ranked Saint Mary's is a huge feat.
For Gonzaga The Zags beat the Cougars twice this season, 68-60 at home in early February and even more convincingly, 79-65, a week and a half ago in Provo.
For BYU The Cougars hope to channel last year's team, which pulled off an upset of the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs in Spokane, Washington, in the regular season finale.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Yoeli Childs, BYU forward. The sophomore is coming off of a career game, having amassed 33 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist vs. the Gaels. Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie scored 26 points with five threes on 10-of-11 shooting on his 20th birthday in a semifinal blowout of San Francisco.
“The guys know we’re capable of beating anyone. We believe that. We feel like we’re built to win this tournament. ” — BYU coach Dave Rose
“That’s a really, really good offensive team. Those top three (Childs, Elijah Bryant and TJ Haws) are a handful. They keep (an opposing) head coach up at night.” — Gonzaga coach Mark Few after his team's win over BYU in regular-season finale.