SAN FRANCISCO — Road trips in the West Coast Conference feature alluring destinations like Malibu, San Diego and San Francisco.
For a team like BYU, the only WCC team located in the Mountain Time Zone, trading the cold weather and snow storms of Utah for the balmy climes of the West Coast in the months of January and February isn’t a bad deal.
Coach Dave Rose was asked this week if he has a favorite WCC road trip.
“Well, it’s all based on one thing, so you can figure out my favorite gym – the one we win the most in,” Rose said. “The Marriott Center is my favorite gym, obviously; we win the most there. But you can figure out the gyms I like the most and the gyms I don’t. Hotels all look the same, the food tastes the same, the buses smell the same. Plane jet fuel, it’s all the same. There’s only one thing changes, if you win or lose.”
Based on that perspective, San Francisco has been Rose’s favorite road trip over the years. Going into Saturday’s game against USF, the Cougars hadn’t lost at War Memorial Gym as members of the WCC, posting a 7-0 record here against the Dons.
Going into Saturday, BYU was 14-1 overall against San Francisco since joining the WCC.
Here’s the Cougars’ road record against the rest of the WCC as members of the league:
Loyola Marymount: 5-2
Saint Mary’s: 1-7
San Diego: 2-5
Santa Clara: 6-1
Needless to say, Rose’s least favorite road trip is Saint Mary’s.
Rose added that the best road trips are during the summer, when the results don’t matter.5 comments on this story
“If you want to go on some fun road trips with us, the European trips are the fun ones,” Rose said. “Those records don’t stay with you for life, they don’t get pinned to your forehead. So we’ll actually go to the beach on the day of a game. If you figure out our record on those foreign trips, we’ve won more on those trips than anything. Maybe we should just do that all of the time. You can go to Disneyland on the day of the game.”
HARDNETT’S STATUS: Junior guard Jahshire Hardnett missed his fourth consecutive game Saturday due to an injured left hand.
Earlier this week, Hardnett saw a specialist, who called the injury a bone bruise and placed Hardnett’s hand in a cast.
Hardnett is the Cougars’ third-leading scorer, averaging 10.9 points per game.